We just held our August celebration for Aileen’s and everyone who was born in August. Including Mia’s newborn son (the only male allowed at Aileen’s). And had a wonderful time together. We’ll have monthly parties at Aileen’s with a small gift for our birthday (month) folks!
We apologize for lack of updates on our website, but we are getting a momentum here at Aileen’s HQ (i.e. our small community space). Here are some highlights:
- Someone generously donated an outreach van! This helps us expand our reach in the community and will be super useful when we launch formal peer outreach program later.
- Our space has been open for regular hours for a few months. We’ve provided hospitality, resources, community, and other necessities to our women. Please see our hours for our current hours.
- Peer leadership & arts program is happening! This is a group for our peers to express ourselves through words and arts. We are working toward putting on an art show and publishing zines.
- We’ve been holding monthly peer steering committee where our community makes decisions about the direction of Aileen’s and other stuff.
- We’ve helped several women advocate for themselves in dealing with the criminal justice system that unfairly targeted them.
- We held a baby shower for one of our women at Aileen’s. She gave birth the next day!
- We’ve applied for a King County grant that would enable us to expand our case management services and provide stipends for peer outreach and leadership development. No guarantees that we’d get it, but keep fingers crossed!
- Our sister project, System Failure Alert! has launched. This is a way for our community to report our experiences of system failures–failures of and abuses by the systems such as the police, medical providers, social service, and others that are supposed to help us but often end up causing harm–so we can establish patterns of abuse, build power, and hold institutions accountable. See System Failure Alert! website for more information.
That said, we can’t do this without the support of our community. Please continue supporting Aileen’s and our women by making a one-time donation or pledging to become a monthly donor!