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Yakima's YWCA Opens Women's Shelter

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YAKIMA--The YWCA's new shelter for battered women and their children opens.

The old women's shelter could house 28 people, but only had one bathroom.  This shelter has room for 44 people, and each room has its own private bathroom.

The women and their children will be moving into the shelter on the corner of Yakima and 9th Ave. this weekend.  The rooms are decorated to make them feel at home, as opposed to the bland rooms at the old shelter.

The shelter's opening nine months ahead of schedule, and the timing is fitting.

"It's great to know that these doors are open and the families are safe for Christmas," Elizabeth Farley, YWCA Executive Director, said.  "It really brings back the true meaning of what this holiday is all about."

The shelter's welcoming 15 new mothers and children, just in time for Christmas.

Many services these women need are in this facility,  being close to downtown puts them near other important businesses.

The facility cost almost $2 million, paid for with donations from the Yakima community, and the second part of the project will add a playground along with more rooms.