Anawim - Shelter for Homeless Women
This year we would like to help and give support to one of the most remarkable person in the community - Mrs. Teresa Mirabella. For over 25 years, she has dedicated her life to help homeless, mostly people who struggle with addictions, working in the shelter Anawim for homeless eastern-european men.
As a nurse, in 2013, Teresa was named the winner of the Nursing Excellence GEM Award (national competition) in the Volunteerism and Service category.
Splitting her time between work in the hospital and work as a director of a homeless shelter, she still had motivation to do more. Teresa's new goal was to organize a shelter for homeless women, as she felt the great need for that.
What was amazing, was the fact that Teresa was saving her own money for that project, and when she was finally ready, she purchased the building to acomplish her goal.
The building needs complete renovation and the work is in progress already. But there is still a lot more to do, and more money to spend in order to finish this project. That is why we want to start this fund - LET'S HELP TERESA SO SHE CAN CONTINUE HER GREAT WORK TO HELP OTHERS!!!
Thanks to the courtesy of Polish Women's Alliance of America, who also supports this project, we were able to provide additional information with more details regarding this project below.
"Update on the Anawim Shelter for Women Project
Work is steadily progressing on the interior and exterior renovations for the Anawim Women's Shelter (a 501 ( c ) 3 Not For Profit) located in the Humboldt Park area in Chicago, IL thanks to the ongoing support from the Polish/American community and other generous individuals and buisnesses here in Illiois and beyond.
Most of the labor, including the architect, general contractor, tradesmen and other workers have pledged their services pro bono. In addition, residents of the Anawim Men's Shelter, also located in Chicago, are providing their labor, in appreciation for the assistance and shelter that they have been given, in their time of need.
Currently, the plumbing is being put into place so that the cement can be poured for the lower level floor, after which all electrical and HVAC work will be completed. Beams are being put into place on all three (3) levels, after which insulation and dry wall will be installed. New windows that were purchased at a greatly reduced price, due to a generous donation are being delivered in the coming weeks.
While there is still much work ahead, the progress being made on a weekly basis brings this much needed project closer to becoming a reality. Completion is anticipated by mid-2016."
We are very grateful for all the help and support! Together we can do great things. :)