Cooking in style

Residents of the YWCA emergency shelter are enjoying a newly remodeled kitchen thanks to grant funding.

A $15,000 Rural Community Grant from AgriBank and Farm Credit Services of North Dakota enabled the YWCA to install cabinets and new countertops and update appliances as well as make other upgrades to improve a kitchen that resident manager Linda Randolph described as in dire need of remodeling.

Randolph said the kitchen lacked adequate cabinet space and generally needed updates. With the changes, residents have individual space for food along with community cupboards for shared food supplies that have been donated to the shelter. An island provides table and work space that the kitchen previously lacked.

“The residents were really excited. It was a little stressful while it was in the process, but they are really happy to have all the cupboard room and all the counter space,” Randolph said.

Jus For You constructed the new kitchen in six weeks, completing the work last week Randolph expressed the YWCA’s gratitude to owner Justin Garberg and assistant Chad Burckhard, whom she said went above and beyond in donating labor to the project. Randolph designed the kitchen in cooperation with the contractors and also did the painting.

The emergency shelter is a 14-bed facility for women and their children. From January through August, the shelter housed 53 women and 18 children. The cumulative total of women sheltered daily showed 1,823 women/nights through August. The shelter typically has a waiting list.