Thanks for making Project Homeless Connect a success

Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thank you. Thank you to all the people who generously gave of their time, talents and treasure to make the first Juneau Homeless Coalition's Project Homeless Connect a success. Thank You.

The outpouring of heartfelt care was appreciated by everyone who attended. It was so nice to hear the "thank you's" directly from homeless people who were able to apply for food stamps, get housing vouchers, job counseling, free haircuts, massages, foot care, free flu shots, free food and clothing, and so much more.

Thank you to the organizers: Allen Hullett from Gastineau Human Services the overall coordinator; Gail Tharpe-Lucero from SEARHC's Front Street Clinic; Scott Ciambor from JEDC Affordable Housing Coordinator; Teri Tibbett, media coordinator, and Rebecca Busch, intake coordinator, from the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; DiAnne Slater with Heartland Alaska, services coordinator; Yvonne Young, volunteer coordinator; Brenda Hewitt, donations coordinator, from United Way of Southeast Alaska; Joanne Wiita from Tlingit Haida Central Council and Tlingit Haida Housing; Stan Marston; Brad Parfitt and Gus Marks from Juneau Youth Services.

Thank you to those who provided services or donations: Alaska Job Center, Department of Health and Social Services; SAIL; Dan Austin and Scot Allen from Saint Vincent de Paul's; Seventh Day Adventist School; Love INC; The Glory Hole; AWARE; Alaska Legal Services; Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; Alaska Housing Development Corporation; JAMHI; Polaris House; NAMI/Juneau; Juneau School District; Department of Public Assistance; 4A's; National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Ala-teen; Veteran Services; UAS, Housing First; Social Security Administration; Juneau Family Health and Birth Center; GCI; Alaska Digitel; Lifeline Phone; Logan Tax Practice; Juneau Economic Development Council; and First Impressions, Custom Cuts and Cuts Online who provided hair cuts.

The Coast Guard Command Master Sean McPhilamy and his dedicated staff, KTOO's Jeff Brown, Master of Mirth; Tom Morrison; Dixie Hood; Jerry Cropley; Alaska Dames and Gents; Kinetictions, SERRC; Debbie's Hair; Zach Gordon Youth Center; SAGA; Housing First; DZ Middle School students; University of Alaska-Southeast; Division of Vocab/Rehabilitation; US Census; Senior Caregiving; Tribal Veterans; Juneau Youth Services; Voter Registration; SE Food Bank; Fireweed Chiropractic; Roger Abernathy, Juneau Family Health and Birth Center; Sacred Forest Healing Arts, Public Health, McDonalds, Heritage Coffee Co., Richard Harris of RH Development, Dr. Don Schneider, Valley Medical Center; Vera Lumbab; Specs in the City; Cindy Britton; and Rena Sims.

You helped 170 people find hope. Thank you for helping to take the hopelessness out of homelessness.

Brenda Hewitt

The Juneau Homeless Coalition


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