7-Eleven will contribute $1 million to the YWCA Oklahoma City capital campaign to build a new shelter for battered women and children, remodel the existing shelter and remodel the YWCA Oklahoma City McFarland Branch, according to a news release.
“Our current shelter stays full 99.9 percent of the time,” said Janet L. Peery, CEO of the YWCA Oklahoma City. “This capital campaign is critical for us to give these victims a safe haven and help them build a life free of violence.”
The funds raised from the three-year campaign will build an 85-bed shelter, nearly doubling the size of the current shelter. The 30-day emergency shelter will provide for immediate needs and lifesaving shelter for women and children who have experienced violence and abuse. The existing shelter will be transformed into a six-month extended stay shelter with innovative programs to create longer-term safety and self-sufficiency.
Oklahoma ranks 11th in the nation for women killed by men. Since 2000, there have been more than 1,000 domestic violence homicides in Oklahoma, but 95 percent of those homicide victims never accessed services, according to the YWCA.
Jim Brown, the 7-Eleven Stores (Oklahoma) CEO, said supporting the YWCA's capital campaign is consistent with the company's mission to support the community that supports its stores.
“7-Eleven is an integral part of the very community of women and children served by the YWCA, and it's a privilege to be part of the blessings that the YWCA provides to these folks every day,” Brown said.
This capital campaign is critical for us to give these victims a safe haven and help them build a life free of violence.”