Anawim Housing
Monthly E-Newsletter | July 2021
THE ANAWIM HOUSING 2020-2021 ANNUAL REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE
Our 2020 Annual Report | 2021 Progress Report is available online. See the impact Anawim Housing has had on the community over the past year through your support and critical funding.

Inside:
  • Read about new programs and yearly highlights within Anawim Housing's Permanent Supportive Housing program where 94% of our tenants remained stably housed over the past year.
  • Meet Heather and Matt who share their personal story of coming to Anawim Housing after experiencing homelessness and are now raising a family.
  • The people we serve are at the heart of all we do. Meet some of our families - like Tameeca and her kids ZyAir and Mecheal (pictured on cover)
  • View collected stats on who we serve, the number of units we manage, and impact
  • So much more!
If you would like to request a hard copy version of our annual report to be mailed to you, please contact kbergeron@anawimhousing.org.

RISING TOWARD COMMUNITY
Earlier this month, members of Anawim Housing's permanent supportive housing programs, Full Circle, and program managers hosted a small reboot of our Rising Toward Community event. Tenants and staff gathered together, many for the first time in over a year, to share in a delicious meal, provided by Platter House Food Delivery and Catering. The event was an opportunity for our tenants to celebrate their personal achievements, growth and resiliency, and to reconnect as a community.

Click to view photos from the event on our Facebook page, and give us a "like"!
Staff and residents enjoy a BBQ lunch served up by Platter House Food Delivery and Catering

WE EMPOWER FAMILIES:
UPDATES AND SAVE THE DATE!
In June, Anawim Housing hosted the WEF Reconnect virtual event that was open to the community.
As part of our event, we unveiled a new name for our Women Empowering Families (WEF) group - We Empower Families. This new name increases inclusion, removing barriers for those who would like to be a part of this group, and continues to encompass our mission of providing equitable housing for all, in support of all. We will still refer to the group as WEF, but the full name will now be We Empower Families. View a recording of the Zoom event by clicking here.


SAVE THE DATE: WE EMPOWER FAMILIES THANKSGIVING EVENT

When: Thursday, Nov. 11th
Where: Mainframe Studios
Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Join us in November for our annual We Empower Families ThanksGIVING event which will be held at Mainframe Studios in Des Moines. This event is sure to be a memorable and special evening that directly supports those moving into Anawim Housing from homelessness. Event will feature a silent local art auction, inspiring presentations, wine/beer and hors d'ouevres. Event is free to attend and open to all.

Online registration will open in September. More details to come. Stay tuned and we look forward to seeing you in November!






ANAWIM PLAYGROUNDS RECEIVE FACELIFT THANKS TO VOLUNTEERS
On Sunday, July 25th a group of volunteers from Journey Church braved the heat to help beautify and provide renovations to four Anawim Housing playgrounds. Together the volunteers helped by spreading mulch, sanding and repainting structures, mending a fence, rebuilding and filling a sandbox...and much more! We are so grateful to each volunteer for dedicating their time to helping improve these playgrounds, bringing joy to the children and families that call Anawim Housing home.

If you or your organization/business are interested in learning ways you can volunteer or partner with Anawim Housing, please click HERE to visit our Ways To Get Involved page.

View a collection of before and after photos from the volunteer day by clicking Read More!

Volunteers from Journey Church making renovations to Anawim Housing playgrounds
Anawim Housing develops stable homes and strengthens communities