RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Triangle Family Services offers therapy, housing assistance and supervised visitation for families.
“They come to us at the worst times of their lives. When they come in and there are bars on the windows, there are locks on the doors. This really presents another opportunity for crisis and trauma,” said Alice Lutz, CEO of Triangle Family Services.
Lutz said a prize near $400,000 changes that.
“It’s like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and winning that golden ticket,” she said.
A 25-year renovation plan is now reduced to one year. They are installing real changing tables, improving the lighting and resurfacing the car park.
“We’re not trying to shake a broken lamp to make sure we can turn on a light and literally during your therapy session your therapist moves a bucket around so you can catch the water,” Lutz said.
The money awarded to them by the city of Raleigh came from an award from the US bailout. Raleigh recently awarded $10 million to nonprofits for capital improvement projects.
“It’s not every day that you get a $70 million pot that lands in your lap for doing something,” said Evan Raleigh, assistant city manager of Raleigh.
Of the $73 million allocated to the city, $29 million has been used. There is $44 million left for future projects. The city has until December 2026 to spend the rest of its US bailout funding.
“We want to be really thoughtful, to make sure we’re meeting the needs that exist immediately, but to make sure we’re good stewards of those resources,” Raleigh said.
Of these $73 million:
- $10 million went to fight homelessness
- $6.5M went to economic recovery
- $12 million went to community health
- $650,000 went to infrastructure projects
Although it’s only a one-time payment, Lutz said it will have a lasting impact.
“For years of having a safe and secure place they can come and be treated like part of our family,” she said.
Triangle Family Services hopes to have completed most of its upgrades before returning to in-person services in May.