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Ideally, each family would have their own kitchen and dining area. Kitchens within individual units/apartments allow residents to determine what they (and their children) eat and when, something their abuser may have disrupted. Individual kitchens also ease religious observances regarding food and cooking utensils and thus increase the cultural accessibility of the shelter.

Ideally, each family would have their own kitchen and dining area. Kitchens within individual units/apartments allow residents to determine what they (and their children) eat and when, something their abuser may have disrupted. Individual kitchens also ease religious observances regarding food and cooking utensils and thus increase the cultural accessibility of the shelter.

Access to Shared Food and ResourcesAccess to the shared food and resources reduces feelings of scarcity. Communal kitchens need plenty of storage for shared food and resources. Unlocked storage allows advocates to focus on advocacy, rather than monitoring access. If communal food storage cannot be accommodated in the kitchen, locate it as close as possible to the kitchen.

Access to Shared Food and ResourcesAccess to the shared food and resources reduces feelings of scarcity. Communal kitchens need plenty of storage for shared food and resources. Unlocked storage allows advocates to focus on advocacy, rather than monitoring access. If communal food storage cannot be accommodated in the kitchen, locate it as close as possible to the kitchen.

Consider configuring spaces so no more than two or at most three families must share a kitchen.

Consider configuring spaces so no more than two or at most three families must share a kitchen.

Easy-to-Clean- Finishes.  Durable easy to clean, finishes can be warm and inviting without feeling institutional. Finishes typically used in single family homes are not durable enough for the heavy use domestic violence shelters experience.

Easy-to-Clean- Finishes. Durable easy to clean, finishes can be warm and inviting without feeling institutional. Finishes typically used in single family homes are not durable enough for the heavy use domestic violence shelters experience.

Top photo: Individual locked refrig. Residents wanted more control over their food. Locked refrigerator to keep food they had purchased separate. Communal food is kept in a large refrigerator and freezer. Bottom Photo:  the need for a safe play area for children. The team decided to locate the play area on the roof. The rooftop play area provides a secure place for children and adult residents to get fresh air and sunshine while maintaining privacy.

Top photo: Individual locked refrig. Residents wanted more control over their food. Locked refrigerator to keep food they had purchased separate. Communal food is kept in a large refrigerator and freezer. Bottom Photo: the need for a safe play area for children. The team decided to locate the play area on the roof. The rooftop play area provides a secure place for children and adult residents to get fresh air and sunshine while maintaining privacy.

Cabrio IN is a space saving wall bed designed in Italy by Clei, shelf above comes down and becomes a desk

Cabrio IN is a space saving wall bed designed in Italy by Clei, shelf above comes down and becomes a desk

YWCA Pierce County  many individuals and organizations stepped forward with donations to make the shelter beautiful, functional and child friendly. Local interior designers “adopted” each apartment, providing furniture and decorations, saving the program thousands of dollars and resulting in each apartment being unique. A

YWCA Pierce County many individuals and organizations stepped forward with donations to make the shelter beautiful, functional and child friendly. Local interior designers “adopted” each apartment, providing furniture and decorations, saving the program thousands of dollars and resulting in each apartment being unique. A

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