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As need and programs grow at LACASA, so does the need to expand

LACASA Center, established in 1982 to provide help and hope for victims of abuse, has outgrown the current location on West Grand River near M-59 and recently purchased a 20-acre parcel for approximately $500,000 as the future site for a new agency. The property is located off Tooley Road, across from the county’s EMS Center.

LACASA President & CEO Bobette Schrandt said that the agency’s current building, constructed in 2002 following a community capital campaign, has grown too small for their needs. Schrandt says that agency, along with the Crisis Shelter, have experienced severe space shortages over the last few years. The organization even explored the possibility of placing a modular office to sit in its parking lot to alleviate the demand for space.

“Our services and programs have continued to expand based on community need. The number of shelter residents and agency clients have continued to increase,” Schrandt said. “Our staff has tripled in size over the last 10 years, and growth in every area of our organization has exceeded the space needed for us to operate efficiently and effectively.”

LACASA provides nearly 30 programs and services for victims, survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. “We have exceeded space capacity in our Crisis Shelter, counseling areas, community education departments, and administrative office,” said Schrandt. “We cannot build up or out at our current location and experts advised us to plan for the future by identifying a new site that would meet the expanding needs of our clients and the community.”

LACASA recently told the Howell Township Planning Commission that they are hoping to have the new facility built and occupied within three years. The nonprofit is in the strategic planning phase of the project and expects to make a formal public announcement in the fall.


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