The Alfred-Washburn Center (AWC) reopened with limited service on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. This was made possible by dedicated volunteers and clients who have put in long hours over the past week. Thanks to all who helped to get us back in service. Saint Paul's Catholic Church Feed my Sheep ministry served a hot meal which was welcomed by the clients. The re-opening was attended by the Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. The temporary trailer and associated utilities will be an extra financial burden on the AWC until a decision is made concerning rebuilding the service house. The AWC can always use more volunteers (we are a 100% volunteer organization, no one gets paid) and of course financial help.
A tragic fire occurred at the Alfred-Washburn Center on Monday evening, December 9, 2013 that destroyed the service house. The shower and laundry building was not damaged and hopefully will reopen soon. If you would like to help in the restoration of the AWC, please send your donations to:Alfred-Washburn Center, PO Box 17062, Pensacola, FL 32522 or donate via the PayPal link on the home page.
A dedication service was held on January 26, 2013 at the Alfred-Washburn Center (AWC) to honor the memory of Edith and Worth Daniel on the occasion of their generous donation to the Center. Their donation will enable the AWC to continue to serve the poor and homeless in our community.
The dedication service was led by Monsignor Michael Reed, Rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and retired Bishop Jackson Biggers, the former Episcopal Bishop of Malawi. The ceremony was attended by Mrs. Meriweather and George Carr, friends of Edith and Worth, Dr. Daniel Summers and his wife Jan, Martha Desposito, President of the SVdP Council of Pensacola Tallahassee, Deacon Bob Leblanc, Director of the AWC, Chuck Porter, the newly appointed Director of the AWC, and members of the homeless community.
The Alfred-Washburn Center was the recipient of a $20,000.00 grant in December 2012 from The Chadbourne Foundation. The grant was awarded to enable the Center to purchase a vehile to pick up food and supplies to support the 130+ clients who visit daily to take a shower, do thier laundry and obtain food.