AFC's Family Transformation Center
Building on Good; Bound for Great!
The Anacortes Family Center recently completed construction of our newest facility and program - our Family Transformation Center (FTC). AFC's FTC sits directly across from our current facility. It includes nine-apartments, fully furnished and ready to house households ranging from single women, to two-parent households with up to four children. The need for transitional housing in our community is profound, and community support has been critical to this shelter coming to fruition. Your ongoing support is so important to ensure that this life-saving and changing program remains available for clients most in need. To donate please click here!
What is Transitional Housing?
Transitional housing provides intensive services and housing for individuals and families that need longer-term assistance; our transitional housing program will:
- Serve women, children and families with children
- Support them for 12-24 months
- Provide intensive services similar to our current program - including case management, counseling, assistance with strict household budgeting, life skills education. Children will receive tutoring, art and music therapy and academic and social assistance.
- Create long-term success. Residents will be required to work and we will collect 30% of their income as “rent”. The vast majority of this "rent" will be held. If a client graduates successfully, we will repay most of what they've paid as rent for a down-payment on a mortgage (income and credit permitting), or to pay for a lease with any additional funds used for an emergency fund.
Why is Transitional Housing Needed?
The Anacortes Family Center's Board of Directors created a 5-year strategic plan in 2014. In developing this plan the board reviewed several factors that made the need for transitional housing very apparent:
- AFC's shelter is always at 100% occupancy with an average of 20-families on our wait list at any given time
- Last year there were over 100 homeless children in the Anacortes School District
- The complexity of needs of our clients has increased significantly. We are seeing more women and children that have a history of multiple domestic violence relationships, more clients have multiple mental health diagnosis and children have significant emotional, social and academic issues. These issues simply cannot be sufficiently addressed in our emergency shelter's 60-90 day time frame - more time is required.
To address these significant challenges the board researched and reviewed all possible options and found that transitional housing was the best, most proven way to alleviate these issues.
How Can I Help?
Supporting AFC's life-changing work is simple! You can give online by clicking here, mail a check to 1011 27th Street Anacortes, WA 98221, or call Dustin at 293-2993 ext. 102. To support AFC's Family Transformation Center you can also:
- Create a legacy for you or someone you love by making a contribution with naming-rights. Naming gifts range from $300,000 for the naming rights to the entire building, to $20,000 for naming rights for a studio apartment. For a full list of naming opportunities, click here to see our donation pyramid!
- Purchase a block on our Wall of Inspiration: In our new facility wehave one wall dedicated to those that give gifts between $5,000-$15,000. Donors choose an inspirational quote or saying that is engraved, along with their name, and is mounted on the wall. Not only is this a way to thank our most generous supporters, but it's also a testament to our clients of the incredible support and care that exists in our community.
- Stand with the Silent! Standing with silent is our campaign to bring awareness to the silent, shadow community of homeless living among our community. Giving a gift of $250 and above will entitle you to a metal and mesh bracelet that says "Standing With The Silent"; gifts of $5 or more will entitle you to a plastic bracelet that also states "Standing with the Silent".
"The Homeless in Anacortes are a silent community living in the shadows of our town. Help us bring light to the shadows, a voice to the silent and hope to the homeless."
Donors that give $5 or more will receive this bracelet. We ask that you wear it proudly in support of this life-saving and life-changing project.
Find out how to donate by Clicking Here or call 293-2993 ext. 114.