NewStory Center Writes a New Chapter
Rutland, VT – After spending over 30 years at 101 Grove Street, NewStory Center will be relocating its main office to 92 Grove Street in Rutland. The new location will be available to the public beginning Monday, May 16. During the transition, in-person services will be limited, however, we continue to be available via the 24/7 crisis hotline at (802) 775-3232, by emailing [email protected], or direct messaging on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
NewStory Center, the largest service provider for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in Rutland County, purchased 92 Grove Street in February 2022. The new office location will allow NewStory Center to continue providing comprehensive, trauma-informed services in a more comfortable and inviting space that offers adequate off-street parking, and a private entrance.
The building at 101 Grove Street will be converted back into residential shelter which will nearly double the shelter capacity and decrease the dependency on local motels. The new shelter will support up to seven households with seven private rooms (three of which are fully accessible), three kitchens, four bathrooms, laundry, an office, and increased green space. The project is expected to be completed in Winter 2023.
This work is the culmination of a 5-year strategic plan that included a goal to relocate the main office to better suit the needs of the organization. This project will link all of the properties owned by the organization to create a seamless experience for survivors. “We are so excited to start our new chapter!” shares Avaloy Lanning, Executive Director. She continues “survivors in our community deserve space, whether visiting our office or residing in our shelter, that is warm and welcoming, and sends the message that they matter.”
With the support of project manager, Elisabeth Kulas, NewStory Center has applied for ARPA funds from the Vermont Housing & Conversation Board to support the construction at 101 Grove Street. The organization has secured $100,000 in funds from the City of Rutland.
To view the announcement video, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNnuGLQwL1Q