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After launching an urgent plea for support in preparation for a total kitchen renovation, Allied Churches of Alamance County has surpassed a $45,000 goal in just one month’s time. The organization’s “Stack the Plates” campaign set out to cover the costs of 15,000 meals for community members in need during an eight-week renovation.

Currently, ACAC’s lunch and dinner community meals serve an average of 300 people per day. The free daily meals have become a necessary provision in one of Burlington’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. Funding from the City of Burlington’s Community...

Allied Churches of Alamance County (ACAC) will soon begin a kitchen renovation. This is good news for ACAC and good news for hundreds of shelter guests and community members that eat here every day. However, with that good news comes a new challenge. We will not be able to prepare and serve food from our kitchen for eight weeks, from July 6, 2015 – August 31, 2015.

We estimate that it will cost more than $40,000 to bring in prepared food from commercial kitchens during this eight week period. ACAC will serve approximately 15,000 meals...

Beginning in January of 2015, United Way of Alamance County, Allied Churches of Alamance County(ACAC) and DeBoer & Gabriel Properties entered into a partnership to address the issue of affordable housing in Alamance County with an innovative solution. ACAC’s Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) Program seeks to house individuals and families in stable, safe homes; assisting the new tenants in case management and rental assistance for the first four months. As the largest and only emergency shelter of its kind in the county, ACAC has taken the lead to work towards ending homelessness as we know it...

On a blue lanyard that Jan Bowman uses to unlock doors throughout Allied Churches of Alamance County, one small silver key sticks out.

“Take keys for example,” she said. “That means ownership, and we sometimes take that for granted. … I carry this key with me because it’s symbolic of ownership and the little things.”

Bowman, 55, was recently hired as the program director for ACAC, overseeing the shelter, kitchen and food pantry staffs. She’d previously served as the program specialist through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act program, a federal law that “...

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Relief isn’t always the most common feeling during a trip to the dentist, but a few dozen people who visited Fuller Dental Practice on Saturday felt that emotion.

They came from the Allied Churches homeless shelter, and were given cleanings, fillings, and extractions free of charge.

James King, who has been living at the shelter for about a month, was even fitted for dentures. He has been wanting to get some since he lost his teeth about 15 years ago, but could never afford the approximately $3,000 cost. The shelter and dental practice teamed up to cover...

As part of a community service project headed up by Leadership Alamance participants, 40 Allied Churches shelter residents were treated to a fine dining experience on April 19th. The ACAC dining room was converted into a five-star restaurant for the evening, complete with flowers, music, waitstaff, and filet mignon! Several community donors contributed to the event, which fulfilled its purpose beautifully; making every resident feel special and respected.

Leadership Alamance participant Leanna Giles expressed her excitement prior to the dinner, "Everyone in our group is confident...

We were thrilled to have our own Kim Crawford, ACAC Executive Director give her input this week at the Community Connections Forum sponsored by Elon University and The Times-News. She offered insight about the issue of hunger in Alamance County. The forum was featured in a story by Elon's student newspaper, The Pendulum, and was also taped in case you missed it. Kim's biggest charge to all at the forum- "Do something!"

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We are thrilled to announce the hiring of a new Program Director! This newly created staff position will oversee shelter, food pantry, and kitchen operations. ACAC has recently taken a leading role in Alamance County for the intake of those in need of housing. The Program Director will be a huge asset as our essential programs grow.

Jan Bowman has most recently served as the McKinney-Vento Program Specialist for the Alamance-Burlington School System, where she grew a passion for assisting the homeless and at-risk population in Alamance County. Her emphasis was on linking families...

An unexpected surprise arrived at the ACAC Shelter on the Friday before Valentine's Day. Several women from Elon University arrived with personalized cards and flower bouquets for each woman and child staying with us. "The Flower Project" as the students call it, is an initiative that began when a class speaker inspired them to take action for women in trying situations.

After gathering donations through an online campaign, the group spent time putting together hundreds of flowers and cards.

The students hoped that their flowers and cards would be reminder to women in...

Access to mental health services such as counseling, referrals, and sustained care is vital for many of the at-risk population in Alamance County. Now, thanks to funding through the United Way of Alamance County and a partnership with RHA Behavioral Health,  ACAC is able to offer those services in-house.

Homelessness is a traumatic experience. People experiencing homelessness are under constant stress, unsure of whether they will be able to sleep in a safe environment or obtain a decent meal. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, the mentally ill homeless...

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