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    Getting Ready For the Sulzbachers Grand Opening

    Members of the Women’s Alliance and their spouses helped assemble furniture at the new Sulzbacher Center in downtown Jacksonville. The furniture was donated by IKEA, our newest neighbor on the Southside. The ladies read the directions and identified the parts while the men did the assembly and heavy lifting. Thank you the Sulzbacher Center is grateful for your time and effort.

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    Gabriel House of Care

    Gabriel House of Care provides low cost housing for any patient and caregiver receiving treatment for cancer or transplant here in Jacksonville. The beautiful large kitchen promotes friendships and support as residents prepare their meals. Many organizations, such as the DWA, help by providing and serving meals to the residents. The best part is joining them to talk about their journey. It is a fun and rewarding experience for all. We would encourage anyone to join us the next time we plan a meal. Invitations are sent out to the DWA members letting them know when the next meal preparation is being planned. Come join us you will love the experience!

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    At the Ronald McDonald House

    The DWA once again helped the Easter Bunny put smiles on the faces of the boys and girls staying at Ronald McDonald House over the holiday. Sixty children were delighted to find bags filled with all kind of goodies Easter morning and their parents were thankful for the distraction from their children’s ongoing doctor visits and medical treatments.  Thank you to everyone who generously donated items for the bags as well as for those who took the time out of their busy schedule to help fill and deliver the bags!  Deercreek is a wonderful place to call home!

  • DWA Donations Expected to Exceed $19,000

    The DWA would like to thank our wonderful community for all of the support received over the past 19 years! You have believed in the DWA to become active members, to support and attend fund raisers, and to graciously donate your time and contribute to the various charity drives.

    Because of your generosity, we are now able to make contributions to the following outstanding local charity organizations and projects: New Heights, Books-A-Go-Go, The Bag Ladies, Jacksonville Humane Society, Mandarin Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, PACE Center for Girls Mrs. Mary’s Boutique, RITA Foundation, Gabriel House of Care, Sulzbacher Village for Women, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Light the Night” and Little Hats-Big Hearts. The DWA Board also established an Emergency Fund to provide financial aid when needed.

    Shamrock Scramble: another huge hit!  Thanks to all the players and sponsors for making this event another day to remember. Monies raised from this event will go the charities that we support.

    Porch Party at the Clubhouse: another fun social event for all the members on March 8.

    Our 2018 Board Members are:

    • Debbie Grosnick, President
    • Carney Kirtley, Vice President
    • Jill Cole, Secretary
    • Julia Watkins, Treasurer
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DWA Spotlight on Charity

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    Spotlight on Sulzbacher Village

    by Jan Malick

    After five years of dreaming, four and a half years of planning and fundraising, and a little more than a year of construction, Sulzbacher cut the ribbon on May 24th in front of a crowd of more than 300 friends and supporters to open Sulzbacher Village, a permanent, low-income housing community for women and families. The Deercreek Women’s Alliance gave a donation of $5000 towards the Village. We are so proud of this major donation.

    In addition to 70 studio, one and two-bedroom permanent-housing units for single women or women with families, Sulzbacher Village also provides 30 studio apartments for single women or women with children in need of temporary, emergency housing. A female veterans unit and a medical respite unit for women requiring follow-up care upon release from local hospitals round out the housing component of the new community—accommodating a total of 310 people.

    What makes Sulzbacher Village so unique are the additional services that will be available to its women and children residents on site.

    • Case management, job training and life skills classes.
    • A state-of-the-art pediatric health center, vision and behavioral health services.
    • A children’s program will include a computer lab, fine arts program, homework support, mentoring and other age-appropriate activities.
    • A female veterans unit will provide special programs and accommodations specifically suited to help them address their problems and move on with their lives.

    “We expect Sulzbacher Village to become a national model for low-income housing projects,” said Funkhouser.

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