Fresh Starts Campaign

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County strives to break the cycle of abuse by providing a safe, healing environment and life-changing support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Fresh Starts Campaign creates a new safe house as an important step toward providing fresh starts for families affected by abuse. The new shelter will provide these families with easier access to a broad continuum of high-quality services and supports that are housed on or near our campus.

The Project

The YWCA acquired a 6.5-acre parcel in Anne Arundel County that will allow us to establish a campus setting with a 30% increase in capacity. Once complete the YWCA will feature:

  • A 7,000 square foot domestic violence Safe House Shelter that will serve up to 32 women and children in private rooms at any given time
  • The renovation of an existing structure on the property to become a new Training and Education Center that will offer partnership programs with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Anne Arundel Community College for GED attainment, workforce development and secondary education
  • A Second Home intended to house 8 to 10 victims of sex trafficking at any given time
  • Three transitional apartments for families who are regaining independence 
  • Establishment of Expanded Transitional housing options

Services and supports will include onsite education, financial literacy, job skills training, support groups, medication management, and counseling. 

The campus is also closer to grocery stores, bus lines, educational opportunities and other resources that will help our clients on their path to regain their independence. 

The Timeline

2014 Launch of Capital Campaign

2015-2017 Phase 1: Construction of Safe House Shelter

2018-2019 Phase 2: Construction of Second Residence and Renovation of Training Facility 

2019-2020 Phase 3: Establishment of Transitional Housing

A Promising Future

The successful completion of the Fresh Starts Campaign and construction of the new campus will provide hope, healing and path forward for hundreds of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault each year. Together we have the power to better protect women and children who are trapped in a life of violence, inspire them to envision a brighter future and empower them with the necessary support to rebuild their lives.

For more information please contact our campaign manager, Nicole Donegan, or call 410-626-7800. 

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