YVCF's 2014 grant award was expended entirely on operational expenses for its 24-hour emergency shelter facility, where women and children escaping an abuser receive food, clothing, bedding and emergency local transportation. Clients stay an average of three to six weeks while undergoing counseling, developing a safety plan, obtaining a protection order through the courts, and seeking permanent housing.
There were no delays in expenditures for the 2014 grant cycle; monies were expended exactly as outlined in the grant proposal, allowing YWCA Yakima to continue providing emergency shelter to domestic violence survivors from all across the Yakima Valley. In 2014, YWCA Yakima housed 175 women and 179 children for a total of 9,374 bed nights, while the number of total clients served increases each year.
The grant contribution allowed YWCA Yakima to sustain much needed Crisis Programming that included Advocacy-based Counseling along with the Emergency Shelter, a critical component for stability and long-term success.
You can learn more about YWCA on their website.