The Cocoon is preparing for the next phase of renovations, thanks to a $375,000 grant in the State Capital Appropriations Bill.
State Rep. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, toured The Cocoon’s state-of-the-art shelter facility this week. The new shelter opened last May – possible because of State Capital Budget Appropriations funding that the organization received last year.
This doubled the emergency shelter’s capacity and created an ideal environment to recover from domestic and sexual violence. The floor plan prioritizes safety and community, and features pet friendly spaces, ADA accessible designs, and shared kitchens and dining rooms.
“The Cocoon is very appreciative of the support provided over the years to help us ensure all survivors have access to the safety and healing supports they need. Our work is possible because of the generous support of our community and our community leaders,” said Kathy Mull, The Cocoon executive director.
There is still a lot of work to be done before the comprehensive advocacy center is complete. Ninety percent of The Cocoon’s services are provided to survivors that never reside in shelter. The next phase of the remodel will complete a group meeting space for support groups and activities, a private space for on-site Children’s Counseling Services, and areas for advocates to provide individualized safety planning services.
“We are thankful for the continued support of Rep. Gavarone and Senator Gardner. These additional funds will help us get one step closer to our goal of creating a comprehensive advocacy center to serve all survivors in one location,” Mull said.
In 2017, The Cocoon responded to 5,739 service calls and provided more than 3,100 nights of emergency, safe housing.