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Many of the women that come to the YWCA are looking for a way to get on their feet again.

"A lot of the women are trying to start over again so these supplies are a big help for them," said Rafalik. "They are on very limited incomes, some of the women are on disability or on minimum wage jobs."

Most people in the housing program stay on for about six months to a year, but there are some people that stay much longer if needed. The domestic abuse shelter allows women to stay for up to 90 days, which is a separate program from the housing.

Another strong aspect of the YWCA is raising community awareness about what services are offered and what is happening in the surround area. Rafalik said there are many reasons that person can become homeless that take on many different pictures and scenarios.

"We never know who's hand that information is going to land in it is important to get the information out to the public that we are here and these are the services we offer," said Rafalik. "This is a wonderful fundraiser so we are very grateful and very appreciative.""

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