PAVE To Apply For Grant To Help Renovate New Beaver Dam Shelter

(Beaver Dam) A Dodge County organization that helps domestic abuse victims is applying for a grant to help pay for the renovations of a shelter in Beaver Dam. PAVE – which stands for Protect, Advocate, Validate and Educate – serves Dodge and Jefferson counties with its existing shelter in Beaver Dam and an outreach office in Watertown. The non-profit has already raised over $1.2 -million-dollars during their capital campaign to help cover the costs of building a bigger facility on East Burnett Street.

The Dodge County Board this week approved to be a conduit for the group to apply for a $3.2-million-dollar Neighborhood Investment Grant funded by the American Rescue Act. In order to be eligible, applicants must go through a government entity who will disperse the awarded funds if the organization is selected. PAVE’s Executive Director Ashley Welak says the grant funds will be used to complete the $2.8-million-dollars of renovations with the additional money going towards five-year operational expenses and furnishings

Welak says she has been working with WDS Construction out of Beaver Dam and Excel Engineering from Fond du Lac who oversee the project costs and their figures where used to determine how much grant money to apply for.

Welak says the second floor of the building on East Burnett Street will be made for shelter in a pod like setting as well as three emergency apartment settings. She says this project will increase their bed size by eight. Welak says the basement will be a play area for children as well as a pet space.

Welak says PAVE will find out it in December if they will get the grant funds. More information about PAVE and their services can be found on their website at