A Crisis of a Different Sort


The children’s office in the basement of the shelter got an unexpected facelift after a pipe burst.

There’s nothing like the smell of sewage wafting from the basement to start a cold Tuesday morning at our confidential domestic violence shelter. When a pipe burst in the shelter’s back yard recently, Pathways staff members had to manage a crisis of a different kind: the possibility that there may be no running water for residents while repairs were made at the shelter.

While plumbers were able to restore the running water with limited usage for the duration of construction, one bathroom, one bedroom, and our downstairs children’s office were out of commission for six weeks while the pipe was repaired. Finally, the shelter has a plumbing system fully up to speed in addition to new carpet, linoleum floors, and a re-organized children’s office!

Posted by Hattie, AmeriCorps VISTA, Pathways