On Friday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., YWCA Interim House will commemorate its 30th anniversary of serving women and children survivors of domestic and sexual violence at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The event’s purpose is to garner resources and continuously raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence in the metropolitan Detroit community. Attorney Odie Theodore Uddyback and Dr. Patricia Wilkerson Uddyback will serve as co-chairs.
The hallmark of service distinguishes the YWCA Interim House as one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in the state of Michigan and it is the only domestic violence and sexual assault shelter to more than 800,000 residents in the Detroit.
The need for Interim House services is even greater today than it was 30 years ago. In 2008, the Detroit Police Department received more than 67,000 family violence calls. The same year, YWCA Interim House provided direct services to more than 400 women, 1350 children and 25000 non-residential clients. It requires an enormous amount of resources to provide ongoing services.
YWCA Interim House, a special project of the YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit, first opened its doors in 1979, becoming one of the first and largest shelters in Michigan providing services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
During the past 30 years, YWCA Interim House has provided a 24-hour crisis hotline, safe refuge in a comfortable, supportive environment, food, personal needs, individual/group counseling, legal and sexual assault advocacy, childcare services, child therapy, transportation, referrals to permanent housing, medical assistance, life-skills training, parenting workshops and referrals to other community resources.
The shelter has provided residential and non-residential services to more than 100,000 women and children from metro Detroit and surrounding communities who find themselves homeless due to family violence.
For more information, call (313) 862-3580 or (313) 861-5300.