A more than $276,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Human Services will allow the Grant County Women’s Shelter to nearly double in size.

According to the Sheridan Headlight newspaper, ground was broken for the Keeping The Faith Women’s Shelter on Nov. 2.

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In addition to remodeling the existing 1,901 square foot shelter, the grant will allow construction of a 1,875 square foot addition on the west end of the structure.

The shelter currently has a capacity of around 14 people and its projected that the expansion will allow the shelter to handle up to 34 people at a time, depending on family dynamics, including the number of children female clients may have.

The newspaper reported that the expansion is expected to be completed by September 2022.

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In addition to providing shelter for victims of domestic violence, the shelter also provides outreach, support groups, legal services, personal advocacy, workshops and other tools for victims.