Anawim Housing
Monthly E-Newsletter | December 2021


As we settle into winter, it's hard to not be reminded of those without a warm home, a safe place to shelter, or family to lean on. A simple way to help in a big way is by making a financial donation to Anawim Housing, directly supporting and providing a hand-up to individuals experiencing homelessness in our community.

100% of your donation to Anawim Housing goes to support our programs and services - providing that warm home and support network for those who have experienced homelessness and live with mental illness, a substance disorder, a physical disability, a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS or are fleeing domestic violence.
"In the beginning, Anawim was just a shelter, a place to sleep, a room with a door. But it became something so much more because Anawim gave me the space, the resources, and the time I needed to create a home. They don't just give you a second or a third chance - they give you the best chance."
- Randy, Anawim Housing program tenant.
Here are some reasons why people are choosing to GIVE to Anawim Housing:

"Anawim's dedication to helping its residents goes far beyond simply providing a place to sleep; it seeks to help residents improve so many other aspects of their lives. I support Anawim Housing due to its commitment to the whole person and not just filling a housing need." - Matt Callanan
"I've supported Anawim Housing for many years because the mission is critical to our community. Anawim's focus on the needs of the whole person and their methods are effective. I'm happy to invest in Anawim's commitment to improving the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors." - Sue Kenny
95% of people who leave homelessness and enter into Anawim Housing Programs remain stably housed.

Housing ends homelessness. Anawim's Housing First model recognizes people need stable housing before pursing a happy, healthy life. And once that critical need is met they can focus on mental health, addiction, medical care, and income. We meet each person where they are at, providing customized support and utilizing proven methods to help them overcome their barriers.

You too can help support life transformations. Please consider a donation to Anawim Housing. Your gift helps provide that door - that warm safe home - for the next person who really needs it.
PS: If you made your gift to Anawim Housing for 2021 prior to receiving this email, thank you! We sincerely appreciate your generous support.

Help us make a house a home for those moving into housing from homelessness this winter: Our Home is Everything Holiday Gift Drive is going on now through the end of the year!

We've made it easy! Shop our online Target Gift Registry to purchase high-need household items and have them delivered right to our office where they will be gifted to those moving into Anawim Housing from homelessness. Several wonderful items have already been delivered to us, but we're still in need and asking for your donations.

Some of our most requested NEW items include:
  • Pots/pans
  • Vacuums
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Coffee pots/toasters
  • Silverware
  • Giftcards to Target or Visa

Shop our Target Gift Registry by clicking Learn More!

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently sent a letter of acknowledgment and appreciation to Scott Sithonnorath, Anawim ReNew Crew Manager, regarding the work Anawim Housing's ReNew Crew has done to assist and retain Veterans in life-changing employment with Renew Crew. 

Scott and the ReNew Crew team have made a conscious effort to employ Veterans by partnering with the Des Moines VA Hospital and their Vocational Rehabilitation Team and Therapeutic Supported Employment Services.

An excerpt from the letter:
"Your organization has done the remarkable by helping Veterans overcome their barriers and restart their lives with confidence and purpose. We realize that giving someone a much needed second chance is not always easy. However, Anawim Housing and Scott Sithonnorath have assisted so many who have needed help the most."

Congratulations to Scott and the Anawim Housing ReNew Crew team for the wonderful work you do! Read the full letter by clicking READ MORE

Anawim Housing extends our sincere gratitude to our friends at Des Moines Area Association of Realtors - DMAAR, Iowa Realty, and Luana Savings Bank for choosing to support Anawim Housing this holiday season.

We greatly value our community partners and appreciate their generosity and continued support of the mission of Anawim Housing. Their support helps us provide life-changing programs and services for those moving into Anawim from homelessness.

Pictured Clockwise from Top:
  • Iowa Realty Pictured L-R: Rick Wanamaker and Marcia Wanamaker, Iowa Realty; Mary Mendenhall-Core and Russ Frazier, Anawim Housing; and Dakotah Reed, Iowa Realty.
  • DMAAR Pictured: Mary Mendenhall-Core, Anawim Housing.
  • Luana Savings Bank Pictured L-R: Jade Hodne and Nicole Hill, Luana Savings Bank; Mary Mendenhall-Core, Anawim Housing; Matt Janssen and Debra Reinard, Luana Savings Bank

The Good Co. and Empowered Bridge Mindset Coaching
Thank you to our friends at The Good Co. and Empowered Bridge Mindset Coaching for hosting holiday events to benefit and support the mission of Anawim Housing:

The Good Go. hosted the Very Merry Photo Op where families signed up to take holiday photos amongst some festive and fun backdrops, including a cute Christmas RV! Event proceeds went to support Anawim Housing.

Empowered Bridge Mindset Coaching hosted a "Girls Night Christmas Jammies Dance Party and 'fun'draiser"! Proceeds supported Anawim Housing and Dream Catchers Foundation.

We value our community partnerships and thank them for their support this holiday season! If you or your company have an interest in partnering with Anawim Housing, please contact Mary Mendenhall-Core:
Photo from the Very Merry Photo Op. View more photos from the event by clicking READ MORE
Wishing you and your family a joyful holiday season and a home filled with happiness! Because Home is Everything.

Your friends at Anawim Housing and Allterra Property Solutions

Anawim Housing develops stable homes and strengthens communities