With the help of some amazing people and partners in our community, the YWCA of Central Virginia presents its inaugural Design House to support the mission and programs of the YWCA.


About the YWCA


For over a hundred years, the YWCA of Central Virginia has been serving the needs of our community. Today we serve seven counties and two cities in Central Virginia in a number of the Sexual Assault Response Program, the Racial Justice Program, the Ygyrls Leadership Program, and the Women's Residential Program located in the YWCA's historic downtown Lynchburg building.


Our Mission: The YWCA of Central Virginia is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


What is the "Design House"?


A generous Lynchburg homeowner has graciously provided a residence to be transformed by the talents and creativity of local designers and vendors. To each room they will bring their skills, the latest design styles and techniques, paint, fabric, furniture and accessories for a total makeover. Then the home will be open to the public over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. This wondrous and unique tour gives visitors a chance to see first-hand the spectacular work and vision of the area’s top designers, highlighting their design skills, choices of colors, furniture, rugs, artwork and accessories. The home will also be available for community members, groups and companies to use for events of their own. In addition to almost everything in the home being “for sale”, there will also be a boutique on site with fabulous “objects de arte”, giving attendees the opportunity to shop for the latest and greatest in home design and accessories.


In so many ways, the YWCA is about transforming lives and providing a safe haven to rebuild those lives. Transforming a home in this way through the Design House event is the perfect metaphor for what we do day in and day out. We are excited to share this exciting opportunity with the community. And we are grateful to the sponsors, designers, vendors, contractors, landscapers and volunteers who share our passion for the mission of the YWCA and are willing to showcase that in such a tangible way.


How does Design House come together?


It takes a whole community! Beginning months in advance, a dedicated group of volunteers plans and executes the myriad tasks necessary to bring the Design House together. A marketing plan is developed, including print, radio, social media and website development, not to mention photography, signage, a printed program, and a vendor catalog. Designers are identified and selected. A host of event volunteers are recruited, trained and organized. Tickets and sales sites are developed, along with a group sales plan. The physical aspects of the house project need to be managed, including the house preparation, the design installations, along with the day-to-day management during the event. The designers and their teams will begin the actual preparation of the house in early October and complete the installations by early November. It all comes together, and the Design House will open for public viewing shortly before Thanksgiving extending through Sunday, December 13th. By December 19th, the house is restored and returned to the owner!


Why Support Design House?


All the proceeds from this amazing event will directly support the YWCA programs and community. In 2014 alone, the Domestic Violence Prevention Center served over 15,000 people through two shelters (one in Lynchburg and one in Altavista), the hotline, court advocacy, support groups for women and children, emergency transportation, community education and the Children’s Visitation Center.


During that year, the Sexual Assault Response Program served 985 people ranging in age from 3 months to 85 years old. These services included responding to Emergency Room calls, assisting victims through the court process, supporting the victims and their families through the healing process, as well as handling over 1,000 hotline calls, almost 10,000 follow-up contacts, and 103 training and community presentations which reached over 4,000 individuals.


The Ygyrls worked with 300 young women in leadership training, educational support, mentorship and community volunteer activities. The Racial Justice Program worked in collaboration with other groups to create a community without racism and based on justice, including the Race, Poverty and Social Justice Conference at Randolph College. And for a century the YWCA has provided safe, affordable housing for women at the historic downtown building.


All Donations, whether financial or in-kind, will receive a Donation Acknowledgment Letter, and are tax deductible.



For more information regarding this event, please see our Contact page or contact:


Beth Doucette at 434.942.6012 or


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