Have you taken a drive through our Anchorage community lately? Whether you live here in Anchorage, or just stop by for a visit, one thing has become abundantly clear: We have a catastrophic issue on our hands! The rate of homelessness and recidivism in Anchorage is rising at an appalling rate. This is not an issue that will just resolve itself in time. This is a crisis that requires all hands on deck. Anchorage, and all of Alaska, is such a wonderful and unique place to live. People that travel here are continually amazed at what a community mindset Alaskans possess. We know that taking care of our own is what makes this state and its citizens thrive and continue to be successful. Never has there been a more necessary use for this belief system that we all share. So how do we help our people now? Those you see every day on the sidewalk with no food or job or home to live in? There is a solution, and it’s called Alaska WorkSource. What does Alaska WorkSource do? We are a local non-profit organization designed to transition clients through a recovery process and help propel them into a successful future! We take clients that are homeless, chronic inebriates, ex-offenders, and veterans. We’ve recently acquired a 13,000sqft building that we’re currently renovating to become a fully functional vocational and behavioral training center! Pretty exciting right? At our facility, our clients will have access to a wonderful substance abuse recovery program, vocational training (such as construction, culinary arts, and web design/marketing), and all the professional and behavioral skill sets necessary for success. What happens after the training? We have that covered too! After our clients complete their training and are work ready, we assist in job placement with employers all over the community. We also offer individualized support after they’ve graduated the program and are out in the workforce. A lack of support can lead to an unsuccessful individual, and it is our belief that each individual’s success is ours as well. Now is the time we need the people within our community to join us in this mission. To date, the founders of Alaska WorkSource have funded the entire organization out of pocket. That’s how much they, and all of us here at AWS, believe in this program and what it represents. If you believe our community is worth saving and would like to be a part of this amazing journey with us, please let us know! This GoFundMe has been set up for those who would like to donate what they can. You can also visit our website at www.alaskaworksource.org and click on the “How Can I Help” link for many other ways to reach out and support the program. We look forward to working with all of you in this passage back to hope! Thank you for your support!!