February has been a busy month for non-profits Appalachian Women’s Fund, the Hospitality House, and OASIS.
AWF board members attended the dedication of the new homeless shelter and the ribbon cutting of the newly renovated domestic violence shelter.
The AWF provided grant money for both shelters in recent grant cycles. Before ground was even broken, the Hospitality House was awarded grant money totaling $20,000 over a four year period. The money allocated gave the AWF naming rights to the women’s dorm. On a recent tour of the new facility, board members were able to see how well the investment paid off. Now women and children have separate sleeping quarters providing much needed privacy and peace of mind to the residents during their stay. The next phase of planning for the dorm is the decorating. Making the dorm feel welcoming and comfortable will be the icing on the cake for those involved.
OASIS hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony recently showing off the newly renovated safe-haven for women and children fleeing abusive homes. A one-time grant of $5,000 was awarded by the AWF to assist in the construction costs of the year-long project. Freshly painted walls, a new playroom, expanded kitchen, new laundry room, and more sleeping and living quarters, give the staff and volunteers at OASIS the space and atmosphere they have craved for many years.
“Boone is a model city with two new facilities serving the community,” said Margaret Burkholtz at Friday’s ribbon cutting. AWF President, Patti Turner, could not agree more. “Seeing these projects completed is so rewarding for members of the AWF. To our general membership, I want you to take pride in these first-rate facilities because your membership and attendance at the June fundraiser have enabled these agencies to address the growing problems of homelessness and violence,” said Turner.
And growing problems they are. OASIS has seen a 28% client increase in the last 12 months. An ailing economy is often the catalyst for families already stressed and strapped to reach their final breaking point. Both shelters have been busy during this downturn. OASIS Director, Jennifer Herman takes some measure of comfort in being busy. “It means women are not suffering in silence,” she said.
“Women helping women” is the entire premise by which the Appalachian Women’s Fund operates. “We did that in a big and tangible way through the grants provided and I am so proud of everyone who made this all possible,“ said Turner. You can hear from many other grant recipients at a breakfast on April 14th at the Broyhill Inn & Conference Center. Then on June 23rd, the Blowing Rock Country Club hosts the annual Woman of Vision Award Luncheon & Silent Auction.
To learn more about these upcoming events, go to www.appalachianwomensfund.org or call the office at 828-264-4002. Membership and donation information is available as well.