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

coveyhouse Awareness

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

coveyhouse Volunteer Stories

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 …

Living room at MACK House

Opening of MACK House

Jessica Bowers Events, Impact Updates

This September, we opened the doors of MACK House (Minors Accessing Care & Kindness), our new housing facility designed to serve the specific needs of minors experiencing homelessness. We talked with Executive Director Alison Kear about this exciting new venture. Q: Alison, we are all thrilled about MACK House and what it means for the youth we serve. Can you explain …

Suicide Prevention at Covenant House Alaska

coveyhouse Awareness, Impact Updates

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 …

Funders and CHA Executive Director Alison Kear standing with shovels at Breaking Ground ceremony

Breaking Ground and Building Bridges for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Jessica Bowers Events, Impact Updates

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 …