Crisis center shelter construction underway

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

GAINESVILLE, TX -- Construction is well underway for a non profit crisis center in Cooke county.

Abigail's Arms is a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and other traumatic events, and they've outgrown their current space.

The new building will serve as a shelter, which is the first and only one of it's kind in Cooke county.

Right now, Abigail's Arms sends victims to neighboring counties for shelter.

The new location is expected to be complete next summer. It will hold 44 women and children.

Executive director, Kim Cook, is glad they'll be able to offer a home to Cooke county women soon.

"There's been some horrific stories of women who just say 'I can't go. I'm just not gonna uproot my family, I'm not going to uproot my children. So, unfortunately they'll stay in the abusive situation. And so when we open, or close to after we open and we're starting to operate, we anticipate that all of those rooms are going to be full," Cook said.

Board members said the project has been a community-wide effort. Abigail's Arms is in need of donations and volunteers. To get involved visit their website.

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