Four awards were given at this years event, including the Single Adult Recipient Award which went to Kenny Davis, a program participant with Anawim Housing, who was nominated by his Anawim Program Manager Dan McBee.
In December 2015, Broadlawns referred Kenny to Anawim Housing. Kenny had been diagnosed with Bipolar Personality Disorder. Anawim was to provide him with an apartment following his stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility, and he moved into housing in January of 2016. Kenny struggled with homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness ever since his highschool years. After being referred to Anawim Housing, receiving the keys to his own apartment, and working closely with his program manager, Kenny has been able to seek out proper care for his mental illness, begin reconnecting with his children, and training for a job as a machinist with Workfoce Development. While he knows that recovery is a lifelong process that will always be a part of who he is, Kenny is greatly inspiring those around him and is finding stability in his life.
This year, program participants and different organizations painted cupboard doors to be auctioned at the Opening Doors event. Four of our own Anawim Housing program participants helped paint beautiful doors that represent their journey, which were auctioned off with all proceeds going to support Opening Doors: