TOPEKA – Northeast Kansas’ Friends of Yates opens a newly renovated section of its domestic violence shelter to victims and survivors on Oct. 30. The community support organization has long been a staple of Wyandotte County and celebrates its shelter’s 37th year this year.

Friends of Yates’ Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center shelter now has a total of 40 beds in private family rooms for victims and survivors after 20 beds were added by renovations. Additional spaces include two lounge areas, where residents can relax, watch TV, listen to music and play games, a meditation room with a computer and reading materials and a children’s room where children can run and play.

The Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center housed 34 people in the shelter’s former facilities and served 35 more people in outreach and non-residential services in a day. Outreach and non-residential services include navigating the legal system, legal referrals and help with protection orders and support groups and counseling. In a year, the center housed a total of about 260 victims and survivors of domestic violence. .

Friends of Yates’ 24 hour hotline is 913-321-0951, and the organization’s website is http://friendsofyates.org.

Friends of Yates is one of 27 Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence coalition members across the state of Kansas.