As we celebrate 2021, progress toward the completion of the BrightHouse continues. We are enormously grateful to the team at RA Nelson for keeping us on schedule and under budget.
In this edition of the “BrightHouse Update” you will meet Shelter Manager Jae Dee Wood. Jae Dee shares her views on how trauma-informed features of the BrightHouse will improve her ability to meet the needs of those she serves. Check out a few images from the staff’s first site visit:
For Shelter Manager Jae Dee Wood, her work is all about trust, dignity and safety. Jae Dee will manage the activities of the BrightHouse, creating safety and security for families fleeing violent relationships. In her role, Jae Dee empowers and encourages clients along their healing journey to self-sufficiency. By lending a confidential and nonjudgmental ear, Jae Dee supports survivors in planning for their safety and bright futures. “When a client comes to the shelter, they are putting a lot of trust in the advocate they are meeting for the first time. Clients come exhausted, scared and often crying, and at the BrightHouse they will have a comforting and beautiful place to rest their heads along with easier access to wraparound services. When a client wakes up the first morning, they often share that they feel like themselves again,” says Wood.
Jae Dee is excited for the opening of the BrightHouse because of the transformational difference it will make for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking. For the past two years, she has witnessed the labor of love that is the BrightHouse. “Our board has worked so hard to create a space
for survivors that is designed specifically to meet their needs.” Survivors will learn to build trust at a shelter constructed with intentional, accessible design. The facility is located on the bus route and has special features for clients with disabilities. Dignity for survivors takes form in the new BrightHouse through private and congregate living spaces. By ensuring safety, we are breaking the disruptive cycle of violence. Trust, dignity and safety for survivors is made possible through your generosity.
Jae Dee Wood, Advocate and Shelter Manager