Patricia Klahr

Patricia Klahr, President and CEO of Chrysalis, attends day one of renovations of the Chrysalis Transitional Housing Facility in Scottsdale on Feb. 23.

A handful of former and current professional athletes – including former Major League Baseball All-Star Jesse Crain and former MLB outfielder Cody Ross – gathered recently in Scottsdale to begin renovations on the Chrysalis Transitional Housing Facility.

Magical Builders, in partnership with the Crain Family Foundation – founded by Crain and his wife Becky – are expected to complete the total renovation of the domestic violence shelter later this month. 

“It has been magical for Chrysalis and, well, all of us!” said Patricia Klahr, president and CEO of Chrysalis. “They were so excited to help Chrysalis residents and their children.”

Renovations include transforming the community kitchen, family living space, computer and media area, and outdoor recreational area, as well as landscaping, and lighting, painting, furniture, electronics work, among other amenities and improvements that include the addition of computers.

According to Klahr, certain areas of the facility, built in 1988, have needed renovations for more than 25 years.

“It has been in constant use since it was converted in 2011 to five dorm-style apartments with a community kitchen to meet the growing need for longer-term safe housing. The facility and the women, children, and men it serves will greatly benefit from the Magical Builders renovation,” said Magical Builders President and co-founder Christy Frank.

“What we loved is that they listened to our staff about what our residents needed,” Klahr said. “Both foundations were able to leverage other resources, which made this project more impactful than ever anticipated.”

Chrysalis worked with both Magical Builders and Crain Family Foundation on the project, which initially started in February 2020 and was paused by the pandemic.

“But we are excited that we are now completing this important project for Chrysalis,” Frank said.

The project, including improvements, labor and materials, cost more than $300,000. 

“The project was made possible by a generous grant to Magical Builders from the Crain Family Foundation,” Frank said.

Crain Family Foundation is a Scottsdale nonprofit that assists families and children who are in financial hardship due to unforeseen life events. Magical Builders is a nonprofit whose mission is to “unify people to advance the well-being of children and their communities.” 

Both hosted a celebrity golf tournament at Grayhawk Golf Club the day before the start of renovations to raise funds for the project.

Lowe’s also helped make the project happen by donating supplies, equipment and appliances; and Ashley Furniture donated furniture.

Other organizations that have contributed to the project include National Restaurant Supply, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P, JB Home Design, Concierge Service, Sorso Wine Room, the Selva Family, the Arizona Coyotes, among other local companies and individuals.

“We absolutely worked as a group with the Crain Family Foundation and their team. They wanted our families to feel independent, empowered and be able live in a special and comfortable environment,” Klahr said.

The project is happening at a much-needed time for Chrysalis.

Annually, the nonprofit helps 1,500 people a year, with 950 being adult victims, 150 being child victims, and 400 being offenders.

But amid the pandemic, the request for services has increased for the nonprofit.

“We also have had to reduce clients in our emergency shelter so that we could be in alignment with social distancing guidelines,” Klahr added. “The pandemic has been so difficult on everyone, especially, when you are living in an abusive environment. Safety for the kiddos becomes even more critical.”

According to Rebekah Power, the nonprofit’s grant administrator, even before COVID-19, the needs of domestic violence survivors already exceeded the available resources in Arizona.

After the onset of the pandemic, these needs have “grown to a critical level.” 

According to Klahr, the renovation project will increase the quality of life for future residents.

“They will want to pay it forward for additional families,” she added. “Our families will feel valued and respected.”

“Our three organizations worked so well together. True team effort,” Klahr said. “I feel like three organizations have become one large family!”

Information: noabuse.orgmagicalbuilders.orgcrainfamilyfoundation.org

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