Clare House Play Area Shed





History Logs

Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Anchorage

Total Budget: $3,300

Area of Focus: Maternal and child health

Activity Type: Community Development: General

Summary: Shed provided to Clare House for bikes, outdoor toys and garden equipment

Clare House is a program of Catholic Social Services that provides emergency shelter services. This includes safe, warm shelter, food, water and other necessities for both moms and their children. While families are transitioning out of survival mode, Clare House offers 24-hour support and case management to help guide families to permanent stability. These services are integral to helping women shift from homelessness to permanent stability.

In fall 2021, a group of Anchorage International Rotary Club (AIRC) members and employees at the Wilson Albers Company based in Anchorage, came together to clean up the Clare House outdoor garden and fenced play area. Clare House has requested that volunteers come in once a week during the summer and help them maintain that same area. AIRC and Wilson Albers Company are teaming up again this summer to do just that.

In addition, Clare House staff have indicated that an outdoor shed would be a valuable asset to their campus. It would house bikes and outdoor play toys for the residents, as well as being a secure location to store gardening tools for the community volunteers. Currently, Clare House staff must bring bikes and toys or equipment up from the basement. This is time consuming and somewhat dangerous for staff. A shed would remove the risks and make access for residents and volunteers much easier.

AIRC plans to obtain a wood shed built by the students of King Tech High School in Anchorage. The shed would be transported by a professional towing service from King Tech HS to Clare House in Spenard. AIRC members will be onsite during delivery to help set the shed and move equipment from the basement into the shed. AIRC members and Wilson Albers Company volunteers will then be using the equipment in the shed to help Clare House maintain the garden and play area during the summer season.

If this grant is approved, AIRC will acquire a shed as soon as possible. We hope to have it transported to Clare House by late summer 2022.

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Anchorage International

Primary Contact: Shari Showalter

Email: sharishowalter@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Completed". This means the project has been implemented and the report was accepted by the district leadership. The project will stay listed on this website as a testimony of the achievements of the project partners.

Project listed for the 2022-23 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Anchorage International (5010)









Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Shari Showalter.


by Jay Tung

System Entry: Project signed by Jay Tung.


by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Debra Mason

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.


by Shari Showalter

System Entry: Final Report signed by Shari Showalter.


System Entry

System Entry: Final Report signed by Jay Tung.


by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Final report approved by the District Approval Committee.

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