Delaware community pitches in to help women’s homeless shelter keep heat on for the winter

The Women's City Club in Delaware.

DELAWARE, Ohio (WCMH)–Homeless Delaware County women will fortunately be able to continue receiving the help they need thanks to the local community pitching in.

The Women’s City Club of Delaware has been taking in homeless single women who don’t have children for about 60 years.

The idea is to provide them with a temporary place to stay until they can financially make it on their own.

Laurie Lendon, a past president of the Women’s City Club, says the women come from all sorts of difficult situations. She explained one woman who needed a place to stay had been living in her car near her place of employment.

“When she came here she said it was almost hard for her to lay down flat because she hadn’t been laying down flat since last August,” said Lendon.

Gifty Zigah has lived at the boarding home for more than a year and said she doesn’t know what she would do without this place.

“It feels like home. It’s a very wonderful place to live,” said Zigah.

But while the 10 women who live here say it’s wonderful, the house is more than 125 years old.

A while back, the heating system failed.

The Women’s City Club faced the possibility of shutting down.

But members of the club say the community rallied behind the home.

A local church donated $20,000 toward the $ 85,000 needed for a whole new heating system.

Deb Patterson, Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church in Delaware, said her church didn’t hesitate to contribute.

“It was actually a no-brainer,” she said. “I mean, I think…I think for us, you know, heating and electricity and water those kinds of needs are so important. And if these women don’t have a place to live, then they’re on the streets.”

To find out more about the Women’s City Club, visit their website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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