Expanding YWCA’s capacity to shelter victims by 300 percent
All of the individuals who come to YWCA for shelter and services are victims of violent crime, with most living in poverty and facing homelessness. The number of victims relying on YWCA’s services has increased year after year, and then COVID created even more demand. With YWCA’s existing shelter always at capacity, we need more beds.
To forge a sustainable solution, YWCA is building a new $4 million, 25-unit shelter on our campus. This will increase capacity to protect and serve victims by 300% assuring that YWCA can make life-saving and life-changing support available to a significantly larger number of women and children over many decades.
This project will reduce crime rates by breaking the cycle of reoccurring serious domestic violence incidents, each one of which results in a call to 911 and a need for law enforcement to intervene. It will also decrease hospitalizations, homicides, and pressure on the courts and help to address the City’s growing problem with increasing homelessness by placing victims in a stable environment where services and funding are available to assist them in becoming and staying housed.
Poverty and Domestic Violence are the leading causes of homelessness. People we serve are usually victims of both. You can provide lifechanging help by giving to the Gateway Horizons Shelter Project.
Your gift to the Gateway Horizons Project assures women and children’s safety for decades to come!
Children like Sasha and their moms will find safe shelter and services to help them forge a better path to escaping violence and poverty.
Women like Michelle who call or text YWCA’s 24-hour phone and text message help lines will receive crisis intervention support and referrals to services
Rita is surviving the unimaginable with YWCA’s help and guidance
Rita came to YWCA’s shelter after being sexually assaulted. Before our attorney could file an Order of Protection, Rita had to leave because her ex-husband abused their young child so badly that she had to be flown to an out-of-state trauma center. The girl did not survive, but Rita did get to say goodbye. YWCA is guiding Rita through the criminal hearings for her ex and working with Child Protective Services to return her other child back to her custody and move them into their new home at YWCA’s Gateway Vista apartments.
Beth’s escape from her abusive husband literally changed her life
Beth needed to get away from her very controlling and abusive husband but they shared a phone and she does not drive so it was difficult to her reach out for help. The local medical clinic where she had regular appointments connected her with YWCA. Our housing navigator and attorney met her and snuck her out the clinic’s back door and took her to our shelter. YWCA helped her get public benefits, move into housing, and complete the paperwork for her divorce. She is at peace knowing she is safe.
Partner and family member violence continued to increase this year
39.9% increase in assaults with five times more murders in the past year
25.8% increase in assaults that included strangulation
56.9% increase of assault with aggravated serious injury
34% increase in assault as misdemeanor and felony levels causing serious bodily injury
41% increase in Sexual Assaults
Gateway Horizons Project Team