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Waterloo Women's Center for Change officially opens


It's been a long time coming, but Tuesday was move in day for officials at the Waterloo Center for Change.

The facility has been sitting empty for two and a half years due to a lack of state funding.

Dorothy Bray moved into her new room Tuesday after staying at the Waterloo Residential Correctional Facility on Sixth Street.

"The old facility was like a five man rooms, three man rooms," said Bray.

Bray says she enjoys the privacy in her new home because the new rooms are just two person rooms. Bray says, though, she isn't going to be at the facility much longer.

"I'm very excited to spend time with my kids, my grand babies," said Bray.

Bray is leaving on Friday. She has already served two years in prison, and two months at the other Waterloo facility.

Officials say the best part about opening up the new facility is the women are separated from the men, and it's a more encouraging environment for women to change.

"We've always had issues whether it be trauma issues, whether it be custody issues what have you, having them housed with the males. For their safety, protection, and dealing with those treatment issues it's just good to have them here," said Alan Hoff, residential manager.

The new facility has 45 beds, but currently they are moving in only 25 women.

Bray says the new place is a much better environment. She says for her, better days are ahead and her money laundering days are over.

"My hope is to continue my job and continue staying sober and just be a mother to my five kids, four grand babies," said Bray.



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