ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Hickel Investment Company recently donated land in downtown Anchorage to Abused Women’s Aid In Crisis (AWAIC). The property, located at 619 E. Fifth Ave., will be the future site of the new AWAIC Resource Center.
“We are excited to help AWAIC and the women and families they provide for. The donation will provide additional opportunities for those who need them most. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of this project,” said Wally Hickel Jr., President/CEO of Hickel Investment Co.
The new Resource Center will serve as the drop-off location for items donated to AWAIC. Donations are currently accepted at AWAIC’s primary location, but due to a lack of space and designated staff, AWAIC is unable to efficiently manage the amount of items that are generously donated by the community.
“This land donation creates an amazing opportunity for AWAIC,” said Suzi Pearson, Executive Director for AWAIC. “We can create a job development center, address all the donations the community gives us and provide additional office space as our programs grow. We are incredibly excited about moving forward with the AWAIC Resource Center.”
The Resource Center will allow AWAIC staff to more effectively use and distribute donations to ensure that they are received by AWAIC participants or by partner agencies serving at-risk, low-income and vulnerable individuals whose basic needs are not always met for items such as clothing and small household appliances.
A building deemed unsafe to occupy currently sits on the property. Roger Hickel Contracting, Inc. has committed to covering the costs of demolition of the existing building as an in-kind donation, and once demolition is complete, construction of a new building, designed by kpb Architects, will begin.
AWAIC is dedicated to domestic violence safe shelter and intervention. We value education, advocacy, partnership, sustainability and credibility. We believe that everyone has the right to live in a fear-free environment. Our operating principles value the dignity, respect, empowerment and accountability of all individuals. We strive to provide participants in our programs a full range of choices for living and to empower all those affected by domestic violence to make positive decisions about their lives. AWAIC serves all victims of domestic violence including women, men and children.