Hope executive director shares more of the story

It is a genuine pleasure to see the Peninsula Clarion running stories about Hope Community Resources and our activities on the Kenai Peninsula (August 11, September 10). Hope has provided services throughout Alaska for 45 years and today over 1,400 individuals (children, adolescents and adults) and their families receive community supports through nine regional offices.

In 2004, Hope opened an office on the Kenai Peninsula with six individuals and families. Hope currently supports over 150 people in eight areas in this region.

Recently, we celebrated a ground breaking for the new Kenai Community Center that the Peninsula Clarion covered (September 10). The coverage shared some, but not all of the highlights from the event.

Senator Peter A. Micciche and Mayor Mike Navarre’s presence at the event and commitment to the project was inspiring and not completely captured in the article. The Senator vowed that he would partner to help raise the community portion of the project before the next Legislative session in January. This is a significant commitment on the part of the Senator and we are extremely grateful for his offer of assistance. It will enable Hope to build the new 4,500 square foot center in a timely and cost effective manner allowing us to focus on the individuals in the community who choose our supports.

Additionally, Mayor Navarre committed a cash donation from his business.

It was inspiring to see the community coming together in so many different ways to support a project of significance that will positively impact the lives of individuals and families experiencing disabilities.

So thank you for your continued coverage of an important topic for all Alaskans. I appreciate your interest in highlighting the many newsworthy items that occur in this area.