Covenant House Alaska Newsletter - Summer 2016

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Letter from the Executive Director

“We as a community need to take a stand” -- It’s 6am on the streets of Anchorage and already, downtown is teeming with activity, some of it not so pleasant.  Our outreach team happens upon four teenage girls who had recently arrived from rural Alaska – huddled together and penniless, hungry, scared and with no place to stay. Read more


Teenage Single Mom Builds a New Life with Support From Passage House

Emelina Haring-Furment was only 16-years-old when she arrived at Covenant House Alaska two years ago on a cold autumn day.  She was alone, scared – and had just given birth to a baby girl. Read more


Working Together to End Homelessness

Covenant House Alaska was at the table during roundtable discussions on youth homelessness in June with Deputy Assistant Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramirez of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  We are all working together to end homelessness in Alaska!


Covenant House “Sleep Out” Recognized as Top Charity Event in Alaska

None of us can truly understand the desperation, cold and hunger that homeless youth endure on the streets, especially during Alaska’s brutal winters. Read more


Airman Finds Joy in Volunteering

by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez
JBER Public Affairs

Candles, held by teens and adults alike, glowed at the Covenant House Alaska's vigil in downtown Anchorage. Air Force Maj. Craig McDowell surveyed the crowd and noticed a teenage girl nearby. Read more


Calling All Volunteers!

Are you looking for a rewarding way to give back to the community?  We are searching for volunteers to offer their time and talent to help guide and instruct our Covey youth in the following fun activities... Read more


CHA Expands Its Transitional Living Program for Homeless Youth

The biggest population feeder into Covenant House Alaska is older kids that have been touched by the foster care system, those that have aged out of foster care by age 18. Read More


Covenant House Alaska Youth Go To Fishcamp!

In June, a group of our Covey youth had the opportunity to learn the time-honored Alaska Native way of smoking salmon. Staff from our partner, Southcentral Foundation (SCF), brought them to a traditional Kenaitze fishcamp and then later dipnetting on the Kenai River. The youth worked hard -- they learned how to cut, brine and smoke salmon and then shared it with the other young residents and staff.  Thank you to SCF’s Maesha Champion-Read for heading up the fishcamp project.


Critical Education Award Will Help More Covey Youth Get Their High School Diplomas

Nearly 70 percent of our at-risk youth come to Covenant House Alaska without a high school diploma.  These young people – many of whom grew up in failed systems like foster care and the juvenile justice system -- often face some of the greatest challenges to success in adulthood. Read more


29th Annual Don Fridley Memorial Golf Tournament

Congratulations to ConocoPhillips for taking first place in our 29th Annual Don Fridley Memorial Golf Tournament in June! We had a great time with sunny weather, tasty food, and friendly competition. A huge thank you to all of our teams and hole sponsors this year – we couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks to your support, Covenant House will continue to operate 24/7, providing street outreach, nutrition, shelter – and most importantly, love and guidance to the homeless youth of Alaska.


Don’t forget to re-enroll your Fred Meyer rewards card to Covenant House Alaska! Everytime you shop for groceries, you help save a young life.

Please go to www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards

WISHLIST

  • Black dress pants: For both men and women, in all sizes. Most youth’s jobs  require black pants, and we're running low!
  • General men’s clothing (sizes small, medium, and large): Including men’s boxers and jeans (size 28-36 waist).
  • Personal care products: Sunscreen, chapstick, travel sized deodorant, bath towels, travel sized body spray, clear water bottles, combs, hairbrushes, feminine hygiene products, women’s small/medium underwear and bras, women’s one-piece bathing suits (size small/medium).
  • Household items:  For the residents of Mary’s Place, our new transitional living home for young mothers and their precious children.  For a list of items, please go to Target: http://tinyurl.com/jktvt3x 
    Walmart: http://tinyurl.com/hto3lqb.
  • Miscellaneous: Headphones, phone chargers, backpacks, belts (male and female).

Donations can be dropped off 24/7 at our front desk located at 755 A St. Thank you so much for caring! Any donation is a godsend to our kids!