The Transitional Living Center is in the process of moving its shelter and operations to this former school building at 23303 Church Rd. in the Town of Dover. (Photo by Ed Nadolski)

Agency will maintain services for homeless during transition

By Ed Nadolski

Editor in Chief

Burlington-based Transitional Living Center, which provides services for homeless women and children in Western Racine County, is moving its operations to a former school building in the Town of Dover.

The move will be complete by the end of June, according to Executive Director Cristen Chafee, who said none of the agency’s services will be affected by the move.

“Our program has not stopped and it won’t stop during the transition,” she said.

The non-profit agency is moving to a former school building, at 23303 Church Rd., that in recent years served as a women’s shelter owned and operated by the Women’s Resource Center of Racine.

TLC will lease the space from the Women’s Resource Center, which ceased operations there in 2019. The building has been vacant since that time.

“They’re happy that there is another organization in there that serves women and children,” Chafee said, noting the renovations made by WRC are a good fit for TLC.

“Because it was a shelter, it really works well for us,” she said.

The building was originally built as a school for the adjacent St. Mary Dover Catholic Parish. The parish closed the school due to declining enrollment and leased the building to the Burlington Area School District, which had classes there until 2014.

TLC began the search for a new facility after being informed last fall that its lease would not be renewed by current landlord Love Inc., 482 S. Pine St., Burlington.

Love Inc. and TLC, which are separate non-profit agencies founded by Judy Morrow, have shared the facility on Pine Street for 17 years, according to Chafee.

“They decided they needed the space,” she said.

Chafee is excited about the prospects for the new facility. “We have been out here the last couple weeks (working on the building) – it’s going to be great,” she said.

To read the entire story see the May 5 edition of the Burlington Standard Press.