YWCA Oklahoma City breaks ground on future Thelma Gaylord Emergency Shelter

The YWCA Oklahoma City celebrated the groundbreaking event for the future Thelma Gaylord Emergency Shelter.
BY KEVAN GOFF-PARKER Published: December 19, 2013

After the Rev. Canon Susan Joplin from St. Paul's Cathedral gave a heartfelt invocation, YWCA Oklahoma City CEO Janet L. Peery donned a white hard hat, thanked Cornett for ordering such beautiful weather and thanked the many donors who raised $15 million in less than two years, including YWCA Capital Campaign Chairs Kris Frankfurt, David Hudiburg, Rita Moore, Charlotte Richels, Lela Sullivan and Tricia Everest.

“They are amazing and they made this campaign happen,” Peery said. “Because of their efforts, we will be able to serve many more women and children.”

Peery thanked the Gaylord family and announced the official name of the emergency shelter — the “Thelma Gaylord Emergency Shelter” — to applause.

Designed by Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, the state-of-the-art secure housing facility will have between 100 to 150 beds, create a warm and inviting atmosphere and will be 27,000 square feet.

After the women staying in the current YWCA shelter are moved into the new emergency shelter in about a year, phase II of the project will repurpose the building into transitional housing for women and children who need more time to stay in a safe and secure environment.

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