Ground is broken for construction of domestic trauma center in John Day

By on Monday, August 24th, 2020 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News Regional News

JOHN DAY – The groundbreaking for the Meredith Center for Domestic Trauma Service happened this morning in John Day at 115 NW Bridge St.

Funding is made possible through a Community Development Block Grant through the Oregon Business Development Department.

(Press Release from Heart of Grant County)

“The official groundbreaking for Heart of Grant County’s domestic trauma service center occurred this week and construction will begin soon. Funding for the service center is through a Community Development Block Grant through the Oregon Business Development Department awarded to Grant County with matching funds from the Oregon Community Foundation, Bank of Eastern Oregon, Old West Federal Credit Union and many local contributors.

The construction contract was awarded to CB Construction of La Grande as the low bidder. Construction is expected to take 8-10 months.

Heart of Grant County is a community based 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering confidential advocacy and emergency services to victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Advocates complete extensive training and Heart’s advocates have many years’ experience in providing trauma services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.

Under Federal law, Heart advocates have special confidential privilege and are not mandatory reporters. This essential protection allows victims to seek help, information and guidance without disclosure of their personal situation to anyone else unless they grant permission.

Heart advocates also help facilitate and coordinate any legal, medical, mental and behavioral health services, and other social services that victims may need in addition to providing emergency shelter, food, clothing and personal care.

The new facility will provide improved confidential office space and storage, conference area and kitchen for group activities and a larger shelter to accommodate more survivors needing services at the same time.”