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ONTARIO, Ore. -- A project dear to the Ontario community is finally complete after ten years of planning and saving.

Thanks to a recent grant, nearly a dozen women now have a safe place to escape to with their families.

An open house was held at the shelter for women and children in Ontario Friday afternoon.

Crews broke ground just last December, after Project DOVE and Malheur County were awarded a $1.1 million Oregon Community Development block grant.

Project organizers say this facility for victims of domestic violence is a big step up from their previous shelter.

This way we'll be able to serve more people with less staff and get more done with the victims during the day while we're here in one building, said Sue Johnson, Exec. Director of Project DOVE. I'm just relieved that it's done, and I'm glad that we can serve more people.

The new 7,000 square foot facility can house up to ten women and their children.

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