Peaceful Paths to showcase new design at open house

The new Peaceful Paths building officially reopened June 1, 2010, allowing room for new growth for the organization.

Nicole Crisp/Correspondent
Published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 6:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 6:01 p.m.

The future of Peaceful Paths is starting to look as bright as the fresh yellow paint on the exterior of the building, which was rebuilt after a fire last year.


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What: Peaceful Paths Open House; public tours of the new building.
When: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: 2100 N.W. 53rd Ave.
Admission: The event is free and open to the public. Donations can be made throughout the evening, a complete list of the office's needs is listed online at

The new building is located at the same address and has 9,000 square feet of space, about 1,000 square feet more than the previous building. Officials also used the opportunity to redesign the building's layout with the safety of the organization's clients in mind.

"The main goal for the building design was for it be evocative of that safety and security, so we wanted it to look like your home," said Peaceful Paths Executive Director Theresa Harrison.

Peaceful Paths' main office building was destoyed by fire in February 2009. Officials said they believe the fire was caused by an electrical problem.

The new design of the building will be showcased at the upcoming open house, which takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Peaceful Paths, 2100 N.W. 53rd Ave.

"We're just really excited about getting people the opportunity to see how much of a difference they made to our organization and how this building is going to mean so much to us moving forward," said Harrison.

Visitors can show their continued support by buying a personalized brick for the "Peaceful Path" outside the building, adopting a room or contributing items requested on the organization's wish list. Officials are still trying to raise their remaining $50,000 debt by the end of their 2011 fiscal year.

"It's tough economic times, we understand that. But we are really confident that folks are so supportive of what we do and understand that when times get bad the pressures on families tend to increase, and as those outside factors increase the internal strife many times increases as well,” said Harrison. “Our demand is up not only for services, the basic services we offer, but also all those peripherals.

“All of the food that people need, the relocation dollars that they need, the utility payments that they need, all of those demands are up," said Harrison.

Although the agency's important client services continued throughout the process, support came too late for the Peaceful Paths Thrift Store, which closed, a casualty of the binding financial situation created by the fire. Donations will continue to be given through Barbara's Thrift Store, 4118 N.W. 6th St., which was opened Aug. 18 by Barbara Sceals, who was the manager of the Peaceful Paths thrift store.

“Rarely have I seen a community move so quickly to ensure Peaceful Paths was able to continue providing life-saving services after such a tragic event,” said Tiffany Carr, president and CEO of Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), who is scheduled to speak at the open house.

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the event.

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