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For nearly 30 years, AACH has been providing a foundation for at-risk women and families to rebuild their lives. Although our mission hasn't changed, much else has. While our main focus continues to be on helping homeless families secure permanent and stable housing, we are also increasingly working with at-risk families to prevent them from ever becoming homeless. Our new name, Bridges to Independence, reflects a positive vision of the future and what we strive to help our clients achieve: independence.

By Partnering with AACH and its volunteers, we help clients Progress amidst life’s challenges, and eventually Prosper, living independent, stable lives/futures. We believe that our new logo reflects how we see ourselves as an organization: as positive, empowering and innovative in the service of a critical mission. We will begin officially using our new name in January 2015.

We’re also excited about our (eventual) new home. Through a partnership with Clark Realty Capital, AACH will exchange our client services building for new space in 10th Street Flats, the 5-story, 150,000 square foot a multi-use building will be constructed at the corner of 10th Street and North Highland Street. In addition to nearly doubling AACH's existing space, the property will house 135 apartments - including 6 affordable units - 9 live/work units and retail and office space.

"AACH is thrilled to partner with Clark Realty Capital on the 10th Street Flats project as AACH continues its programs and services for homeless and disadvantaged members of the community," said Michael O'Rourke, Executive Director of AACH. "The arrangement preserves proximity to Sullivan House Shelter which AACH operates, while offering staff and clients the benefit of generous and inspiring new space in which to do their important work." Work on the project will commence in Spring 2015. Stay tuned for updates!

Join us Saturday, October 11 at John Carlyle Square in Old Town Alexandria for the 4th Annual Rock and Stroll to End Homelessness!  In addition to the 10K, 5K and 1K Fun Run/Walk, there will be a Zumbathon, yoga, cornhole, a hula hoop jam, kids' activities, food and music.  This event, the successor to Fannie Mae's Help the Homeless Walkathon, benefits 6 nonprofits this year: AACH, Good Shepherd Housing, Wesley Housing, ALIVE!, New Hope Housing and Community Lodgings.

Come out to run, fest, and/or volunteer!
Visit www.rockandstroll.net and specify "AACH"!!!


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Client Needs:

  • Furniture and Beds
  • Soap
  • Diapers
  • Baby oil
  • Baby powder (preferably corn starch base)
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby wipes
  • A&D ointment
  • Dishes, pots, pans, silverware
  • 19 disposable cameras for children
  • Movie tickets for children
  • Giant gift cards
  • Target gift cards
  • Metro cards
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Relaxer
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine hygiene products

Contact Jennifer Mazarr at jmazarr@aachhomeless.org