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Thursday, March 28, 2013


Women's Center Volunteers Redecorate Room at Local Shelter

Following a suggestion by student volunteer Shaisha Ferguson, the ODU Women's Center recently completed a volunteer project at the YWCA Women In Crisis Domestic Violence Shelter in Norfolk, where Ferguson, a senior psychology major (with a minor in women's studies and military science), also works as an intern.

On Saturday, March 23, seven student volunteers and one staff member from the Women's Center redecorated a room at the shelter that needed some sprucing up. They repainted the room the same shade of purple as on the walls at the Women's Center, and added nightstands, lamps and an area rug. Bed linens and comforters were also replaced, and inspirational pictures hung on the walls.

Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer, public relations and marketing coordinator for the Women's Center, donated a landscape picture of the Elizabeth River that she took in Portsmouth. The volunteers also hung a wall decal with the following message: "Have hope, be strong, laugh loud & play hard, live in the moment, smile often, dream big, remember you are loved and never, never give up."

"The room is in a basement so we wanted to make it warm and inviting, but also give them a sense of encouragement and love," said Edwards-Bodmer, who joined the student volunteers in the project. "The volunteers had a wonderful time and commented at how rewarding it was to be able to give back to the community. The shelter residents, including the woman staying in the room we redecorated, raved over the room transformation. As it turns out, her favorite color is purple so she was extra thrilled."

The shelter staff put a plaque on the door that reads: "This room donated by ODU Women's Center."

Edwards-Bodmer said that she and the volunteers plan to return to touch up the room once a semester.

Also last weekend, the ODU student group Delta Sigma Lambda Adult Women's Sorority redecorated a room at the H.E.R. (Help and Emergency Response Inc.) Shelter in Portsmouth, a domestic violence shelter.

Before: YWCA Women In Crisis Domestic Violence Shelter room

After: YWCA Women In Crisis Domestic Violence Shelter room

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