High demand for the YWCA Oklahoma City's shelter, coupled with a lack of space, has meant hundreds of women and children have been turned away from the 50-bed facility in recent years.
A new facility that nearly doubles the capacity for emergency shelter could change that, but YWCA officials must raise $15 million to make it happen, said Jan Peery, the organization's CEO.
Launched in January, the capital campaign is making good progress toward its goal. Mostly through corporate donations, the YWCA is more than half way there, Peery said.
Devon and 7-Eleven each have donated $1 million, she said.
The funds will be used to build, staff and maintain a new facility.
At the organization's existing shelter, the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County, “We stay full 99.9 percent of the time,” Peery said.
The new 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 programs to create longer-term safety and self-sufficiency.