A CASA St. Petersburg Facebook photo shows community members spreading the word to end domestic violence.
ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -
An agency that provides lifesaving services for Bay Area residents is expanding.
Community Action Stops Abuse, also known as CASA, is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for new shelter. The 40,000 square-foot facility in St. Petersburg will include 100 beds, which is more than three times larger than the existing shelter has.
"Our current 30-bed shelter is no longer adequate to serve the needs of our residents, since we are turning away 1,400 women and children each year," explained Executive Director of CASA, Linda Osmundson. "Through a coordinated community effort, we will be expanding our capabilities to help survivors of domestic violence who need a safe place to stay."
According to CASA's website, the organization has been providing lifesaving services to women, men and children living with domestic violence since 1977. For more than 35 years, the community has relied upon them to provide refuge, crisis intervention, advocacy, prevention, professional training and community education in an effort to end domestic violence for Pinellas County families.