LAW WEEK COLORADO
In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced April 21 a $1 million grant was awarded to the Rose Andom Center to finance its capital campaign.
Funds from the National Mortgage Settlement are being allocated to complete Colorado’s first-ever center dedicated to addressing the various needs of domestic violence victims. More than 4,000 cases of domestic violence are reported each year in Denver, according to Coffman’s office. The Rose Andom Center will facilitate access to housing referrals, medical care, legal services, counseling, children’s services, job referrals and more.
“While Colorado’s housing economy has rebounded, victims of domestic violence still have a fundamental need for housing and support services. The Rose Andom Center will empower victims to become survivors, and that’s why I couldn’t be more proud to deliver a $1 million check to bring the fundraising campaign closer to the finish line and enable construction to begin,” Coffman said in a release.
In January, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey and the Denver Justice Council, as the fiscal agent for the Rose Andom Center, approached the Colorado Attorney General’s Office to request assistance with its fiscal campaign to complete the first family justice center in Colorado. Those discussions led to the $1 million grant from Colorado’s National Mortgage Settlement, announced in March 2012. Funds from that settlement were specifically earmarked for foreclosure prevention, loan modification and housing.
“I think that the critical need for temporary and permanent housing solutions for the victims of domestic violence and their children, and the ability of the Rose Andom Center to help facilitate access to those housing needs, makes this a perfect fit for the use of those settlement dollars,” said Coffman.
With the City of Denver’s help, a 48,000 square foot building was secured at 1330 Fox Street to provide “wraparound” services and marshal currently dispersed resources into a coordinated, centralized service delivery system that reduces the number of places victims must go to access services, according to Coffman.
The Rose Andom Center will operate as an independent 501(c)(3) to manage and coordinate the broad scope of services serving an anticipated 3,000 people per year. It is named in honor of successful Denver entrepreneur and McDonalds franchise owner, Rose Andom, and her lead gift of $1 million. The building is currently undergoing renovation and will likely open at the end of the year.