2020 has already been a year of changes for the Cocoon.
Phase II of renovations to the agency began in January. This phase will include completion of the Teen Respite Room and private advocate meeting space in the shelter; construction of a Group Room, which will allow space for such things as the weekly support group; private meeting space in the administration building for Cocoon advocates to meet with survivors; additional security lighting in the parking lot; and a new roof and HVAC system.
All of these renovations are necessary to provide safe, state-of-the-art service to survivors and staff, and keep the building in good repair.
Phase II renovations were made possible by state capital budget appropriation dollars secured by Ohio Sen. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green; Katherine R. Smith Funds for Youth administered on behalf of the Waterville Community Foundation by the Toledo Community Foundation; construction manager the Spieker Company; and an anonymous donor.
The Cocoon has also revamped its logo, website, social media and marketing materials. A teal element has been added to the logo to reflect service to those affected by sexual violence throughout Wood, Ottawa, Seneca and Sandusky counties.
Donations can now be made directly from the webpage and those interested in attending Cocoon events can make reservations at www.thecocoon.org.
The revamped materials were made possible by a grant from the Bowling Green Community Foundation. Cocoon staff worked with MadAveGroup to come up with a consistent look and messaging that can now be found throughout its materials.