YWCA starts capital campaign for new women’s center

LIHU‘E — YWCA of Kaua‘i is expanding to support the growing needs of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau residents by undertaking a $1 million capital campaign for a comprehensive Women’s Center that will house many much-needed services.

“Our new center will be for Every Woman,” Board President Angela Anderson said. “It will be a much-needed resource for the entire community. Not only will it allow us to better serve victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and expand our youth initiatives and economic empowerment programs, we will be growing our reach and creating new career opportunities. This is a very exciting time for the YWCA of Kaua‘i.”

The campaign, titled “Empowering the Future Capital Campaign for YWCA of Kaua‘i’s New Women’s Center,” will help to secure and pay for the renovations of the building located at 4410 Hardy St. in Lihu‘e, formerly the Kaua‘i Community Federal Credit Union’s office space.

Escrow closed on May 23, and the renovations are in the initial stages, with a completion date projected for the fall or winter.

Once the renovations are completed, the new building will house the following YWCA programs and services: Sex Assault Treatment, Youth Services, Domestic Violence Services, Counseling Services and Economic Empowerment programs.

“These additional services will help fill some large pukas in the community,” YWCA Executive Director Renae Hamilton said. “By increasing the treatment and prevention programs, the YWCA will be able to be a better community partner as we work together to make our island home free from violence for residents and visitors alike. I’m grateful for the tremendous ongoing support of the community, and this expansion will help ensure the agency being able to serve the public for generations to come.”

The YWCA of Kaua‘i has crafted a local vision specific to the needs of Kaua‘i that involves a strong commitment to eliminating violence in all of its forms, especially in the areas of domestic and sexual violence; providing treatment to those who have been traumatized by violence; and providing the skills training and opportunities for change necessary so that individuals who have been violent can live productive and caring lives.

In all of the YWCA’s services to victims and perpetrators of violence, its primary emphasis is to be victim-centered and to foster empowerment.

For more information about the YWCA of Kaua‘i, or the Capital Campaign, call Kymm Solchaga, director of fund development, or Renae Hamilton at 245-5959.

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