A grand re-opening ceremony was held Thursday for a local shelter dedicated to helping women and children.
The Catholic Family Center’s newly renovated Sanctuary House provides space for emergency housing for 47 women and children in the Rochester area.
The house spent the last eight months under construction with the help of $1.7 million in state funding. Upgrades include a new roof, new HVAC system, handicap accessible bathrooms and creating an overall friendly environment.
“This is very important. I’ve been with Catholic Family Center for 18 years and every year we see women who are homeless and in need of housing,” said Lisa Lewis, vice president of Crisis and Stabilization Services. “So, to have our site redone so it’s more warm and more inviting — it just feels so wonderful.”
The Catholic Family Center has operated the Sanctuary House since 2002. They serve about 900 people per year — around 500 of those are children.