Irving Street Women’s Residence | Volunteers of America

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The Irving Street Women’s Residence is a residential and support program designed to serve chronically homeless women (homeless for one continuous year or four (4) times in three (3) years) who are disabled or experience mental health issues.  

The facility houses 25 women in 15 sleeping rooms and there is no maximum length of stay. The program includes a home-like environment where the women can live without the fear of having to return to the streets within a specific amount of time. The women are empowered to care for themselves by maintaining their living space in a healthy and sanitary manner, as well as participating in food preparation, planning their daily activities and providing support to one another in the community living environment. The facility is staffed 24/7 with a Project Manager, Residential Coordinators, Case Managers and a Part-Time Mental Health Worker/Consultant.

Residents are drawn exclusively through the One Home

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Air National Guard Volunteers Assist at Alaska Kitchen > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Story

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Since mid-August, Alaska Air National Guardsmen assigned to the 176th Force Support Flight Sustainment Services, who are local to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough area, have been volunteering their time to assist the Five Loaves, Two Fish Kitchen in Wasilla, Alaska.

“As a force in readiness, the relevancy of the National Guard increases through the flexibility of these Airmen,” said Air Force Master Sgt. Franz Deters, the senior noncommissioned officer in charge of the volunteer effort.

The kitchen relies on donations from the Food Bank and other foundations to prepare quality meals for local Mat-Su residents in need. The organization employs only one professional chef, Air Force veteran Mike Gordon, and the rest of the staff is completely made up of unpaid volunteers. The kitchen is next door to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, whose kitchen committee heads up the operation.

“When the guard started volunteering here, we were very short staffed,” said

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Healing Garden continues to grow with the help of volunteers

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The sweat is as thick on his brow as the sentiment is in his voice.

Eddie Schmitz pulls out his cellphone to underscore why he’s here on this Tuesday morning in September, the temperature steadily rising in unison with the emotion with which he speaks.

On its screen flashes a picture of a Canadian mother of two.

She lost her life on Oct. 1, 2017.

“Yesterday, it was Tera Roe’s birthday,” Schmitz says of the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting victim. “On my Facebook page, every single birthday, they’re honored on my page,” he notes, scrolling through one memorial after the next. “Every single one of them.”

Healing Garden volunteers Sue Ann Cornwell, left, and Alicia Mierke work Sept. 14 on restoring ...
Healing Garden volunteers Sue Ann Cornwell, left, and Alicia Mierke work Sept. 14 on restoring memorial trellises for victims of the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting. (Elizabeth Page Brumley / Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Schmitz stands in the center of the Healing Garden, the

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American Rose Garden volunteers days set for Oct. 23-24

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Shreveport Times

Published 6:00 a.m. CT Sept. 29, 2020


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This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a wide swath of Americans to the joys of gardens and gardening. The fresh air and other healthful benefits of outdoor exercise, together with the good feeling of accomplishing something useful have drawn many to begin gardening or increase activities in the garden.

American’s Rose Garden at the American Rose Center is seeking volunteers to participate during its upcoming Volunteer Days from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 24. Volunteers are welcome to come work in the garden any time during the two days. Mask wearing and social distancing will be observed and a brown bag lunch will be provided to all who register.

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A Peace Rose at the American Rose Society. (Photo:

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