AAHS has been so very fortunate in the past few months to have lots of supplies donated to help give the shelter a makeover! Inside, we've had our common area, one bedroom, and all of the hallways painted. Outside we've had a mural painted on the side of a shed and we've had a great new green space turned into a garden. We've also had new couches and other items donated to spruce up to shelter.
In order to finish up our "makeover", we need several more gallons of paint. We have five offices and five resident bedrooms or bathrooms that will need to be painted over the next six months. If you're interested in donating specifically to help provide paint, please let us know.
If you've got questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-354-0423. Checks can be written to Athens Area Homeless Shelter, with "shelter paint" on the memo line, or if you're interested in purchasing paint for us, call the shelter and we will provide you with the paint information.
Thanks so much for helping AAHS make our shelter a home for our residents!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
article originally seen at Red and Black online
By HILARY BUTSCHEK on February 16, 2012
“Spread the Love” — literally.
The second annual benefit show — which features various styles of dance, including hip-hop and burlesque — is once again asking locals to support a local problem.
“It’s going to be really high-energy,” said Grace Bagwell, head of participating company the Modern Pin Ups.
Held at the 40 Watt downtown, “Spread the Love” will donate all proceeds to the Athens Area Homeless Shelter for the second year.
The main part of the show will be movement: The Modern Pin Ups and Sweet Dreams will dance a combination of original and older pieces, and they will be followed by other dance companies traveling from as far as Charleston, S.C.
An improvement from last year, there are many different acts from many different areas involved this year.
“Last year I had to really make an effort,” said senior Katie Otto, who is head of Sweet Dreams. “This year people really want to be involved.”
About 20 dance pieces will be intermittently spaced out during the show with singing, raffles and crowd interaction.
But Otto said the centerpiece of the show is special: professional dance.
“It’s something Athens doesn’t really offer a whole lot,” she said. “This is the kind of dancing you would see at a show in L.A. It’s art. It’s not mechanically put together — it’s much more intimate than that.”
Along with the dance theme, an atmosphere of love will characterize the show.
“There is going to be great music — it’s going to be bumpin’ the whole time,” Otto said. “It’s going to be romantic, but not in an in-your-face kind of way, because that’s not what it’s about. It will be about spreading and celebrating love in our community.”
Otto had always wanted to find a special way to help her community; and the idea to dance for the homeless struck her last year after she met and talked with one homeless man.
“I was talking to a homeless man who used to hang out right outside of Publix,” Otto said. “We were just talking about how much he liked music, and that just weighed really heavy on my heart the whole day. Then, I thought of this way to raise money doing something I was good at, and dance has always been in my life.”
Last year, the event succeeded even after a quick set-up. After bills, it raised about $700 to go straight to the cause, Otto said.
“I remember the day I got to bring that check to the homeless shelter,” she said. “It was so rewarding. I’m excited this year because we raised the ticket prices, and it is all going to the homeless shelter. If anyone needs it right now, it’s them.”
Those at the AAHS were plesantly surprised.
“It is unexpected,” said Shea Post, AAHS’ executive director, “but we are always thrilled when people in the community want to help us, so any event that the community can put on is always helpful.”
The home-grown performance asks for a little help to aid a home-grown problem, but it won’t leave the audience without a reward.
“First and foremost, come out because it’s going to be a good time,” Bagwell said.
Otto is convinced the event will be so compelling, audience won’t want to leave.
“I know if I can get people in the door,” she said, “they’ll want to come back. Everyone who was there last year is coming back.”
“SPREAD THE LOVE”
When: Tonight at 8 p.m.
Where: 40 Watt
Join UGA at the Stadion Classic April 30 - May 6, 2012!
Purchase a pass for yourself or a block for your company and support AAHS!
Print off the order form below, or visit http://www.stadionclassic.uga.edu/
to purchase tickets online.
Don't forget to select AAHS as your charity of choice if you purchase online!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
We hope your Valentine's Day was full of love!
Our residents made bracelets for their moms with Devotion Farms last week! Thanks for the Valentine's Day project!
Don't forget to join us tomorrow night at the 40 Watt for Spread the Love!
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thanks again to Junk South for their work in front of the shelter!
We've now got a beautiful space that can be used to enlarge our gardens and for the kiddos to play!
Come by and check it out!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
This month AAHS wants to thank St. Joseph's Catholic School for some amazing donations!
With the incentive of throwing a pie in the principle's face for the students who brought in the most supplies, St. Joseph's was able to stock our supply room to the rafters!
A Huge thank you to the:
Pre-K kiddos for toothbrushes and toothpaste
Kindergarteners for soap
First graders for gloves
Second graders for deodorant
Third graders for shampoo
Fourth graders for conditioner
Fifth graders for band-aids
Sixth graders for disinfectant wipes
Seventh graders for toilet paper
Eighth graders for paper towels
And a REALLY huge thanks to Mr Martin for letting the kids pie him in the face! What a great sport!
Thanks to the students of St. Joseph's, residents at AAHS as well as programs around Athens will have toiletries, cleaning supplies, and first aid supplies that they need! What a great service!