The Rotary House was vision and a labor of love for MSCFV Executive Director Jeanne Yeager and Centreville Rotary Club Past President Greg Torchio. The Centreville Rotary Club expressed interest in helping MSCFV as part of their Centennial Project. In 2000, discussions between the Centreville Rotary Club and MSCFV began and the need for Transitional Housing was identified. The location was identified and the Rotary Club secured a loan to purchase the property located in the heart of Centreville. Rotary Club Past President Greg Torchio, who is also an architect, provided pro bono services in developing the plans that would become the Rotary House.
The ground breaking took place on October 25, 2003 and since that date the Rotary Club has worked tirelessly to bring the Rotary House to life. Completely dependant on volunteers to complete the work on the duplex housing unit.
The Rotary House provides much needed Transitional Housing for clients of MSCFV who are participating in the Transitional Program. MSCFV also currently operates a 30 day crisis shelter where victims of domestic violence can reside on a temporary basis.
Often victims of domestic violence are faced with the daunting task of locating and obtaining affordable housing while attempting to secure employment and remedy any ongoing legal issues once they leave the relationship. The Rotary House provides the selected transitional clients with housing for a maximum of 18 months allowing them to concentrate their efforts on the other issues resulting from their abusive relationship.
The Rotary House consists of two three bedroom furnished apartments independent of each other. The Rotary House contains an office for the Transitional Services Coordinator and a basement for the storage of donations. The Transitional Services Coordinator spends time working in the Rotary House and provides residents with supportive services.