Community Partner Spotlight: Allied Churches of Alamance County
Allied Churches of Alamance County (ACAC) was founded in 1982 as a collaboration between churches across all denominations in the county to help those experiencing homelessness, lack of food and unemployment. ACAC operates the largest shelter in Alamance with the ability to house men, women and children 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The organization utilizes strategies such as rapid re-housing to move people through the shelter as quickly as possible.
However, Allied Churches is more than just a shelter and we had the privilege to learn about the different services in our most recent visit. Five days a week the ACAC kitchen (named Joe’s Diner) is open to the community and serves lunch and dinner. There is no criteria to be served, and therefore no one is turned away. ACAC is also currently renovating a room to be an infant and child playroom. This will be space for kids to go while their parents/guardians can have some quiet time in the shelter.
ACAC has a drop-in computer center staffed during the weekdays with access to résumé and employment assistance. Referrals can also be made to other health and social services as needed. The center is open to residents as well as the public to ensure no one is falling through the cracks. ACAC works to build strong relationships with everyone that walks through the door in order to get them connected to all the services they may need.
Pictured left is a mural a group of children created to represent everything Allied Churches does for the community. Many of the words on the mural are not necessarily tangible services but words like power, encourage, charity and faith. ACAC is changing lives every day and we couldn’t be more honored to partner with an agency like this one!
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