October 8, 2004
On October 8, 2004, a crowd of seventy community supporters, building industry leaders and elected officials joined with HomeAid San Diego and its project partners, Shea Homes San Diego and the Community Resource Center at the Encinitas City Hall to celebrate the completion of Carol’s House, a shelter for women and children who are escaping domestic violence.
Carol’s House was the fourth shelter project completed by HomeAid San Diego in the three years since the organization was established in March 2002, and the first to assist victims of domestic violence. Although law enforcement agencies within the city and county of San Diego annually respond to over 20,0-00 calls of domestic violence, there are only 246 shelter beds available county-wide for victims and their children. According to Mark Read, HomeAid San Diego’s then board president, “Carol’s House provided an ideal opportunity for our organization to tap the resources of the building and real estate industries to provide safe shelter for women and children in crisis.” Carol’s House was generously supported by gifts from Price Charities and Union Bank of California Foundation.
Construction of Carol’s House was the culmination of many years of planning by the Community Resource Center, a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive social services to residents of San Diego’s north coastal region. The agency’s former facility, built in the 1950’s, was overcrowded and in need of significant repairs and renovation. Plans for Carol’s House came to life in October 2003 when HomeAid San Diego contacted the Community Resource Center with an offer to help. HomeAid San Diego enlisted the participation of leading residential home builder, Shea Homes San Diego to take the lead as Builder Captain for the project.
Carol’s House was the second time in recent months that HomeAid and Shea Homes had teamed up to help families in need. In early June, Shea Homes and HomeAid America, joined forces with the producers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to build a new home from the ground up in seven days for the Garay family in Los Angeles.
Drawing on the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” experience, Shea Homes’ San Diego division applied its expertise to complete a similar “rapid build” on Carol’s House. With cooperation from the City of Encinitas, construction got underway in late August and was finished eighteen working days later. Shea Homes San Diego and a team of over seventy-five trade partners and suppliers worked six days a week to build the twenty-four bed facility. Nearly all of the labor and materials for the $350,000 project were donated by Shea Homes San Diego and its’ trade partners, subcontractors and suppliers.
According to Laurin Pause, Executive Director of the Community Resource Center, the welcoming, comfortable living spaces at the new shelter have made a huge difference for the clients. With bed space for 24 women and children, Carol’s House more than doubles the capacity of the agency’s previous shelter. Carol’s House features eight bedrooms, a fully remodeled kitchen complete with granite counter tops, a communal dining area, great rooms on both floors 3 ½ bathrooms and staff office space. In addition to safe shelter, clients receive the services they need to live independent and self-sufficient lives.