Breaking Barriers and Building Lives
The Anacortes Family Center (AFC) provides housing and support for women, children, and families with children. Sixty-five percent of their clients at any given time are kids. Founded in 2009, AFC operates differently than the conventional homeless shelter model. "Our goal as a service provider is to help families and individuals become self-sufficient and ultimately not rely on social services," explains Executive Director Dustin Johnson. Their comprehensive program includes homelessness prevention and three types of housing: emergency shelter, transformative housing and affordable housing.
The Anacortes Family Center focuses on the individual as a whole person, and not just on temporary needs, in order to end the cycle of homelessness. Within 24 hours of beginning the program, the client will meet with their case manager to assess their situation and begin to break any barriers to moving forward. "If a woman says she needs to find daycare for her children in order to get a job, we immediately tap into our resources to solve that problem so she can concentrate on obtaining employment." Adult residents are required to secure employment within two weeks of arriving at AFC and the staff helps them write resumes, prepare for interviews, and plug into the job market.
Over eighty percent of clients leave with a permanent home and stable job. It is no wonder their success rate is the highest in the state! The Anacortes Family Center is entirely funded through community donations and support. Click here to find out how you can support AFC.
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