During their stay in Alaska the students will work with native Alaskans with disabilities through Hope Community Resources Inc. Students will also visit the National Park in Denali to view the wildlife as well as the mountains. They will travel to Seward to take a cruise into the Kenai Fjords to see more wildlife and various glaciers. The students will also view several cultural museums as well as interact with native Alaskans on the trip.
Hope Community Resources Mission
The mission of Hope Community Resources is to provide services and supports, requested and designated by individuals and families who experience disabilities, resulting in choice, control, family preservation and community inclusion.
Nancy Johnson founded Hope Community in 1967. She only began with a handful of children in foster care and has grown into the largest provider of community services for individuals who experience a developmental disability in Alaska.
Before 1967, Alaska had no in-state services for individuals with disabilities. After Hope was established individuals with disabilities were allowed to stay in Alaska. It wasn't until the 70's and 80's that additional community service organizations were established.
Hope provides residential and living skill opportunities based on each individual's stated preference and desires. Some of hopes residential services include: foster care, shared care, in-home supports, supported living, and assisted living.
Dr. Susan Vallem
Social Work Department Chair
Phone: 352- 8250
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