Suicide Prevention at Covenant House Alaska

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9/10/21 By Sam Buisman – Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer Today marks the 19th annual World Suicide Prevention Day, and we at Covenant House Alaska want to honor this day with an honest discussion on the scale of this problem and reflection on the work we do to abate it. Suicide prevention is integrated into our day-to-day operations at Covenant …

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Breaking Ground and Building Bridges for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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In June, Covenant House Alaska broke ground on its historic and innovative plan to build 22 micro-unit apartments for youth experiencing homelessness. We sat down with Executive Director, Alison Kear, to learn more.  Q: Alison, what an incredible time to be a supporter of Covenant House Alaska. We just broke ground on 22 micro-unit apartments on this very footprint on …

Employee Spotlight: Longtime Chief Operating Officer Takes Position with Covenant House International

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Meet Carlette Mack. Although, if you’ve interacted with Covenant House Alaska in the last 25 years you likely already know and love her. After receiving both her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Alaska Pacific University, Carlette started at Covenant House Alaska as an intern. At the time, her mother Mildred (whom Carlette affectionately calls MammaMack) was a case manager here at Covey. Carlette says, “I have always thought it was a …

Mary Jane Fate, Mother to Many, 1933-2020

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Our state recently said goodbye to a beloved pioneer and luminary, Mary Jane Fate. She was an Athabascan elder, Alaskan trailblazer, and mother to our own Covenant House Alaska board member, Julie Fate Sullivan. She passed away peacefully with her husband of 65 years, Bud, by her side on April 10th. She was 86. Mary Jane was born in Rampart, …

COVID-19 Update from Covenant House Alaska

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At Covenant House Alaska, our commitment to our mission is only increased during uncertain times such as these. Here are a few things to keep in mind about the unique risks that youth experiencing homelessness are facing right now: -Every young person who walks through our doors, simply by nature of needing to be here, has already experienced trauma. Uncertainty …

A Letter from our Executive Director, Alison Kear

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To our Covenant House Alaska family, donors, and supporters, We are thinking of you and your loved ones, and all who have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and the still-unfolding ramifications our communities are facing in response. Like other agencies around the country, Covenant House Alaska is taking steps to help prevent the spread of the virus while doing …

Proof That Anything Is Possible—Meet Our Friend, Chuol

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Our Grant and Communications Writer got a chance to go visit Chuol, one of our program graduates, at his newly purchased house and to help tell his story. I’d heard a lot about Chuol from my co-workers here at Covenant House Alaska before I ever met him—the ones who’ve known him since he first enrolled in our Rights of Passage …

An End in Sight: Covenant House Alaska’s Trafficking Victim Assistance & Prevention Plan

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Sex trafficking is an all too common and prevalent problem that takes place every day in our communities. Every day at Covenant House Alaska, we are encountering young people who have either become a victim of trafficking crimes, or they have at least come into contact with people who are, or have been, involved in trafficking. “Human trafficking is undoubtedly …

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Finding the Present with David Westlake

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Meditation practice at Covenant House Alaska, led by yoga and meditation instructor David Westlake, helps our direct care staff to stay centered in the moments when it matters most. David Westlake, co-owner & co-founder of Turiyah Yoga, has made a huge impact on Covenant House Alaska (CHA) and the Anchorage community. Turiyah provides services to people who are incarcerated, and …