Women of Nations (St. Paul, MN)
June 23rd, 2021
Women of Nations provides culturally-specific emergency services and support to all who have experienced trauma from domestic violence and sexual assault. They empower Native American communities to put an end to all forms of violence through education and prevention.
Women of Nation’s Eagle’s Nest Shelter Program is an emergency domestic violence and sexual assault shelter for women, children, transgender individuals, and their pets. The shelter and congregate living facility has a 44 bed capacity—the second largest in the state of Minnesota and the largest at a single location. Shelter residents are provided with toiletries, clothing, three meals and two snacks a day, on-site community laundry services as well as staff-performed laundry services and transportation to personal appointments. Access to clean clothes is essential in order to lead a successful life in recovery from trauma.
“Women and children who come to us, come from all walks of life, but mostly come from situations where they have not had access to such a basic amenity for some time. In the past, Women of Nations has had to use funds from general operating and maintenance budgets to pay for laundry machines and any service that’s needed to keep them running.” – Brett Davis, Director of Development at Women of Nations
With 44 clients living on-site and 20 rotating staff members using laundry equipment daily, Women of Nations was finding their laundry machines to be frequently out of commission, creating additional challenges for their community members who were relying on cleaning services for their belongings, and shelter linens and towels. With the donation of eight washer and dryer units and ongoing maintenance service from CSC, Women of Nations is able to provide reliable laundry services and can focus resources on programming that serves the wellbeing of their clients.
“With these machines provided by CSC, we can now give our clients access to the best commercial machines and service without such great expense and without sacrificing other services in order to keep them running. It truly is a blessing to our clients and our staff!”