New women's shelters opens its doors in Craig

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Women in desperate need of a place to stay when they’re out of a home will have another option in Moffat County thanks to Yvette Davis and her husband, who worked together to open LOVE Mi. (Loyal Outreach Voluntary Evangelistic Ministry) women’s shelter.

Yvette Davis has been on her own without a home before and knows how meaningful it can be to have a place to stay while you get back on your feet. Originally from the Bahamas, Davis realized it was her dream to open a women’s shelter when, about 15 years ago, a LOVE Mi. shelter took her in. When she moved to Craig in 2012 to settle down, she didn’t give up on that dream.

“For 15 years, I had this vision, and to see it manifest and everything like that is exciting,” Davis said. “It’s about if I could just touch one life at a time and empower that person they can go back into their community and make a change.”

The shelter, which opened Wednesday, is housing one client already, but it can hold as many as nine people comfortably, Davis said. It will be open to women and their children up to age 12 for at least one month at a time. The shelter will offer three meals per day, life-skill classes and access to a case manager, she said.

This will be a new much-needed service for the area, said Bruce Cummings, men’s advocate for Advocates Crisis Support Services. Advocates focuses its attention on aiding and housing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, so their shelter only is available to those people.

“It’s going to be a good thing for the community, and will probably be good in the long run because it will give us more options,” Cummings said. “We are excited. There’s a big need for that in town, so that will be a plus.”

The LOVE Mi. shelter will not be private, like Advocates’ housing, but it will be open to more women in different situations.

Davis has worked on opening a shelter since she moved to Craig. She worked quickly, raising money, purchasing the shelter in November and opening the store, LOVE Ministry Thrift and Consignment Shop in January. The store will fund the house and provide office space to Davis where she can interview women who need space in the shelter. She and her husband set up a board of five members and a volunteer case manager. That board will be working on setting up the organization as a nonprofit and seeking grants and donations to fund the house.

Pat Jones, executive director of Love INC (Love in the name of Christ), expressed excitement at having another resource in town for people in need of help.

“I think it’s going to be a great new resource for our homeless people. Love INC has our own housing program, but we only have the two apartments,” she said. “With everybody working together (we can) maybe (start) mitigating homelessness in Craig.”

Davis was proud to open the shelter’s doors to the community. They will host an open house at 3 p.m. Sunday at the shelter at 820 Russell St.

“When I got the keys to the shelter house, tears came to my eyes. I couldn’t believe it was happening,” she said. “I didn’t know that God was going to bring me these parts to do it.”

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.

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