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.