SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – After several changes in management and a lengthy fight for funding, the board of directors for the YWCA of Northwest Louisiana spent hours behind closed doors Monday night discussing its future.
The group spent more than three-hours inside the YWCA, only to come out and tell the media that it would be best for the organization to close its doors.
"It is with heavy hearts that the Board of Directors have voted to precede with the dissolution. We have no further comments at this time," said Melodie Gilliam.
Board members stormed out of the building and avoided getting into any further details. The YWCA will start the process of closing its doors. It was a monumental decision for the organization. Since the meeting was closed, the media was unable to hear specific details about the dissolution.
The YWCA has been a permanent fixture in Shreveport for the past 86 years. It has evolved into a domestic violence shelter for women and children, as well as a home for many women in need. One of those women was outside when the board announced its decision and she was visibly upset.
The YWCA isn't the only place you can go for help in Shreveport. Women and children are also welcome at the Providence House for support, counseling and even a place to stay.