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For immediate release:

12:00 pm – Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic the YWCA of Pueblo, a local domestic violence shelter, faces new challenges to accommodate residents.

San Isabel Electric and Basin Electric Power Cooperative recently made a $2,000 general fund donation. The electric cooperatives are among many sponsors that have supported the organization through this difficult time.  The new social distancing standards have had the biggest impact on the shelter.  Typically, 32 beds are available for families. To ensure proper distancing rules are followed, available beds have been cut down to 18. To continue helping as many families as possible the shelter has come up with an alternative means to provide additional shelter.

It was essential that the shelter could continue providing extra beds as there has recently been an increase in demand for shelter services.

In addition to providing alternative housing, the shelter also now needs to provide Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and gloves. These unexpected purchases are in addition to the already extensive list of supplies and services the shelter provides. These include food, clothing, transportation, counseling, referrals, and case management, which are all essential to assure that families can overcome past trauma to become self-sufficient and be prepared to successfully re-enter the community.

The shelter has also taken preventive measures by providing youth and adult domestic violence prevention and education classes.

Helping guide families to a lifetime of success is not an easy or free task. The YWCA of Pueblo relies on community support to continue providing these services to so many families.

“As a nonprofit, we cannot provide the services we offer in our community without the help and assistance of partners and donors. The services we provide to victims of domestic violence and their children are necessary to support families to overcome and regain their self-esteem and dignity” said Brenda Broyles, YWCA Development Director.

The shelter has a wide range of donation opportunities. Visit https://www.ywcapueblo.com/category/who-we-are/ and click on “you can help” to learn how you can lend a helping hand to families in your community.

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