WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Hope Crisis Center in Fairbury, NE will receive a $83,800 grant from the Community Facilities Grants program:

“The Hope Crisis Center in Fairbury provides refuge and support for victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Due to the growing opioid crisis, many of these victims have been exposed to drug abuse. This grant will improve the center’s facility, help address this epidemic, and deliver better care for Nebraskans in need.”

More information on the Community Facilities Grants program from the USDA:

Hope Crisis Center will use this rural development investment to buy and renovate an existing office building that will provide counseling rooms, interview rooms, and storage area for the crisis center. This facility provides a safe haven for women and children that are victims of domestic and sexual abuse in seven counties in southeast Nebraska. Many victims have been in an atmosphere where there has been substance abuse like opioids. This grant will support the Hope Crisis Center’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis in their area.

The total cost for this project is $595,800, which the Hope Crisis Center has received additional federal assistance and applicant contributions for $512,000.