Volunteer Spotlight: Nate Ward

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By Angela Weiland The Music Room  For Covenant House youth, having volunteers that consistently show up is immensely important, regardless of the skill or activity at hand. As a volunteer in the music room, Nate can attest to this fact! Each week, without fail, Nate shows up to the music room in order to provide a relaxing experience for youth to …

Volunteer Spotlight: Grace Blouin

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Aug. 12, 2022 By Sam Buisman – Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer Most people are excellent at a few things or can do well at a lot of things. However, Grace Blouin is not like most people, with seemingly no limit to her excellence. For years upon years, Grace has served at Covenant House Alaska with an unmatched enthusiasm for …

Volunteer Spotlight: Theresa Rodgers

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By M. Main – Covenant House Volunteer Blogger Theresa Rodgers is a long-standing volunteer who has been with Covenant House Alaska since they opened their doors.  Originally from the Northeast United States and currently a nurse with the Alaska Native Medical Center, Theresa moved to Alaska on a two-year work contract in 1986 and never left. Upon arrival, she quickly …

Volunteer Spotlight: Andrew Dahlin

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July 11, 2022 By Sam Buisman, Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer It’s well known that seven is a lucky number, and we at Covenant House Alaska feel both lucky and humbled to have had Andrew Dahlin as a volunteer for the past seven years! As a volunteer for five years and a mentor for the past two, Andrew has given …

What is person-first language, and why do we use it at Covey?

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May 27, 2022 By Sam Buisman – Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer Eagle-eyed readers of our blog and social media pages may have noticed that we use the phrase “youth experiencing homelessness” rather than “homeless youth” — what’s up with that? When reading or hearing “youth experiencing homelessness,” it sounds clunky and awkward compared to the sleeker “homeless youth.” It …

Volunteer Spotlight: Heidi and Mike Valantas

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May 20, 2022 By Sam Buisman – Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer One of the greatest perks of Covenant House Alaska is getting to see exceptional people rise up to do exceptional things. But when the husband-and-wife duo Heidi and Mike Valantas come in to volunteer, we get to see not just one, but two of such people! While Heidi …

Volunteer Spotlight Hayley Chronkhite

Volunteer Spotlight: Hayley Cronkhite

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Apr. 20, 2022 By Sam Buisman – Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer With this month’s Volunteer Spotlight falling within National Volunteer Week, we want to celebrate our volunteer Hayley Cronkhite, who was Covenant House Alaska’s honoree at Anchorage’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.  For over two years, Hayley has opened up the Art Room at our Youth Engagement Center for our youth …

Volunteer Spotlight: Activities with Amelia

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Mar. 24, 2022 By Sam Buisman – Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer Our volunteers breathe joy into Covenant House Alaska, and no one exemplifies this better than Amelia Jeffries, whose weekly activity series remains highly anticipated and thoroughly loved by our youth.  After Amelia moved from Australia and began volunteering at Covenant House Alaska, her weekly “Activities with Amelia” has …

Volunteer Spotlight: Tanna’s Career Journey

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Feb. 24, 2022 By Sam Buisman – Covenant House Alaska Staff Writer Covenant House Alaska is an organization designed to uplift everyone under its roof. This is why many members of our team, like Tanna Lee, have risen from volunteering to working at Covey through our career opportunities.  After volunteering to give back to a nonprofit that once came to …

CEO Alison Kear’s 25 Years at Covenant House Alaska

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Feb. 5, 2022 Our fearless leader has been at Covenant House Alaska for 25 years! To celebrate, we sat down with Alison to talk about her incredible career, and what the future holds for CHA. We invite you to keep reading for a deeper dive into her accomplishments and stories on how the community has rallied around CHA over the …