YWCA Evanston/North Shore today announced a capital campaign to complete funding for its new domestic violence shelter and campus expansion.

The group broke ground on the project early last year and expects to complete it this summer.

YWCA branch CIO Karen Singer says the group has already raised 92% of the $18.5 million project goal but still needs to close the remaining gap.

A rendering of the new domestic violence shelter, looking southwest from Ridge Avenue south of Clark Street.

“We are grateful to the more than one hundred lead donors who have already given,” Singer says. “However, there are many more in the area who have a history with us – through programs like domestic violence services, women’s economic empowerment, Flying Fish Aquatics, or our racial justice work – who may also want to engage in this project.”

YWCA’s campus expansion and renovations will double the capacity of its domestic violence shelter and add increased space for its growing workforce development and equity programs.

More information is available online or by contacting Kathy Slaughter, chief development officer, at kslaughter@ywca-ens.org or by calling 224-420-3272.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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