YWCA of Kaua’i’s shelter, sexual abuse programs receive HCF funding

The YWCA of Kaua’i is receiving grant funding from the Hawai’i Community Foundation to renovate the YWCA Family Violence Shelter, support the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Treatment Program (SATP) Crisis Hotlines and improve technology capability for the SATP program.

“The funds will be used to renovate the interior and exterior of the shelter which has not been renovated since 1990 and both staff and clients are very appreciative of the overwhelming support of the community in the level of funding received,” Nancy Peterson, YWCA Domestic Violence Program Director said.

Peterson said that “the funding will not only replace carpeting, paint the walls and repair the building, but will also enhance and expand the programs offered to women and their children during their stay at the shelter.”

The funding received for the hotlines will help “insure that a community member in crisis can pick up the phone and know that a sensitive and caring listener trained in crisis intervention will be there to help them access needed resources response services,” said Joan Luzney, YWCA Clinical Supervisor.

“The ability of direct service staff having access to the Internet will greatly improve our ability to research the latest treatment protocols and techniques being developed to treat victims of violence” said Renae Hamilton, SATP Program Director.

The YWCA on Kaua’i was started in 1921 by Elsie H. Wilcox to help provide education for young women. Today the YWCA is meeting the needs of the community by providing critical crisis services for women and their families such as the Sexual Assault Treatment Services, Alternatives to Violence and several other programs that serve women in crisis.

The YWCA of Kaua’i is a member Association of the Young Women’s Christian Association of the USA and the programs run by Kaua’i’s YWCA work to overcome such problems as sexual assault, domestic violence and homelessness.

The Hawai’i Community Foundation is a nonprofit, statewide, charitable services and grantmaking organization supported by donor contributions for the benefit of Hawaii’s people. Its mission is to help people make a difference by inspiring the spirit of giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit every island community. With more than $277 million in charitable assets, it is one of the 30 largest among 550 community foundations in the country. Each year, HCF gives nearly $10 million in grants to benefit Hawai’i’s nonprofit organizations.

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