CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center (FCC) in Stevens Point recently completed the remodel of its kitchen, but not without a little help from some friends.
“We are extremely grateful to the generosity of our funders and the tradespeople that made this project a reality,” said Jane Benzschawel, Assitant Director-FCC. “This was certainly an overdue improvement for us, as the kitchen is one of the most heavily utilized spaces in the shelter.”
Financial and in-kind donations from the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, Welling Kitchen & Bath, Rasmussen Plumbing, Central State Electric, Family Crisis Center Advisory Board volunteers, Church of the Intercession, Redeemer Lutheran Church and community members made the project possible. It had been more than 20 years since the kitchen had seen any significant improvements.
The kitchen remodel joins a growing list of improvements to the shelter over the past two years including painting, cleaning and furniture upgrades that were undertaken as part of the shelter’s 35th anniversary “Flip our House” project in 2013, and a newly enclosed playground and green space area at the shelter. The first phase the “Secret Garden” project was completed last fall. It included asphalt work, fencing, and updates to the playground and security equipment. A second phase adding raised-bed gardens is in the planning stages.
“These improvements make a big difference for our clients,” said Benzschawel. “Trauma-informed approaches include considering how people are affected by their surroundings. This includes how people interact with their surroundings, and we are committed to keeping the FCC a safe, friendly and useful space for the people who require its services.”
The FCC provides a safe place to stay and supportive and legal advocacy service to domestic abuse survivors and their children as well as short-term housing and intervention services to runaway youth. It serves clients from Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, Adams and Wood counties.