WARSAW — For the past 30 years, the Beaman Home has resided in a facility equipped with three bedrooms and 13 beds. The limited space has restricted how much the organization could offer victims of domestic violence in the community. This will all change as the Beaman home moves to their new facility by the end of the month on Parker Street.
The Beaman Home is a place for both men and women to find solitude from domestic violence at home. Executive Director, Tracie Hodson, is excited for the residents to move into the new facility. “The building you see is beautiful but it’s what is on the inside that is extraordinary,” said Hodson.
Previously, the shelter was unable to adequately serve domestic violence victims partially because of the limited amount of sleeping arrangements. The Beaman Home has a policy that no person asking for help be turned away because of lack of space. When the beds became filled, cots would be set up. When the home would become too full, individuals would be sent to sister organizations who could give the person a place to stay.
Hodson explains the Beaman Home is designed to help victims of domestic violence through the entire spectrum of the process of them coming to them for help and saying, “I’m done being a victim” to continue walking along side them as they move out and begin starting a new life.
In addition to providing housing for victims of domestic violence, the Beaman Home also provides advocates to help provide support for individuals and help them get back on their feet. Those frequenting the Beaman Home can also take advantage of parenting and budgeting classes.
Hudson explains the new facility will also allow for more focus to be put on the children of domestic violence victims. She believes putting attention on the children is an important aspect of preventing more kids in homes with domestic violence ending up in similar situations when they are older. The physiological effects of repeatedly watching someone being verbally or physically abused is the same for observer as it is for the person the abuse is directed towards Hodson explained. The Beaman Home desires to break the cycle of generations who continue to struggle being in abusive relationships.
Once the construction is complete, the new facility will have just under 11,000 square feet, 38 beds and 11 resident rooms. The facility will be equipped with cameras in every public space. The space will also have a computer lab with four to six computers.