AWAIC to Lose Donation CenterFrom January to July in 2009 our 52 bed emergency shelter saw record high numbers. Some nights there were many more women and children than we had beds. To help meet the needs of these families AWAIC turned to the community with requests for clothing and household items.
In July and August, the Anchorage community responded with incredible support. Donations of all kinds poured through the doors of AWAIC. There was more than we could imagine or handle in our limited space. The idea for an alternate location to store and distribute donations was born.
Diana Burch, AWAIC Board member, worked with Hickle investments to secure the free use of space at 619 E. 5th Avenue. AWAIC board members organized a team of volunteers to administer and staff the program.
The Doors opened in September. Over 800 donors gave to AWAIC. Due to that generosity AWAIC was able to extend support to Catholic Social Services, Salvation Army, The Anchorage School District, Southcentral Foundation, Cook Inlet Tribal Council participants, and The Red Cross.
With the program up and running and meeting community needs, AWAIC has been informed the current location is going to be demolished and we must vacate by May 1st, 2010.
We are no long accepting donations from the community and will be closing our doors to women & children in need.
AWAIC is again seeking the community's help to find a new site to ensure that the Donation Center can continue to successfully support victims of domestic violence and those in need. Please contact Suzi Pearson at 743-5726 if you are able to help.
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Posted: April 20, 2010
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