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AWAIC Expansion

AWAIC’s 52-bed shelter has been at, or over, capacity an average of 49% over the last five years. The Safe Spaces Expansion and Renovation Project will bring additional beds and programmatic space to AWAIC’s participants. AWAIC has 51% of the funds raised and with YOUR ongoing support AWAIC will break ground June of 2019.

AWAIC was created in 1977 as a safe home in response to an increase in violence in the community. AWAIC moved into the current facility in 1983 and it has allowed AWAIC to offer a continuum of services to the community. After 36 years the demand for services has stretched the capacity of its program and the services it provides.

AWAIC’s 52 beds are the only available emergency domestic violence shelter beds in our community of nearly 300,000 women, men, and children. The Safe Spaces Expansion and Renovation Project will increase the number of shelter beds by 15 to include beds for male victims and provide additional areas to work with nonresidential families, who are not in shelter or who have transitioned out of shelter.

The estimated 4,000 square foot addition and 4,000 square foot renovation is estimated to cost $3.5 million of which AWAIC has raised 51% of the funds. AWAIC continues to pursue corporate, foundation, and individual support.


Senator Dan Sullivan and his wife Julie Fate Sullivan to be Honorary Co-Chairs of AWAIC Expansion Capital Campaign

Safe Spaces Campaign will fund much needed expansion of domestic violence shelter, over capacity much of the year

Anchorage, Alaska — U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan and his wife Julie Fate Sullivan have agreed to be Honorary Co-Chairs of the Safe Spaces capital campaign being launched this month to support the expansion of AWAIC’s at-capacity facility, and to increase the space used to offer clients and the larger community resources related to ending domestic violence.

The number of Anchorage-area women and children needing domestic violence safe shelter, crisis management, and intervention services, consistently exceeds the amount of available space at AWAIC’s shelter. Last year, AWAIC provided more than 20,000 shelter nights to 436 women and 245 children, reaching or exceeding capacity 55 percent of the year. Forecast data indicates that the need for shelter from domestic violence will continue to increase measurably. The expansion will add 12 spaces to AWAIC’s 52-bed shelter - along with additional room to accommodate the growing demand for nonresidential services AWAIC also provides.

“As the only domestic violence shelter in Anchorage, and from Kenai to Palmer, AWAIC is the one organization uniquely positioned to fill this need, as it has done for the past 40 years,” said Senator Sullivan. “It is unfortunate that the need continues to rise. Julie and I are honored to chair this critical effort to expand the shelter.”

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 For more information on the AWAIC Safe Spaces Capital Campaign please contact AWAIC Executive Director Suzi Pearson at 743-5726 or