Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Rotary exchange program

The Rotary clubs of Juneau and Southeast Alaska are inviting young business and professional men and women from Alaska and the Yukon to apply for the Rotary International Group Study Exchange (GSE) to Australia and Papua New Guinea from March 1 to March 29, 2004.

This exchange is a unique educational experience that furthers international understanding through organized travel and personal contact. The program provides travel grants for teams of young professionals to study and observe other countries' institutions, vocations and ways of life.

Applications and additional information may be obtained from the Juneau Rotary Club or Southeast Rotary Representative Chuck Kaltenbach, at 463-3747.

Vocational fall session

SERRC's Alaska Vocational Institute fall session will start August 27. The 20-week course will teach participants all the computer basics and other skills needed (including job search techniques and placement assistance) to succeed in today's business market. Funding assistance is available. For more details call 586-5718.

Senior assistance

Applications are now available for the Alaska Senior Assistance Program. The program will provide $120 a month to eligible seniors between September and June to help ease the transition from the defunct Longevity Bonus Program. The applications are available at senior centers, libraries, Division of Public Assistance offices and on the department's web site. It will also be in the August edition of the Senior Voice published by the Older Persons Action Group.

An application can be made throughout the life of the program and it only needs to be done once by mailing a completed form.

Applicants must be 65 or older with an annual income of up to $15,134 and liquid assets of up to $4,000. If living with a spouse, applicants may have a combined income of up to $20,439 and assets of up to $6,000. Permanent Fund Dividends are not counted.

Seniors invited to lunch

Senior citizens throughout Juneau are invited to a hot, complete lunch each Wednesday and Friday at the Valley Senior Center. The Valley Senior Center is at 9095 Atlin Drive, next to St. Paul's Catholic Church on the corner of Mendenhall Loop Road and Atlin, close to the Mendenhall Mall. Seniors are asked to make reservations by calling 463-6196 the day before so that enough food will be prepared for everyone.

The Valley Senior Center is a lovely A-frame cottage built specifically for senior citizens to enjoy. It is a friendly place where people over 60 can come to participate in a variety of activities, hold meetings, and eat a hot, nutritious lunch while socializing with others. The meals are available Wednesday and Friday at noon. Activities for seniors can be enjoyed any weekday, depending on when people want to meet there.

Persons who have never been to the Valley Senior Center are encouraged to stop by and visit. Everyone over the age of 60 is welcome. For further information, a monthly menu or schedule of activities, contact Marianne Mills at 463-6154.

Suicide prevention

The U.S. Coast Guard is offering free suicide intervention training for community caregivers 8:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 11 and 12, at the Vocational Training and Resource Center. The two-day workshop is used to improve caregivers' abilities to intervene until either the immediate danger of suicide is reduced or additional assistance or resources can be accessed. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to explore their attitudes and experiences around the issue of suicide.

To register, call Corinne Precourt, U.S. Coast Guard Employee Assistance Program Coordinator in Juneau, 463-2127. The registration deadline is Aug. 8, 2003.

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