Photo Caption: Ashly pictured next to our welcome buckets that are given to each tenant that moves into Anawim Housing.
Anawim is lucky to foster educational work experiences with several interns throughout the year - one of whom was Ashly Frazier who just finished her internship with us! Here's her story:
"My name is Ashly Frazier and I am completing my first year as a student at Drake University. Through Drake's Engaged Citizen Corps program, I have had the opportunity to serve as an intern at Anawim Housing. By the end of this academic year, I had completed over 300 hours of service with this wonderful organization! During my time at Anawim I did numerous jobs. Some were as simple as organizing donations, others more complex, such as designing a volunteer power point, or empowering tenants' voices through the development of a tenant satisfaction survey. I have had many amazing experiences during my time at Anawim, but two stand out. First, having the chance to assist with the peer-mentoring group, Full Circle, was very powerful. It taught me about the importance of home, as well as a lot about myself. I was also able to organize an event to connect Anawim tenants with other community nonprofits and resources, designed to lay the groundwork for future community events."
In an excerpt taken from a post by Ashly Frazier on Drake University's Community and Engaged Learning webpage, she writes:
"These concepts and ideas of home and who receives the opportunity to have a home are why I appreciate the work Anawim Housing is doing and I am honored to help further these efforts. This organization has taught me to advocate for change in a way that is meaningful, while maintaining autonomy and dignity of those we serve; two things often trampled in the crusade. Every person deserves a home. With every discussion on this issue, we are taking one more step along the long road to prevent, remedy, and one day abolish homelessness."
Read the full post on Drake's webpage by clicking HERE.