(Beaver Dam) Officials with Dodge County’s only domestic violence shelter say they have quietly started their capital campaign to help raise funds for their new location. In November PAVE – which stands for Protect, Advocate, Validate and Educate – purchased a building on East Burnett Street. Executive Director Ashley Welak says there are no current fundraising goals as the project is still in its early stages, working currently on the blueprints. She says a new offering that the building will afford is the ability to house pets. Welak says while PAVE will be utilizing most of the building there is some space they will be leasing out. During Tuesday’s appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Welak called the satiation a win-win. She says the increase cashflow will help offset utility costs and the space can be used in the future if PAVE intends to expand. Welak says the top floor of the building will be used for living space and allows the organization to move to a pod setting so there is not much communal living. She says there is no definitive timeline for the project but adds that renovations could take around a year. To learn more about the project you can email Welak at [email protected].
PAVE has their biggest fundraiser of the year coming on on Friday, March 6. Sweet Thanks will be held at the Chapel of the Archangels. Learn more about the fundraiser here: https://pavedc.org/sweet-thanks/