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Women’s shelter is transformed by volunteers

Volunteers have transformed Acres of Diamonds, a shelter helping women and their families to break the cycles of poverty, addiction and violence, with projects both inside the buildings and out.  - Courtesy photo
Volunteers have transformed Acres of Diamonds, a shelter helping women and their families to break the cycles of poverty, addiction and violence, with projects both inside the buildings and out.
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As the Acres of Diamonds women’s shelter has changed the lives of hundreds of women over the years, volunteers have been transforming the Duvall shelter.

The shelter, established in 1995 as a a transitional Christian home for homeless women and their children, has relied heavily on community support in the past year. Unexpected budget cuts early in the year led to staff layoffs and a reorganization for the board of directors. Volunteers from local churches, school and service groups have stepped in to lend a hand, committing hundreds of hours each month to the facility, and helping to raise $20,000 at the 2012 dinner auction.

Those auction funds helped purchase a new roof and siding, plus other maintenance work at the main Acres of Diamonds house and resident apartments. Volunteers have completed dozens of clean-up and beautification projects at Acres of Diamonds. They’ve painted, built a new play structure and done landscaping projects, and provided administrative help in the office, as house moms, and as mentors.

“The women residing at Acres of Diamonds have been deeply touched by the outpouring of support our program has received from so many of our community members,” said program director Peggy McNamara. “Not only do they appreciate the time, donations and efforts given by the many volunteers, they are also inspired by the genuine care and compassion they witness time and time again, as children, teens and adults one by one ‘show up’ in their lives.”

The need for community support is ongoing, and community members can contribute in several ways, including tax-deductible donations of money, volunteering time and talents, or donating necessities such as paper goods, cleaning supplies, firewood, bedding, furniture, clothes and toys. For more information, visit the website at www.acresofdiamonds.org.

Acres of Diamonds (AOD) was established in 1995 and has served hundreds of women with counseling and daily support and guidance to help break the cycles of addiction, poverty and homelessness.

 

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