Southcentral

Grantee Stories

A place for teenagers to go when they don’t have any other place…

On this cold December evening, as a group of citizens in this Anchorage community gather in a little downtown park, I remember a March night in 1983. Three teenagers, Samantha, Kris and I were somewhere in the Tennessee hills, on a Trailways bus, leaving behind chaos and confusion, bad parents, bad friends, bad lives, heading for something, anything better.

Grantee Stories

This small library leaves a large footprint

My first memory is of my mother’s forefinger skimming beneath the words, “Once upon a time, in a faraway land, lived a beautiful princess named Snow White. She had skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony.” In that moment, I fell in love with words, and I have never fallen out of it.

Grantee Stories

Nurturing the creative outpourings of local folk

Enter, with me, the art room at West Homer Elementary School, where Halibut Cove artist Annette Bellamy is slicing up slabs of clay in preparation for a class in “exercises in imagination.”

And here come the kids–twenty-one third-graders, streaming into the room.

Grantee Stories

Alaska’s first MacArthur Genius

If you saw her making a speech at a Native elders potlatch, or arm wrestling some politician for program money, you might figure out Katherine Gottlieb is the CEO of a $100 million health corporation.

But you probably wouldn’t realize right away that she’s responsible for fixing EVERYTHING.

Grantee Stories

It’s really just “The Clinic”

Its official title is “Sunshine Community Health
Center” but it’s really just The Clinic.

It has been around since I was in elementary school. 25
years.

Back then, medical care meant either a drive to
Anchorage or a call to the paramedics.

Grantee Stories

Safe Harbor is all about respect and dignity

The boarded up house on Anchorage’s East Third Avenue was too wretched to imagine people ever living there, people who kept the lawn mowed and put out the trash every week. Walls stripped and weeping moisture, it emitted a rot that burned the nose and turned the stomach.

Grantee Stories

Haven House

Haven House is a very special place here on the South Kenai Peninsula. Many lives are saved in this humble little clapboard building. Many lives are indeed begun anew. From personal experience (hey, all art is personal, right?) I have been impressed by the casual yet passionate way with which Peg Tileman (the former executive director featured here) and staff deal with domestic violence across all walks of life.

Current Events

Honor veterans at Park Strip

If you want to honor Alaska's veterans today, consider this: the renovated Anchorage Veterans Memorial will be rededicated in a ceremony this morning at the Delaney Park Strip. Details on our blog post.

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