Anawim Housing
Monthly E-Newsletter | April 2022

CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS | Changing one's own frame of reference

Article by Cynthia Latcham, Executive Director

Building trusting relationships with our tenants in Permanent Supportive Housing is central to the service delivery model program managers' work within at Anawim Housing. When you serve people well, and Anawim Housing program managers do, you hear their stories. I am privileged to hear about some of these stories of resilience and transformation. Oftentimes the stories don't line up with traditional metrics of success. Frequently these stories challenge my own frame of reference in how I view people who have experienced homelessness. 
Anaïs Nin said, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

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Congratulations to Anawim Housing's Kristyn Arnold, Managing Director, and Matt Callahan, member of the Anawim Housing Board of Directors, who were both named to the Business Record's Forty under 40 list for 2022! Business Record shared profiles of each honoree. Read a segment from Kristyn's profile below:
Why Kristyn is a Forty: At work, Kristyn oversees the property management department of the nonprofit Anawim Housing and participates in growth strategies and partnerships. Kristyn designed the first-ever districtwide fundraiser for the Des Moines school district, met with district staff, then organized and planned OneRun for DMPS.
What is it that drives you? I grew up in a home with a rotation of over 50 foster siblings over 14 years. From a young age, I saw firsthand the effects of abuse, malnutrition, neglect and instability as well as the separation anxiety of longing to go home even though it wasn’t safe. This implored me to work within systems providing the tools and education to keep families together, preventing trauma when possible.
What's one piece of advice that you would give to a young professional? When an unexpected opportunity pops up, accept it as a path for growth and go for it. As long as you keep getting green lights along the way, keep going. If your trajectory comes to a red light, reflect, respond and be grateful for the experience.

Read Kristyn's complete interview and learn more about the 40 Under Forty honoree's by clicking READ MORE.

Fun fact: Kristyn used to be a middle school language arts teacher and was the staff sponsor of the step team.

Anawim Housing was honored to receive a check from Many Hands Thrift Market Clive. Your generous donation will help us continue our mission to put Housing First, by providing the services and programs to help individuals experiencing homelessness, move to stable housing.

Pictured L to R: Cynthia Latcham, Anawim Housing, and Emily Barske, Many Hands Thrift Market.

A CLOSER LOOK: Meet Bridgette Beaman, Property Manager with Allterra Property Solutions
We sat down with Bridgette Beaman to learn more about how she helps those we serve through housing, as well as our team, as Property Manager with Allterra Property Solutions:
What's your position and how long have you been with Anawim Housing? I provide property management for Market Rate and Drake Real Estate properties with Allterra Property Solutions. I have been with Allterra for 7 months.
What gets you out of bed in the morning and ready for work? Helping people find the perfect place they can call home.
Tell us some of the things you do daily in your work? Things I do on the daily consist of building relationships with my tenants, working with my maintenance techs to ensure all tenants work orders are addressed in a timely matter, and showing units to prospects who are in need of housing.

What is the most exciting part of the job? The most exciting thing about my job is that I can help those in need to find the house that will be the perfect fit for them and their family. I have helped a lot of people including survivors of domestic violence and those that have been homeless.

Read more about our team and the work we do on our "Stories From the Field" blog page - Click READ MORE.

Allterra Property Solutions has an immediate opening for Maintenance Technicians to join our growing team!

Applicants with prior maintenance experience or ONE or more of the following skills are encouraged to apply! We will train on the job! Skills include: painting, appliance repair, plumbing, and electrical. Learn more and apply today on our website!
Interested in helping us to end homelessness?

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