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Community, compassion, hope

Posted: February 17, 2013 - 1:09am

The Juneau Homeless Coalition would like to thank the community of Juneau for their outpouring of support, collaboration, and compassion witnessed at the fourth Annual Project Homeless Connect / Point-in-Time Count. Thank you to all the planning partners, volunteers and health care and service providers who generously took time out of their busy schedules to offer their skills and make this event a success.

More than 100 providers and volunteers served more than 200 participants, marking the largest Project Homeless Connect event in Juneau. Providers offered tangible, direct services and assisted with everything from haircuts, rental assistance and birth certificates, to immunizations and medical and dental consultations. Volunteers took surveys and guided participants to the services they needed — lending a friendly hand or an open ear.

Thank you to the dedicated planning committee, who helped organize many months in advance: Vicki Wilcox from Juneau Public Health Center, Volunteer Coordinator; Ellen Moore and Catharine Boice from Juneau Public Health Center, Health Care Provider Coordinators; Shari Partin from Alaska Housing Development Corporation, Service Provider Coordinator; Allen Hullet from Gastineau Human Services, Venue and Logistics Coordinator; Mariya Lovischuk from The Glory Hole, Food Coordinator; Jorden Nigro from SAIL, Haircuts and Massage Coordinator; Scott Ciambor from Alaska Mental Health Board Advisory, Data and Intake Coordinator; Kiel Renick from the Glory Hole, Publicity Coordinator; and Wayne Stevens from United Way of Southeast Alaska, Donations Coordinator.

Thank you to those who provided services: Alaska Housing Development Corporation; St. Vincent De Paul; Gastineau Human Services; Sleepy Spruce Apartments; Coho/Chinook Apartments; Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority; The Glory Hole; Juneau Youth Services; Juneau School District; Association for the Education of Young Children; SERRC/The Learning Connection; Tlingit & Haida Vocational Rehabilitation/TANF Program; Department of Labor / Juneau Job Center; Permanent Fund Division; Division of Public Assistance; Social Security Administration; Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc; Polaris House; NAMI Juneau; AWARE; SAIL; Gastineau Humane Society; Catholic Community Services: Family Programs, Hospice and Homecare, Senior Programs, and Care-A-Van; Violent Crimes Compensation Board; Alaska Legal Services; Office of Vital Statistics; United Way of Southeast Alaska; Love INC; State of Alaska, Public Health Nursing; CBJ Wellness Program; DHSS Department of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion; Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Division of Community Health Services; SEARHC and State of Alaska “I Quit” Program; National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence; Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association; Jenna O’Fontanella, LMT; Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest; Alcoholics Anonymous; Alaska Injury Prevention Program; Juneau Public Health Center; Bartlett Regional Hospital: Mobile Mammography Program, Rainforest Recovery Center & Mental Health Unit; Bob Chatfield, RN; Linda Travis, RN; Front Street Clinic; Dee Sizler, SC; Dr. Russ Bowman; First Impressions Hair Salon; Studio Fix by Norene; Mike and Ella from Glacier Restaurant and Lounge; and Judith Muller, ANTHC.

Thank you to those who supported, volunteered and donated: Chris Urata and members of the Certified Nursing Assistant Program: Amanda, Eamon, Elena, Macrina, Kim, Emily, Annissa and Carrie; Cori Austin; Ashton Qinlan; Tara Shea; Carl Dierking; Teresa Young; Maggie Hinkley; Jennifer Thorne; Margaret O’Neal; Rebecca Parks; Ariel Lyon; Stephanie Hinkle; Charles and Paula Rohrbacher; Juanita Harris; Myrna Foster; Latarsha McQueen; Zane Jones; David Boyle; Blake Rider; Jess Dean; Alexis Cropley; Cheryl Buchhorn; Joy Baker; Yvette Newman; William Brown; Rachael Byrd; Jane Ginter; Penn Lamb; Carrie Goodbrake; Heidi; Maureen Brown; Laura Sheldon; Myrna Brown, Jacqueline Johnson; Laura Lucas, Forrest Wilcox, Tamiko Duncan; Catharine Hatch, Michael Pettigrew; Steve Harrison; Susan Eisler; Larry Brown; Ruth Danner; Corrine Conlon; Chris Fredell; Pat Sidemore; Eve Schroeder and SAGA; Ida Barnack; Jackie Triplette; TMHS Interact Club; Gifts & Graphics for donating volunteer t-shirts; Kristie West and Zach Gordon Youth Center; Anna Hoke from Southeast Alaska Living Magazine for photographing the event; Alaska Dames & Gents; Bartlett Regional Hospital; Dr. Ann Standerwick; Juneau Empire; Capital City Weekly; KTOO; ABC Stations and Sharon Gaiptman; Juneau Economic Development Council and members of the Juneau Homeless Coalition.

A special thanks to the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation for their generous sponsorship and continued support.

We live in a supportive and compassionate community. Thank you for helping 200 people experiencing homelessness find hope.

Jessy Post, Juneau Homeless Coalition

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