Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
Jan Peery, YWCA Oklahoma City chief executive officer, announced Monday that the $15 million capital campaign goal has been reached with the support of just more than 500 donors.
“We are so appreciative of the generosity and support of our community and those who are passionate about ending domestic violence,” Peery said.
“The YWCA Oklahoma City would like to express our deep appreciation for every dollar that helped us reach the goal and to our lead gift donors, Phyllis and Allen Pease and The Valentine Charitable Trust, which helped us kick off in January 2012,” Peery said. “The Mabee Foundation helped us close out the campaign in October 2013. Each dollar in between helped us reach our goal. We also want to thank our Capital Campaign Committee for all of their work to ensure our success, especially the campaign leaders: Rita Moore, Tricia Everest, Lela Sullivan, Charlotte Richels, Kris Frankfurt, David Hudiburg.”
Funds raised by the YWCA Oklahoma City Capital Campaign will build a new shelter for victims of domestic violence. The current shelter holds 52 beds while the new shelter will sleep 120, more than doubling the number of individuals currently receiving shelter. The current shelter will be transformed to an extended stay facility that gives victims the time they need to work toward self sufficiency.
“The new shelter will provide a sanctuary for those trying to rebuild and heal,” said Marilyn Chambers, YWCA board chairwoman.
The YWCA Oklahoma City is the only certified domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking shelter in Oklahoma County.
Serving just more than 18,000 through crisis services and programs in 2012, the YWCA has a critical need for this expansion, especially with Oklahoma now ranking third in the country for women killed by men according to the Violence Policy Center.
“Ninety-four women were killed in our state last year, and 2,413 individuals were forced to find alternate means of shelter due to lack of space in our facilities. The new shelter will aid in mending the gap in assistance,” Peery said.
A groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for the fall. More details are to come and up-to-date information can be found on the YWCA Oklahoma City website at ywcaokc.org.