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YWCA New Hampshire: Emily's Place "Adopt-A-Room" Project

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When her life is in crisis...
February 23, 2016

When her life is in crisis because she just left her abuser, a safe and comfortable home for her and her children is her first thought. Help See More


At Emily’s Place, all of our funding and resources are currently utilized in providing direct services and ensuring families have their basic needs met upon entry to Emily’s Place.  That does not leave a lot for updating the interior of the shelter and that is why we’re asking for your help!

Emily’s Place “Adopt-A-Room” makeover project will allow YWCA NH to upgrade the current condition of the shelter with new furniture and complete room makeovers.  Adopting a room ensures that every family accessing our shelter will have a “home” while they are in the beginning stages of their recovery. It means they will have the ability to feel comfortable and safe in a world that is often chaotic and feels mistrustful.

Here’s our story: Emily’s Place is a safe and confidential shelter for women and their children who are victims/survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual violence.  In conversations around domestic violence, a “shelter” offers up an abstract view or symbol of desperation and optimism, a last resort and a fresh start. What we forget is that it’s also a physical setting where survivors of abuse and their children sleep, eat, talk, work, play and heal.  What’s more, for the safety of those who live there, Emily’s Place is unidentifiable from the outside and inaccessible to people who don’t need their services.

With a confidential location and a secure building Emily’s Place provides:

  • 7,200 shelter days/nights annually.
  • Seven (7) rooms that will accommodate women and their children. Over 50% of the individuals we serve are children.
  • Capacity for 18 individuals
  • Health services and substance abuse treatment. 

Families at Emily’s Place receive access to comprehensive case management services with the goal in mind of achieving financial empowerment and recovery from the trauma they have experienced. Emily’s Place provides support groups, one-on-one counseling, and educational and recreational activities for those who come through its doors, over half of whom are children. Throughout its programming, Emily’s Place emphasizes opportunities and provides services based on empowerment.

We complete a comprehensive assessment to determine the level of services needed as well as community supports families might need. Families receive a small welcome package that includes toiletries, bedding and a gift card to purchase groceries.

YOUR DONATIONS can purchase the following items so that YWCA NH can complete Emily’s Place makeover:

$100 donation – A chair for the playroom and bedrooms / A bedside table
$175 donation -- 1 Life Safety twin mattress
$200 donation -- 1 Twin bed / a Printer for the children’s homework room
$300 donation -- 1 Trundle bed; sleeps 2 – good for children
$350 donation -- Storage closet/unit
$400 donation - Computer for the children’s homework room / washer/dryer
$500 donation -- Help toward the purchase of new floors throughout  the shelter

Your donation, regardless of the amount will be used toward the greater good.


Emily’s Place is a program of YWCA NH, a nonprofit organization located in Manchester NH that has been providing crisis services programming to survivors/victims of domestic/and or sexual violence since 1977.  In 2015 YWCA NH served 2,100 unduplicated individuals with programs and services. For more information about YWCA NH please visit our website at or find us on Facebook at



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