There was a great crowd at the groundbreaking for the new Anna Louise Inn on Thursday, January 30th, at the United Way. Thank you!
With a full line-up of speakers, the crowd was reminded just how important the Anna Louise Inn is to our community.
The new Inn will offer residents a new level of comfort, convenience, privacy and hope. Located at the corner of Kinsey and Reading Road, residents will have efficiencies with their own bathroom and kitchenette, unlike the dormitory-style rooms the Inn currently has. The new Inn will have a computer lab, laundry rooms, an exercise room, gazebo and garden. In addition, there will be a service coordinator on-site to work with the residents and link them to needed services and provide overall support to help residents achieve success.
The 85 efficiency units will make up the top three floors of the four-story residential building. On the first floor, 12 two-person rooms will be reserved for women in the Off the Streets program, which provides services for prostituted women.
The new location offers a new community in Mt. Auburn that has embraced the Inn and its mission, and it keeps the residents’ convenient access to public transportation. This is critical to their ability to seek or maintain employment and obtain needed services.
We hope to complete the structure by summer 2015.