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Safe Harbors establishing shelter

Six counties out of the 62 in New York state do not currently have access to a domestic violence shelter, and three of them are in the Finger Lakes region — Ontario, Seneca, and Yates counties.

Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes Inc., which has offices in Ontario, Seneca, and Yates counties and covers all three counties with its services, is aiming to cut that number in half by establishing a shelter for survivors of abuse in Seneca County that will help those in need in all three counties get out of difficult situations.

Nearly a year ago, Safe Harbors received a $300,000 grant from state Sen. Pam Helming, R-54 of Canandaigua, that Executive Director Marisa Rubé said will cover either the construction of a new building or the acquisition of an existing building.

“We are well under way and actually currently just waiting to close on a property,” Rubé said.

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