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A Long History of Help and Healing for Victims of Domestic Abuse

Golden House began in 1979 as a 24-hour HELPLINE known as the Brown County Task Force for Battered Women and operated entirely by volunteers. By 1982, support groups, community counseling, and children's programming were added under the agency's new name of the Family Violence Center, Inc.

The first shelter for women and children was established in 1981 in space rented at Our Lady of Charity. Three years later, a permanent shelter was made possible through the donation of a five-bedroom home from Thomas J. Lutsey, Sr. The gift from the owner and president of Gold Bond Company became aptly known as Golden House.

As the program grew and services were added, the Family Violence Center, Inc. outgrew Golden House and a capital campaign, supported largely by Thomas Lutsey, Sr., was conducted in 1992. The following year, saw the opening of the current building on University Ave in Green Bay which includes 11 bedrooms and the capacity to house 40 women and children.

In 2006, the agency's name was changed to Golden House, Inc., a more positive name which continues the legacy of the Lutsey family.

Today, Golden House, Inc. offers a comprehensive program that includes a 24-hour emergency Helpline, 24-hour emergency shelter, legal advocacy, individual counseling for victims and their children, group counseling for victims and their children, and outreach programming.
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