Fundraising is underway to remove the asbestos from the Jamestown shelter

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WKBW) — For the first time in its history, UCAN City Mission in Jamestown will open its doors to women and children. However, during this major transformation, asbestos was found during the early stages of construction.

“These old buildings are known for that,” Rotunda said. “What we didn’t plan on was for him to be in a part of the drywall.”

UCAN City Mission discovered asbestos during its expansion. The Women’s Shelter will be just around the corner from the current Men’s Shelter in a renovated 4 story building. It will be the first of its kind according to Rotunda.

“The YWCA has transitional housing for women and families,” Rotunda said. “The Salvation Army has the new center which is for victims of crime and domestic violence, but there is no real emergency shelter.”

Rotunda told 7 News that the shelter will have features to meet the needs of families and bring normalcy to children all year round.

“So it will be our family establishment with our dining room next door,” Rotunda said. “The third floor will be our full activity center with an indoor playground, different learning centers, a few classrooms, and then the fourth floor will be for our single women. So we will have 45 beds up there for women singles, here we will have 40 beds for our families.”

UCAN City Mission is now awaiting funding to complete the project and Ascension Leadership Academy is here to help.

“We are committed to raising $50,000 for UCAN City Mission, specifically for the Women and Children’s Facility,” said volunteer Kacyn Cheney. “So far we’ve raised $10,000 and we have eight days left and we’re so excited.”

This organization launched the campaign just a few months ago, according to Cheney.

“To see a group of 24 strangers, who didn’t know each other four months ago, come together and be able to give back to a community that needs something like this and see that it’s not about us, it’s is about how we can serve other people in the community,” Cheney said.

You can find more information on how to get involved in the campaign here: Ascension Leadership Academy website

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