Ground is broken for crisis center

October 15, 2006|BY A SUN REPORTER

About 150 people gathered in the morning chill Friday for the official groundbreaking for the expanded Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center on Freetown Road. Several speakers remarked on the much colder weather, and how that underscored the importance of the project.

Richard Krieg, president and CEO of the Horizon Foundation, announced a $150,000 donation to the $5 million effort for transitional costs. The shelter's residents are to move for a year to a house at the former Taylor Manor Hospital in Ellicott City, while the 17-year-old building near Atholton High School is demolished and a larger facility built.

The project was speeded by a $1.8 million bridge loan from county government, which also donated $1.5 million to the overall cost.

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