The single-family house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and sits on a large lot, according to Joelle Gomez, CEO of the San Joaquin County Women’s Center-Youth and Family Services. It can shelter at most a dozen adults and children at a time.
“It’s a great space,” she said Friday, Dec. 27.
Gomez was unwilling to disclose the location of the house, to protect the women and children it will eventually shelter.
The building was purchased for $299,000 at the end of November, she said, and plans are underway to do minor renovations using the remainder of the center’s $500,000 budget. Gomez said the money will also pay for maintenance and furnishings.
The city of Tracy has been without a battered women’s shelter since February, when the Tracy Refuge for Empowerment and Education House closed its doors due to disrepair. T.R.E.E. House, which opened in May 2004, provided shelter for eight women and children.
“It’s been nearly a year since we closed the T.R.E.E. House,” she said. “I’m so excited (with the new site). It’s our goal to open up in the spring.”
Center officials were close to opening a new shelter in mid-September, after negotiating to purchase a house on the 400 block of East Hollywood Avenue. (Read previous story.) They withdrew that offer when neighborhood residents protested the shelter’s opening and revealed its address.
Gomez called the loss of that house a minor setback that presented her with a challenge. She said the neighbors at the new site have welcomed the shelter to the area.
“I knew it would happen eventually,” she said. “Our goal is to make it a sanctuary and a wonderful place for women to escape violence.”
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