Rotary donates to building project

WARREN – Construction work is nearing completion for 12 apartments for women and their families in transition and need at the YWCA of Warren.

To help with the $2 million project, the Warren Rotary Club pledged $30,000 to the renovation and construction effort. The three-bedroom apartment units are being built on the north side of the YWCA building off North Park Avenue where the swimming pool,which was demolished, used to be.

A dedication is being planned this spring.

At their recent meeting, Warren Rotary Club President John Campolito presented $10,000 to YWCA current executive director Kenya Roberts-Howard and YWCA past executive director Shari Harrell, which is the final installment of a pledge made three years ago toward the YWCA’s building / renovation drive.

Harrell, who currently serves as president / CEO of Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, secured the $30,000 pledge from the Rotary Club of Warren in 2012. The pledge helped to fund the project, which will provide safe housing for women in transition.

Women and children would stay at the homes and receive supportive services if there are issues. Single women will also be served, with some apartment units set aside for them, in addition to the units for women with children.

Officials have said the YWCA has partnered with Beatitude House and Coleman Professional Services to operate the housing units and provide the residents with supportive services.

Testa Builders Construction of Cuyahoga Falls is in charge of the construction project, with grant funding and donations covering costs.