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The John R. Oishei Foundation has approved a $182,000 grant to help pay for culinary career training at Carolyn's House, the 19-unit home for homeless women and their children being prepared by the YWCA of Niagara.

The facility, being built in a former Vincentian nurses' residence on Sixth Street, is targeted to open Aug. 10, director Mary Brennan-Taylor said.

All women living in Carolyn's House will be required to take job training. The facility is expected to house women referred by other agencies who are former victims of domestic violence. Their stays will be open-ended, Brennan-Taylor said.

The YWCA will provide case managers to supervise individualized training programs toward each woman's goals. Extended-hours day care will be offered at the site, YWCA Executive Director Kathleen Granchelli said.

"We're ecstatic about getting this grant," said Granchelli. She said the Buffalo-based Oishei Foundation will pay the money over a three-year period. It adds to $500,000 in private contributions and $6 million in government funding commitments the facility has received.

Carolyn's House is named for Carolyn A. Van Schaik, a Niagara Falls attorney and community activist who died in June 2003 in a car crash in Ohio.

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