Frequently Asked Questions
Q.1 What services does AAHS offer?
AAHS offers several services for both those experiencing homelessness and those at-risk. The Almost Home program is a housing shelter for families with children. Participants of this program have access to holistic case management while they work toward being stably housed. The Going Home program involves rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention by offering families experiencing homelessness and those at-risk of homelessness holistic case management as they become independent. JobTREC is an employment support services program available to help clients in the Almost Home and Going Home programs take additional steps toward self-sufficiency. All My Money provides financial literacy education to clients in the community in various settings, including group classes, individual counseling and monthly seminars. Each program is designed to help at-risk members of the community stabilize and maintain independence.
Q.2 How is AAHS funded?
AAHS is supported by a combination of local and national grants, foundations, churches, businesses, and private donations. About half of the AAHS budget relies on grants, and half relies on other contributions. The majority of those grants are managed and distributed to AAHS by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Athens-Clarke County Housing and Community Development Department.
Q.3 What is the Athens Resource Center for Hope (ARCH)?
The Athens Resource Center for Hope(ARCH) emerged in 2007 with AAHS as a founding partner in an effort to provide a new housing village and resource center for families at risk of experiencing homelessness. The mission of ARCH is to serve the community by empowering individuals and families who have experienced homelessness to realize their great human potential, become as independent as possible within their families and community, and establish a valued role in society. ARCH is composed of four member agencies that seek to ensure quality of services to the homeless in Athens: the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, AIDS Athens, and Athens Nurses Clinic. The Resource Center and apartment village opened in April 2016, and provides services through the agencies involved, as well as 18 housing units for AAHS clients moving out of homelessness and poverty.
Q.4 How can I help?
In order to help AAHS continue to expand and provide greater resources for the community, donations are important. Please consider becoming a Shelter Provider and give a designated amount each month to AAHS. Volunteers are also crucial to reaching our goals. Opportunities include providing dinner for our residents, working as baby-sitters or tutors, providing maintenance, gardening, etc. or teaching a skills class (Health and Nutrition, Conflict Resolution, Resume Building, Self-Care, Exercise, or even Affordable Beauty Tips). You can also help by purchasing commonly needed items from our Amazon Wishlist!
Q.5 Who are the AAHS Board of Directors and staff?
The AAHS Board of Directors consists of a diverse group of individuals from the Athens community who are representative of the AAHS client population. The staff members are each highly qualified, educated, and experienced professionals dedicated to serving clients.
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