Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault and Lily’s House History

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1978 First meeting between Vilas County Probation & Parole and Lakeland Council AODA representatives to discuss the need for service needs of victims of abuse and their children.

1979 Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault was incorporated as a non-profit organization. Services were offered in Forest, Oneida, and Vilas counties. Hotels and local volunteers opened their homes for victims who were in need of emergency shelter.

1980 Tri-County Council rented a home and opened the their first emergency shelter.

1985 The Sexual Assault Program was established. With a generous donation Tri-County Council was able to purchase a permanent location for the emergency shelter.

1988 Lily Kongslein joins the Tri-County Council team as a volunteer.

2004 Shellie Holmes joins the Tri-County Council team as an Oneida County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate.

2006 The Board approves Shellie Holmes as the new Executive Director of Tri-County Council.

2012 After 24 years of volunteer Service Lily Kongslein retires at the age of 90 . . . and the dreams of “Lily’s House” begins . . .

2013 Tri-County Council moves the office to a new permanent location on Country Dr. in Rhinelander.

2014 The construction of “Lily’s House” begins at the Country Dr. location.

2015 In September “Lily’s House” is dedicated to Lily Kongslein. “Lily’s House” opened it’s doors in December.

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