YWCA nearing capacity, donations needed

YWCA nearing capacity, donations needed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Young Women’s Christian Association, or YWCA, could be nearing capacity as the holiday season approaches.

The shelter, which assists victims of domestic violence, expanded in October from 32-34 beds to 78.

YWCA Executive Director Marquiepta Odom said the roughly 30 beds they had before would be full during the holiday months.

Now, even though the shelter doubled in size, Odom said it could still be full by the holidays.

"Right now we are at a total of 61 beds,' Odom said. "We have a total 45 children and the rest actually adults."

But if they do reach their capacity, she said they will still find a way to help.

“I’ll reach out to our community partners like Family Safety Center,” said Odom. “We can also offer our clients to relocate to Nashville to a YWCA -- or to some of our community partners in Jackson.”

Odom said the influx of people they are helping has led to a need for a lot of items.

She said often times people will come to the shelters with nothing but the clothes on their back.

“We have a couple of clients who are in need of 3X or 4X coats for women who are in need of plus size clothing -- underwear, t-shirts in all various sizes,” said Odom.

They are collecting monetary donations, winter clothes and household items.

Donations can be brought to the YWCA’s administrative offices off South Highland, their hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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