Violence Against Women and Children: How to Change a Life!
Oklahoma is ranked 3rd in the country for the number of women killed in domestic violence crimes, according to the Violence Policy Center. “We have to be less tolerant about violence in the home, be willing to speak up and take action.” Says Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. When you give a frightened mother and her children a safe place to sleep at night, you will change a life. When you give hope to a scared teenager recovering from a sexual assault, you will change a life. When you leave a legacy that empowers a woman to escape domestic violence, go to school, and find a job, you will change a life.
Now women and children trying to escape domestic violence in Oklahoma have a place to seek shelter and safety. The YWCA Thelma Gaylord Emergency Shelter is a 27,000 square-foot facility that can hold 120 women, teens and children. There is a state-of-the-art security monitoring system for the safety of those involved. There is also a clinic for on-site medical care, children’s counseling area, group therapy, and game room and playground to encourage family playtime.
Our November donation will go to the YWCA Women’s Shelter in Oklahoma City. We will make a cash donation and also gather items to donate. Unity Spiritual Life Center makes a monthly donation as part of our tithe to give back to the community (to an organization that helps improve lives.)
The 120 beds are almost all occupied and some things are really needed. Additionally the organization opens a Santa Store before Christmas. They need donations of brand new toys and other new items for this store. They will sell some to the public and send some to children in the Women’s Center. All proceeds go to the program.
Beginning Sunday, November 5th, Unity will be collecting socks, gloves, hats, scarves and other clothing (including for teen-age boys). Cash donations will also be accepted. Bring your items to the church throughout November, at which time all will be taken to the Women’s Center. Volunteers are needed to help with this project. Will you be one of those willing to give back to the women and children?
Contact Connie Baker or Barbara Duffy
24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 405-917-9922
Oklahoma State Safeline – 1-800-522-SAFE