Bridge to Success
When the Youth Engagement Center was built in 2013, it really transformed the space from just basic shelter services to a space where our community partners could provide all the other services young adults need to become healthy and stable. This includes healthcare, counseling, a high school classroom, job internships, case management, enrichment programs – to name a few. But even then, we knew we would eventually need to evolve our model of care even further to bridge the gap between shelter and long-term stable housing.
Through the Bridge to Success project, Covenant House Alaska, in a partnership with Cook Inlet Housing Authority, is building 22 new on-site “micro-unit” apartments to serve young adults ages 18 to 24. This allows a young person to move seamlessly from shelter, to apartment living. They supportively gain independence, and ultimately cross that bridge toward securing their own permanent housing – successfully launching them into adulthood.
“Innovation comes when you have the time, space and mental capacity to look at your organization and think, ‘how can we be different?’ Because of the support from our community, we have been able to ask that question instead of, ‘how do we keep the lights on?’
Now, we find ourselves standing on a metaphorical bridge that we built together – ready to watch some of the most incredible transformations to ever happen. Not only to individuals, but to our Alaska community as a whole. It’s exciting and I’m humbled to share this moment in history with everyone who has believed in us.” - Alison Kear