PORTLAND -- Nearly three years after an arsonist destroyed The Dougy Center, the non-profit is rebuilding a new home in Southeast Portland.
Supporters, volunteers and families broke ground Wednesday morning.
The new facility will stand at the same location on southeast 52nd where the Dougy Center has supported grieving families for 30 years.
Laurie Zwingli had two small boys and a third one on the way when her husband committed suicide in 2004. Zwingli says the center was a safe haven for her family.
The temporary facility was nice but that wasn't home, this site is home, Zwingli said. To see this again it's a rebirth.
Donations and an insurance settlement have covered 70 percent of the construction costs.
Construction should be finished by this fall.
The arsonist was never caught.