SafePlace hosts celebration Friday for new expanded headquarters in Olympia

SafePlace will hold a groundbreaking celebration at 5:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 5) for its new home at 521 Legion Way SE, Olympia. The event will feature live music by Olympia band Bevy along with comments from local dignitaries including Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero.

SafePlace is a nonprofit organization that serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. SafePlace helps thousands of Thurston County women every year, but is running out of room at its current home at Legion Way and Adams Street.

The new building will increase SafePlace’s space from 2,300 square feet to about 9,500 square feet. That means more space for support groups, child care activities and more. The organization hopes to open the first phase of its new headquarters by the end of 2014, said executive director Mary Pontarolo.

The expansion will help SafePlace meet demand for services. In 2012, SafePlace fielded about 4,500 crisis calls, but in 2013, the number reached 5,273, according to the organization. The organization also operates a 28-bed shelter and a 24-hour hotline.

Aside from Friday’s celebration, work parties are scheduled for Sept. 26 and Sept. 28. To learn more, contact 360-754-6300 or visit safeplaceolympia.org.