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AACH is honored to have been selected for the 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the region’s best community-based charities. This award reflects AACH’s status as a highly effective local charity, working to move homeless families to independence.

“AACH is delighted that the accomplishments of our clients will have the exposure of the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s widespread reach and sterling reputation throughout the DC metro area,” said AACH Executive Director, Michael O’Rourke. “AACH’s clients serve as an inspiration and model to all as they transition from homelessness to independence. AACH is very proud of our staff as they serve as our clients’ Bridge to Independence.”

AACH was selected for the 12th annual Catalogue for Philanthropy, which has, since 2003, connected caring citizens with worthy community causes and raised more than $22 million for featured nonprofits. The Catalogue's vetting process is rigorous: members of a 125-person review team, made up of foundations, corporations, peer nonprofits and the philanthropic advisory community, evaluate charities on the basis of program impact and fiscal soundness and each featured charity is visited on-site by at least one member of the review team.

“Donors know they can trust the Catalogue to help them make smart decisions about local nonprofits where their contributions will really make a difference,” notes Catalogue President Barbara Harman. “The Washington, DC region ranks third in wealth disparity in the nation – having one of the most affluent (and well-educated) populations in the country, and also one of the poorest. We are in a unique position to help our neighbors by connecting donors and volunteers to worthy, local nonprofits working to strengthen the D.C. region. The Catalogue makes it easy to learn about community needs and to help meet them.”


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!

The education [training] helped me earn more money and be in a career that I enjoy. The budget showed me what I was, at the beginning, wasting my money on and helps me stay focused toward my future goals.

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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