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Happy Birthday Anchor House!

The Anchor House team joined by special guest Darryl Rivers, VP Community Relations Manager for Bank of America, celebrate Anchor House’s 46th birthday and commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Anchor House team joined by special guest Darryl Rivers, VP Community Relations Manager for Bank of America, celebrate Anchor House’s 46th birthday and commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

On April 1, Anchor House celebrated our 46th birthday. Do you know the origin story of Anchor House? Did you know that our birthday also occurs during National Child Abuse Prevention Month?

Anchor House was “born” in 1978 thanks to a group of concerned citizens that wanted to help move youth who were experiencing homelessness or were runaways off the streets of Trenton with the ultimate goal of reuniting them with their families whenever possible. As part of this effort, Anchor House opened the doors to our Shelter to youth under 18 that same year, providing them with safety from the streets.

Over the years, many programs have been added to fulfill our mission which is to provide a safe haven where abused, runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and their families are empowered to succeed and thrive.

On our birthday this year, our team gathered to celebrate, and also to kickoff National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an annual observance in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse. The word “abused” is part of our mission as many of our youth have experienced abuse in different forms, often by the people in this world who are supposed to love them the most.

Often, abuse can be an immediate cause of homelessness as many youth turn to Anchor House when they flee their homes to seek safety. Youth are also placed at Anchor House when abuse is discovered at their homes. That is why raising awareness each year about National Child Abuse Prevention Month is so important to all of us at Anchor House.

During the gathering, the team reflected on the work being done through Anchor House and all took a pledge reaffirming our commitment as an agency to prevent child abuse. Joining us that day was special guest Darryl Rivers, VP Community Relations Manager for Bank of America, who presented Kim McNear, our Executive Director, with the 2023 Neighborhood Builders Award. It was a lovely birthday present. Because of funders like Bank of America, Anchor House can continue to serve youth who have faced abuse, homelessness, and other trauma in their young lives.

Thank you to those who have supported us over the last 45 years. One day, we hope that there will be an end to youth homelessness and child abuse. Anchor House will continue to find ways to meet the needs in our community and look forward to reaching our next milestone – 50 – in 2028!

Anchor House wants to continue serving our community for the next 46 years and beyond. Consider a gift of $46 in celebration of our birthday or any amount that will support our program and help our youth and families for years to come.

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