Covenant House Leaders from U.S., Canada and Latin America Gather in Anchorage for Annual Meeting on Homelessness
Anchorage, Alaska (March 7, 2016) — Fifty leaders from across the Americas who are on the front lines of homelessness will gather in Anchorage this week to address issues revolving around homeless and at-risk youth, and the growing epidemic of sexually exploited and trafficked children. They will also be taking a closer look at the innovative solutions that Covenant House Alaska (CHA) is using to tackle youth homelessness in Anchorage.
“It’s about how we’re thinking out-of-the-box,” said Alison Kear, Executive Director of Covenant House Alaska in Anchorage, which is hosting the three-day conference of Covenant House International leaders March 7-9. “It’s about partnership and collaboration, and finding solutions together within communities.”
Architects from Covenant House International are extending their Alaska trip to meet with the CHA design team on March 10, as they move forward on plans to build new facilities in New York and Chicago, Kear added. The news media is invited to the meeting from 9:30-11am at the CHA building, 755 A Street in downtown Anchorage.
The CHA team will highlight how collaboration onsite with other services such as NineStar, Volunteers of America, and Southcentral Foundation is leading to better outcomes for Alaska’s homeless youth.
“We’ve brought several different organizations with different missions into our building to wrap services around our youth,” Kear said of CHA’s two-year-old facility. “Before the new building, we couldn’t take kids with mental health issues. Now we can. The result is a tighter safety net, so fewer kids fall through the cracks.”
Covenant House Alaska was chosen from among 27 other cities to host the annual conference. This is the first time CHA has hosted the Covenant House International conference since its doors opened in 1988.
Keynote speakers include Kevin Ryan, President of Covenant House International; Calvin Shivers, head of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Section; and Rachel Jacobsen, FBI’s Victim Assistance Program Specialist.