April 30, 2018

Final Stage Of Major Shelter Remodel

This spring, YWCA Spokane completed the final stage of a major remodeling project at our safe shelter for survivors of domestic violence that began in 2013. This significant project included a full overhaul of the kitchen area which now includes a 2nd ADA compliant kitchen, remodeling some of the bathrooms, and a major landscape remodel to the backyard area.

This final stage focused on upgrading a bathroom and installing an ADA compliant ramp.  We are so thankful to STCU for their generous donation that allowed us to remodel this bathroom at our Safe Shelter.  We also want to thank Walker Construction for turning this bathroom into a functional and welcoming space for the survivors that we serve.

Creating Beloved Community

Emergency shelters and access to housing are essential for victims of domestic violence who leave their abusive partners in search of safety. Experience has show that a survivor is more likely to go back to her abuser if the stress experienced when transitioning to alternative housing increases beyond a certain threshold. We actively work to reduce as much stress as possible and focus on creating a trauma informed environment, with the hopes of instilling a sense of beloved community for those we serve.

Whats Next – Shelter Adopt-A-Room

We provide shelter and support for over 400 families each year at our domestic violence safe shelter. This level of transition inevitably creates a large amount of wear and tear within our living spaces. To ensure living areas maintain the sense of dignity, respect, and beloved community we understand to be crucial to a survivors process, we are launching an Adopt-A-Room project for our shelter.

If you or your organization are interested in adopting one of our 11 bedroom suites please contact Melanie Wilson at melaniew@ywcaspokane.org or call 509-863-2882.  Each sponsor will have the opportunity to contribute to the design process of the space to help instill beloved community for those we serve. More information to come!

By: Erica Schreiber

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