100+ Women Who Care
100+ Women Who Care have given their support and recognition to Polaris House. This honor is given to acknowledge the contributions Polaris House provides to the Juneau community. With this recognition a monetary donation of $22,750.00 was awarded to Polaris House.
Polaris House will be able to close a funding gap that had the potential to reduce services to the community. These services are delivered to adults ages 18 and older who are living with a mental illness diagnosis. The total number of persons who have formally accessed supports is over 400. We do provide referrals and supports to persons not formally enrolled in services.
Our service array includes housing, employment, education and any other advocacy or support needed to maintain independence in the community. Our services have shown a reduction in the use of local emergency room services, inpatient psychiatric admissions and an overall reduction of law enforcement encounters.
We are truly grateful for this support. We will continue to move onward and upward.
Bruce Van Dusen,
Executive Director of Polaris House Inc.
Our event was a success
Cancer Connection’s Annual Community Health Forum was held virtuall on Nov. 7. It featured Kikkan Randall, Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor, who presented “It’s Going to be OK: Facing Fear and Uncertainty.”
This inspirational and educational event was a great success, despite the challenges of COVID-19 concerns, thanks to our sponsors: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Southeast Radiation Oncology Center, web wizard Corey Murphy, and the event planning committee: coordinator-Emily Ricci, Ruth Johnson, Kari Natwick, Jess Brown, and Julie DeLong. We also thank our steadfast exhibitors/supporters, past and future, that supply pertinent health resources to the community: AARP, Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska, AWARE, Cooperative Extension, Foundation for End of Life Care, Healing Touch Alaska, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, Juneau LEPC, Juneau Public Library, Let Every Woman Know, Mendenhall Flying Lions Club, Planned Parenthood, SAIL, SEARHC, Shambala Center, Southeast Senior Services, Team Survivor Perseverance, and United Way of Southeast Alaska.
Cancer Connection Office Manager