Affordable Community Residence Association

Durham NC

2018 Year End Appeal

ACRA Logo 2017

December 18, 2018


Dear Friend of ACRA,

The end of 2018 is approaching and all of us here at ACRA are looking back on this year with gratitude. We are thankful because the work of our staff and volunteers is making a positive impact on our community. This year we provided housing with food support for 22 families at Fitts-Powell, 5 individuals at Blevins, and given emergency shelter to 8 individuals through the Ryan White program. Both of our residential facilities are well-cared for and in fine working order, a fact that is reflected in our excellent 2018 REAC scores from HUD. We are proud to say these well-kept facilities allow our residents to focus on their health, pursue employment, educational opportunities and take advantage of the cultural activities that the Triangle area offers.

We are most grateful for all of our generous supporters who’ve given their money, time, talent and acts of kindness to make all of this possible. Thanks to the AIDS Care teams from St Mark AME Zion Church and First Calvary Baptist Church for their continued financial support of our mission and consistently meeting some of the basic needs of the residents. We are so appreciative for the Thomas Pie Agency that partnered with us this year financially and by volunteering time to physically improve our curb appeal. The Women Who Care literally embodied their name by installing a much-needed pet waste station with timbers, mulch, and dog treats for our 4 furry friends. They also provided an abundance of toiletries and cleaning products for both facilities. The White Rock Baptist Church has monthly supported our food pantry with an abundance of fresh produce and personal care items. We are grateful for the genuine compassion and hands on acts of kindness shown throughout the year. These are a few examples of the generosity of our community partners, which encourages us to sustain our existing programs and develop new ones that address crisis and the need for a permanent solution, as well.

In addition to raising funds to provide affordable housing, a major goal of ACRA is to increase awareness about the connection between housing and health for individuals with HIV and disabilities. This year ACRA staff and volunteers attended a number of community events including St. Mark’s Fellowship with Friends, Pride Durham 2018, and the non-profit fair at Southpoint Mall. Events like these give us an opportunity to tell our story, to advocate for affordable housing, and to build networks of individuals and organizations that support this work. When we meet with individuals in the community, we hear time and again how desperately our housing units are needed. According to the 2018 Point in Time count, Durham has 291 homeless individuals from all age groups and ethnicities. And they all need our help.

How can I help, you ask?

  • You can advocate for affordable housing solutions in your community.
  • You can volunteer your time and talent at Fitts-Powell or Blevins Too. Volunteer Interest Form
  • You can make an in-kind donation of linens, small kitchen appliances, toiletries, or dinner.
  • Amazon Smile will donate to us when you shop
  • And you can support us with a one-time gift today just in time for the 2018 tax season.

Supporting ACRA and its mission to provide affordable housing to individuals with HIV and disabilities is easy. Visit our website to make a secure donation.

On behalf of the ACRA Board of Directors and our staff, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a healthy New Year!

Brenda Ruffin
Brenda Ruffin
Housing Director

Todd Durham
Todd Durham
ACRA Board President

Funding Sources

VolunteerSubstantial portions of our operating funds are provided through grants. Additionally we receive money from the Combined Federal Campaigns, the State Employees Combined Campaign, and the United Way. Rent, Churches, Fundraisers, and our Endowment make up the remainder of our income.


  • Duke University Health System
  • Crape Myrtle Foundation
  • Duke Chapel
  • Sororities at University of North Carolina, Duke, & North Carolina Central University
  • AIDS Walk & Ride

Fitts-Powell Wish List

  • Outdoor grill
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Dog grooming
  • Free landscaping advice
  • Volunteers for landscaping project (late May)

Blevins Wish List

  • Dorm size refrigerators
  • TV's for client rooms
  • Outdoor grill
  • Outdoor furniture