Tri-County Council holds open house for new shelterSubmitted: 10/04/2015
RHINELANDER - Emotions ran high at Lily's House Shelter Saturday.

After many years of planning, the Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault finally opened the doors to its new shelter.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the public was able to take a tour of the new facility. The new building houses both the offices and the shelter.

It was been a dream of the Tri-County Council for a long time.

"I am absolutely elated," said Tri-County Council Executive Director Shellie Holmes. "I am so excited that this day is here. That things are pretty much finished, but the fact that Lily is still with us and that she could enjoy this day and that we could honor her means the world to all of us. She's very special." 

The shelter is named after Lily Kongslein. Lily volunteered at multiple rolls at the shelter for 25 years.

Holmes said the new shelter wouldn't have happened without Lily and the support of the community.

"I want to thank the communities of the Northwoods for supporting the work that we do for 36 years. Especially the people who've been able to give the push to where we are today, because without that support we wouldn't have been able to do it," said Holmes.

The shelter is open to anyone who doesn't feel safe in their home.

Story By: Katie Thoresen

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