Quilt Guild offers color, warmth for Walla Walla shelter

Guild members are in the midst of piecing together 18 quilts for a local shelter.


WALLA WALLA - One of the current community projects of the Walla Walla Quilt Guild is to provide warm and colorful quilts to women in need at the Helpline Women's Emergency Shelter. Soon all 18 beds in the shelter will be covered with handmade quilts.

"This would be a way to make the shelter more cheerful," said Meredith Mitchell, guild publicity chairwoman, "We wanted to share the overwhelming warmth of our quilts with Helpline. It usually takes about two months to complete a quilt. We might get sore fingers, but we will make all 18 quilts."

Earlier this month at the monthly meeting of the guild, Dan Willms, executive director of Helpline, accepted the first six quilts.

"It's important that the women are warmed and well fed, and you're doing a lot about it. These quilts are a great blessing. They'll add so much beauty and color to the shelter," Willms said.

The shelter opened June 1. It was founded with help from Soroptimist International, a worldwide group working to advance and support the status of women. Volunteers from Whitman College helped in putting the beds together, and Walla Walla University donated the mattresses.

Located at 16 S. Colville St. and open seven days a week, Helpline provides shelter to homeless women in need of food, rental assistance, non-narcotic prescriptions, transportation, laundry and shower services, information and referral. The shelter aims to help women transition to permanent housing and sustain independent living.

Dena Popova can be reached at denapopova@wwub.com.


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