OUR HISTORY

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  • The history of Almost Home:

    • Prior to the creation of Almost Home, the only shelter in this area was in the basement of the St. Augustine Catholic Church

    • 1988: St. Augustine Catholic Church closed down the shelter program when new leadership came on board and left the community with no shelter of any kind for the next five years

    • 1992: Identifying that there was still a significant need for shelter, a committee led by Joe Gomez, Dr. Stephen Cardos and other concerned community members began to explore the possibility of opening a new shelter

    • 1993: Almost Home Inc., was officially formed as a nonprofit corporation

    • 1994: St. Augustine Episcopal Church provided a small home next to their church as the first Almost Home shelter

    • 1998: Almost Home received an anonymous donation of $200,000 with which they used to sustain operations and secure a larger shelter located at 6th & Bridge St

    • 1999: Shelter is opened at the current location with bedrooms upstairs and Almost Home staff offices on the main level

    • 2002: Hughes Station Apartments / Community Room / Almost Home offices created

    • 2021: Almost Home offices moved to our current location

    • 2023: Almost Home will celebrate 30 years of providing assistance to those in our communities that find themselves facing homelessness and housing instability