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Hope Community Resources Celebrates 50thAnniversary
October 28, 2018—Hope Community Resources will be celebrating their 50thanniversary on October 28thof 2018. Established in 1968, Hope has been providing services and support to people who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and complex medical conditions in Alaska. From its inception the organization has been generously supported by community members and business who have shared the mission and vision, resulting in 50 years of supporting Alaskans experiencing disabilities to be active participants in communities across Alaska.
“We owe our success and longevity to our partners and donors, which include individuals and businesses in Alaska, as well as our dedicated board of directors and staff. Without you, we would not have reached this monumental milestone—50 years of supporting Alaskans and ensuring we are all thriving members of the community. We look forward to the next 50 years.”—HCR Leadership
Nancy Stuart Johnson founded Hope Cottage, in 1968, only one year after moving to Fairbanks, Alaska from Florida. The Tanana and Chena Rivers flooded just weeks upon her arrival. This did not stop Nancy’s compassionate spirit, so she went around town helping take care of children whose parents were busy fighting the flood. This is when she recognized that some children required extra care compared to others.
Nancy went on to foster a child with developmental disabilities, which was the birthing moment of Hope Cottage. A year after the floods occurred she moved to Anchorage where she began caring for fourteen foster children, all of who experienced some kind of disability. On October 28, 1968, Nancy formally incorporated her new organization under the name of Hope Cottage. It has since then transformed exceptionally and has become what it is known as today, Hope Community Resources.
Hope Community Resources will be kicking off their 50thanniversary on October 6 at their Fall Flannel Formal. The community is invited to help us celebrate this momentous occasion by attending the Fall Flannel Formal. Tickets can be purchased at www.hopealaska.org.
Hope Community Resources offers a wide range of services in Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, Dillingham, Kodiak, Seward, Barrow, and the Kenai Peninsula.
They continue to expand as Alaska works towards eliminating the wait list for services. Visithttps://www.hopealaska.org/for more information.
Celebrating National Nurses Week
Alaska, May 9, 2018—As this is National Nurses Week, please assist me (Executive Director, Roy Scheller) in recognizing the amazing Hope nurses who not only support a wide variety of those receiving supports but also are part of how I have managed to keep my own presence here in the agency. Each of our nurses have regular assigned roles and responsibilities as well as the willingness to visit people in the hospital, attend funerals, provide hospice supports, assist someone with their diagnosis or medications, and intervene when someone’s health requires it. Additionally, I have observed our nurses supporting our coworkers with medical advice, verbal supports, understanding family member’s medical challenges, and even doing blood pressure checks on CEO’s! At times they have packed a bag and flown to the more remote areas of Alaska in order to administer health supports to those in need.
As we support many people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, accidents and illnesses do occur. It is at these times when they have shared their gift of professionalism, order, and calmness. It would be impossible for me to recall all the times in the past 40 years when I was able to sleep at night as a result of a nurse’s report or advice; the quality and extensiveness of their medical records; or their ability to inform regulatory bodies of the medical necessity of Hope’s actions. In all of these moments, I do not ever remember seeing a nurse who was not cool and calm; thereby keeping the rest of us cool and calm.
When you see one of our nurses please thank them for their service and support to all of us at Hope. There has always been a team of nurses at Hope and always will be. They are one of our corner stones in the provision of care and supports to the vulnerable children and adults of Alaska. I wish all of our nurses a very happy National Nurses Week!
Kenai Intentional Neighborhood Update
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska—The Kenai Intentional Neighborhood, which broke ground in August of 2016, is close to becoming a reality for the families who have held onto this dream for many years.
We are truly grateful to the Reitman Family Trust and The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority for their generous funding towards phase one of this project, the site preparation, which was completed in August of this year. Thanks to financing from Alaska Housing and Finance Corporation, phase two, the construction of the homes, has begun and will continue into the New Year. Eleven of the 12 individuals who will be living in this community have been identified and are readying themselves for the move to their new homes this coming spring. They are extremely excited about their new homes and neighborhood.
An intentional neighborhood creates opportunity for a greater sense of continuity and security for parents. Joining together with other parents or individuals with like interests and the understanding of the challenges associated with living with a disability creates a neighborhood culture of care and support.
“You cannot imagine how relieved we feel watching the walls go up! Kara will have a permanent place to call her own, in a neighborhood that offers her the out-of-doors and recreational lifestyle that will bring joy. We are so grateful for the support we’ve received in helping us build a neighborhood full of meaning and opportunities! I wish everyone could see the smile on Kara’s face when she says ‘my house.’ Thank you for that!”— Mark and Kathy Fitzgerald
“It's hard to believe that moving into our beautiful neighborhood is just around the corner. After many years of working, planning, struggling and lots of help, we are finally there. It often felt like this day would never come. I'll never forget how thrilling and how excited we all were when the groundbreaking happened. Watching those lots get cleared, the roads go in and the pads being built up made it all very real. Without your help, I know that we wouldn't be where we are today. I believe we are looking at a new way to provide services to our most vulnerable adults. Thanks to you and your generosity, you are a part of a positive change for our state. We are so grateful for all the opportunities this community is providing for our loved ones. Thank you so much for believing in us and our vision.” — The Hamilton Family
Phase three, the construction of a community gathering place and outbuilding, landscaping and road paving will begin in the spring of 2018. We are very excited to announce that the Rasmuson Foundation has just awarded Hope $330,000 towards this phase of the project! We continue to be extremely grateful for their ongoing support of our capital projects.
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