Thank you...

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2000

...for center renovation

From September 1999 through June 2000, the Juneau Senior Center and Nutrition Program was moved to Fireweed Place while the facility in the Mountain View Apartment Annex was being renovated. This took a tremendous amount of work and resources on the part of many people; on behalf of the senior citizens of Juneau I'd like to publicly thank everyone who helped out during this critical time of transition.

First and foremost, Ted Vadman almost singlehandedly handled the entire move of the program over to Fireweed. Senior Citizens Support Services, the operator of Fireweed Place, donated the kitchen and dining room areas with equipment, and the staff was tremendously helpful while we were located there. An enthusiastic ``thank you'' goes to Hugh Grant who donated valuable storage space for all our furniture. Reliable Transfer donated the careful move of the Senior Center's precious piano to and from Northern Light United Church. I also wish to thank the staff of Northern Light for caring for the piano and the seniors who used the facility during the renovation.

Finally, I want to express our appreciation to Amy Hiley and the staff of Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (owner and operator of the Mountain View facility) for their patience and help during the transition. We are so pleased with the lovely renovation of the Juneau Senior Center and look forward to a growing number of senior citizens enjoying it.

Marianne Mills

NTS Regional Coordinator

Southeast Senior Services/CCS

...for painting project

On behalf of the hundreds of women and children who seek safe shelter at our beautiful, yet aging building, AWARE would like to thank those who gave so much recently in a tremendous painting project.

Volunteers from around the world came together as part of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises G.I.V.E. Program, which stands for Get Involved, Volunteer Everywhere. Alfred Sanchez, Kate Tesar and 32 employees from the cruise ships Mercury and Galaxy painted five out of eight bedrooms, two bathrooms, the residents' entryway and a children's play therapy room. The G.I.V.E. Day painting project is in addition to a generous cash donation and matching program from Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises to commence AWARE'S Adopt-a-Room Program. After 15 years of wear and tear we need to replace broken and tattered furniture which has been well-loved and used as women and children have fled the violence in their lives.

This extensive of painting project could not have been completed without hard work from many local volunteers. AWARE would also like to thank volunteers Chris Joy, Kathleen Joy, Kathryn Ryan and AWARE Board Members Linda Cohen, Sally Donaldson and Stacie Kraly, who were instrumental in scrubbing walls, prepping rooms, painting trim and cleaning up. Staff members Annette Coggins, Linda Hoven and Judy Steffel worked above and beyond the call of duty to prepare, paint and restore the shelter to a usable state.

In addition to volunteer efforts, AWARE was grateful to the many in-kind donations and loans that made this project possible. Painting supplies loaned by Gastineau Human Services and Rob Seward, exhaust fans provided by C&C Steamway and Vintage Fare provided a donation toward lunch.

While all around was being painted and a bit chaotic the women and children staying at AWARE deserve a special thank you for their patience and support. AWARE would like to thank the Alaska State Museum, Channel Bowling Alley and Gross Alaska Inc. for providing opportunities for the women and children to have a break while painting was taking place.

It is with such combined efforts that change takes place. We at AWARE are thankful for all that has been given.

Annette Coggins

AWARE Executive Director

and Rene Pisel-Walker

Volunteer Coordinator

P.S. We still have three bedrooms and the kitchen left to paint. We are also looking for groups and individuals who are interested in replacing furniture or helping us maintain a healthy healing environment through regular cleaning and maintenance. Please call 586-6623 if you would like more information or can help with the Adopt-a-Room Program.

...for political help

Thanks, Senator Ted Stevens for your help on my latest request from Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority in Juneau, dated May 15, 2000, requesting your help to cover my porch roof with a roof from the peak of the house to the edge of the porch so ice will not build up and kill or injure people that come to assist my wife who is slowly dying, or me crippled for life.

Thanks for your letter to Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing. Also, to the City of Haines, who cares about their Personnel Ambulance Crews, nurses and firemen, who in the years of 1998 and 1999 winters have put their lives on the line several times; also, the health care workers who are not covered by insurance and have said in those years past would have not come to help me with my house chores.

Leo A. Land

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