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OPEN DOORS FALL 2011

Athens Area Homeless Shelter Newsletter

Harvest for the Homeless Come support the Athens Area Homeless Shelter by joining us for a fun evening of music, food, and community! (Learn more on page 3)

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New Director and Staff! Here at AAHS we have been going through a lot of changes. We are so excited to be welcoming in Shea Post as our new executive director as well as multiple new members of the day staff!

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Your donations have a direct, positive impact on the lives of children like these two energetic 5 year olds, whose mothers are here at AAHS, working toward successful independence!

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LEARN: Know & Respond Do you know how many individuals are homeless in Athens? Look inside for the results of the point-in-time count.

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Since 1986, the Athens Area Homeless Shelter has provided shelter and supportive services to homeless families and individuals in Athens-Clarke County. During one of the coldest months of the year in 1986, the Athens community provided 10 cots to serve as a response for the critical need for emergency shelter for the homeless in the Athens community. Since that time,

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A Letter From the Director: Dear friends and family of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, I’d like to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of the shelter. My name is Shea Post, and my professional background is heavily steeped in victim services and client centered, trauma informed care. I am very excited to be in Athens and at the Shelter; every single day I continue to be impressed by the competence and dedication of our staff, as well as the welcoming reception that Athens has offered. Though I was born and raised in Atlanta, I’ve not lived in the South for over 15 years, and it’s good to be home.

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AAHS is so happy to welcome new members to our team! We have four new interns from the UGA Social Work Program, a new Volunteer 8 Coordinator (Brittany Loggins), a new JobTREC case manager (Greg Purser) and a new executive director (Shea Post). AAHS is excited to move forward with our new team!

Become a Shelter Provider: 25 Dollars for 25 years Over the course of a year, what can $25 per month do? •

Provide one month of childcare for a homeless infant.

Provide 5 months of transportation for a homeless job seeker.

Provide 3 months of diapers for a sheltered child.

To sign up to become a Shelter Provider, donating $25 or more per month, visit www.helpathenshomeless.org/give or contact Shea Post at 706.354.0423 or director@helpathenshomeless.org. Shelter Providers receive two tickets to the Harvest for the Homeless event.

Within my first two weeks, I’ve already become enamored with the residents of our shelter. It is difficult not to smile and feel happy when encountering a mischievous little kiddo, and in the early evenings at the shelter, the laughter and activity easily sweeps one up. I feel fortunate to be a part of this place. Many of you are likely aware that our annual fundraiser, Harvest for the Homeless, is rapidly approaching (November 10th!). I am so looking forward to this – what an opportunity to meet the many, many community members who support our work. We have such a fun evening planned, with wonderful local music and excellent cuisine. Activities include a silent auction and an unbeatable raffle – the grand prize is 52 gift certificates to local Athens restaurants! Roughly one third of our total budget is provided through the generosity of the community, and we depend on this for everything from diapers to milk to childcare. Your donations have a direct, positive impact on the lives of our residents, assisting them to transition into successful, independent lives. Thank you so very much, and I truly look forward to meeting you at Harvest!

Sincerely, Shea Post Executive Director, AAHS 706-354-0423 director@helpathenshomeless.org

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Learn The 2011 Athens-Clarke County pointin-time count of homeless individuals revealed that there are 407 people in Athens that reported experiencing homelessness at the time of the count. Athens-Clarke County, Georgia has the highest rate of poverty in counties with a population of more than 100,000 across the United States, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

8th Annual Harvest for the Homeless The Harvest for the Homeless Festival is a meaningful tradition here at the AAHS, when we ask the Athens community to come together in support of the families that our organization serves. This year we will be hosting Harvest in the Rialto Room at the beautiful Hotel Indigo in downtown Athens. Please come join us on Thursday, November 10th, from 7-10PM. The night will feature local live music, delicious hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, a cash bar, and a raffle with a grand prize of 52 gift certificates to Athens’ restaurants! Raffle tickets are on sale now and are a bargain at only $5 per ticket! Event tickets are $20 and both can be purchased online at www.helpathenshomeless.org. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the event. Harvest provides essential funding that keeps the shelter running throughout the year. Without the help of the Athens community, we would be unable to provide our residents with the safe and clean environment they need in order to rebuild their lives and become independent. Please join us this year!

WISH LIST: Diapers (size 5)- High Efficiency Laundry Detergent - Cleaning Supplies Towels/Wash Cloths - Hygiene Products– Copy Paper Stamps - Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Toilet Paper/Paper Towels

The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that from 2008 to 2009, the largest increase in homeless subpopulations nationwide was in the number of family households, which increased by over 3,200 households (4% increase). --AAHS works with the homeless to reduce their barriers to stable housing and self-sufficiency. Learn more about we help to end homelessness at helpathenshomeless.org/learn.

Thank You… A HUGE thank you to all of our in-kind donors: -American Pest Control -Sentry Self Storage -Handy Andy Home Repair -Southern Distinction -First Baptist Church -Jackson Spalding -Athens Technology Partners -Stanfield Air -William Hurt Without each of your contributions of time and services, AAHS would not be able to serve our families. On behalf of everyone here at the shelter, thank you so much for your generosity!

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Upcoming Events: Connect with fellow supporters Campaign for Charities Breakfast – October 13th at 8am – At Magnolias Bar. Harvest for the Homeless- November 10th in the Rialto Room at the Hotel Indigo. Holiday Benevolence Market December 4th at 12 at the First Presbyterian Church.

Make sure to make note of our upcoming events! Any questions? Feel free to call 706-354-0423 or email volunteer@helpathenshomeless.org to get more information.

Follow AAHS Online! Facebook.com/HelpAthensHomeless

Twitter.com/HelpAthHomeless

The Athens Area Homeless Shelter, Inc. (AAHS) is a 501c3 non-profit organization serving homeless individuals and families in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. Our mission is to provide collaborative, comprehensive services to homeless individuals and families, fostering public awareness of homelessness in the community.

Athens Area Homeless Shelter 620 Barber Street Athens, GA 30601

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #530 ATHENS, GA 30601


Newsletter Fall 2011