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Options moves to new location in Hays

Domestic violence and sexual assault service provider, Options, has moved its administrative offices to 2716 Plaza Ave. in Hays. The new location allows Options to provide critical services in a more sensitive and professional setting, while increasing the amount of private meeting space and staff work areas.

Charlotte Linsner, Options Executive Director said, "The decision to make this move reflects Options dedication to continue providing life-saving advocacy services and, also the continued commitment to address the needs of violence victims throughout northwest Kansas. It is an exciting step for us, and we are forever grateful to all who were involved in making the move possible."

Options invites the public to tour the facility, especially the children's dedicated room.

The building previously was owned by the Farm Bureau of Hays and had been unoccupied since 2010. When approached by Options, the Farm Bureau board was supportive and agreed to reduce the price of the building. With the sale of the previous Options office, the use of reserve funds and a modest loan, Options was able to purchase the building.

Kenton Olliff, Options' board president said, "This move would not have been possible without the support of the community members and organizations involved. The decision to purchase this property was not made lightly. We are hopeful the community we serve will support this move both in spirit and when considering their opportunities to donate."

Options provides free and confidential services to any individual who has experienced domestic, sexual, interpersonal or stalking violence in northwest Kansas. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, personal support, safe shelter, community referrals, individual counseling, support groups, community awareness and prevention programs. Options serves the 18 counties of northwest Kansas with two offices -- a main office in Hays and an outreach office in Colby. Learn more at www.help4abuse.org. Options is a United Way of Ellis County participating agency.