Mayor Tisdahl cuts the ribbon on the new kitchen as Ann Searles (Evanston Lighthouse Rotary), Karen Singer, Susan Hope Engel (President of the YWCA Board of Directors) and Steve Carlson (Evanston Lighthouse Rotary) watch, joined by other Rotary members.    Photo courtesy of Evanston/North Shore YWCA.

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Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl cut the ribbon last week on a brand new kitchen for Mary Lou’s Place, the YWCA Evanston North Shore’s domestic violence shelter for women and their children.

 The kitchen, which serves more than 50 meals a day, was gutted and refitted with brand new appliances, flooring, countertops and cabinetry. “The message we hope to give our residents is that Mary Lou’s Place is a place of support, a nurturing and healing environment that says we, as a community, care,” said Karen Singer, executive director of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “Thanks to the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary, who not only funded the project with a grant of $35,000 but brought hammers and crowbars and did the demolition and then and got up on ladders to paint, the kitchen is now a beautiful hearth for the women and children staying here,” she added. Also thanked were architects Behles and Behles and painters from Paint Jar for their generous support of the project.