Rasmuson Foundation announces funding for AWARE and Glory Hole

The Rasmuson Foundation announced more than $1 million in funding for Juneau’s AWARE shelter and The Glory Hole.

The grants are part of $9.6 million to be awarded this year to Alaska nonprofits.  The foundation announced the funding yesterday at its biannual meeting.

The Aiding Women In Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE) was awarded $1 million to build an extended stay shelter for women and children.

“It means so much to me that the Rasmuson Foundation recognizes the critical need of safety and stability in the lives of women leaving the emergency shelter,” AWARE Executive Director Saralyn Tabachnick said.

Tabachnick estimates approximately 20 women and children stay at the emergency shelter each day with sometimes up to 37 staying the night.

The transitional housing is going to be made up of six units – 4 two-bedroom units and two efficiencies. She expects stays of 3-18 months.

“Having this housing can make a tremendous impact in the lives of people wanting to live free of violence,” she said.

The Glory Hole, which provides food and shelter for the homeless, was awarded $120,000 for weatherization and energy efficiency improvements to its facilities.

Full list of projects funded

  • AWARE: $1 million to construct an extended stay shelter for women and children.
  • The Glory Hole: $120,000 to make weatherization and energy efficiency improvements to its facility which provides food and shelter to homeless individuals.


  • Access Alaska: $500,000 grant and a $500,000 Program Related Investment loan to purchase and renovate its operations building in Anchorage.
  • Alaska Community Foundation: $350,000 for a fund established by the Alaska Railroad to restore historic steam engine #557.
  • Alaska Pacific University: $100,000 for activities to build student enrollment and increase annual giving.
  • Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center: a grant for up to $650,000 to install updated breast imaging equipment at the new health clinic.
  • Anchorage Park Foundation: $100,000 for installation of two art panels as a component of the renovation of the Anchorage Veterans’ Memorial.
  • Rural Alaska Community Action Program: $450,000 to purchase and renovate a child development facility in Anchorage for low income families.
  • United Way of Anchorage: $1,000,000 to support the “90 percent by 2020” program to increase high school graduation rates in Anchorage.
  • Lubavitch Jewish Center of Alaska: $200,000 to renovate a facility to house the Gan Yeladim Early Learning Center.


  • Brother Francis Shelter Kodiak: $500,000 to expand and renovate its homeless shelter.
  • City of Kodiak: $500,000 to construct a new public library
  • Kodiak Area Native Association: $100,000 to modernize the dental clinic in its Alutiiq Health Center with new dental chairs and equipment.

Kenai Peninsula:

  • City of Soldotna: $495,000 grant to purchase fixtures, furniture and equipment for the expansion of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Public Library.


  • Southcentral Foundation: $1,258,900 to furnish and equip a 21-chair dental clinic in the new Valley Native Primary Care Center in Wasilla.


  • Alaska Immigration Justice Project: $500,000 to expand the programs and services offered by its Language Interpreter Center.
  • RurAL CAP: $250,000 to make improvements to Head Start facilities in several rural communities.
  • $1 million was allocated for a one-time distribution of funds through the statewide Emergency Food and Shelter Network administered through United Way of Anchorage.






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