When planning its annual “Homeless Connect” event, the Anchorage Coalition on Homelessness put out a call for a donation of 700 scarves to give out at its outreach event. “Homeless Connect” takes place Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Egan Center and will offer a range of services to help homeless people move toward a more stable life.
The Anchorage Coalition on Homelessness asked for Hiland Mountain Correctional Center’s help with making and donating scarfs. Hiland Mountain Correctional Center had several prisoners volunteer their time and effort during the months of December and January. The inmate volunteers met their goal and then some, delivering 801 scarves to the coalition for its Wednesday event.
Homeless Connect offers people the opportunity to have their vision checked, apply for subsidized housing, get an Identification card, receive warm clothing, and much more.
The Rotary Club of Nome teamed up with the Native Cultural Awareness Group (NCAG), an inmate organization at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center, to bake and deliver 120 loafs of fresh homemade bread to Savoogna during the Saint Lawrence Island community’s devastating power outage that struck the village in late December. While the Rotary Club contributed the cost of the raw ingredients and help with delivery logistics, the inmate club contributed three volunteer inmate bakers who diligently worked the entire night to produce the bread. A local air-carrier flew all the bread out to the village the following morning while the power was still out – free of charge. The bread played an essential role in ensuring everyone had enough food to eat and the reports received back from the Mayor of Savoonga signified that the delicious fresh bread helped raise spirits, in a big way. Correctional Officer II Sine’ Holly of AMCC spearheaded this project and played a critical role in its overwhelming success.
Palmer Correctional Center has donated 20 dog houses to the Mat-Su Animal Shelter. The donation is in response to an urgent request for assistance after receiving 150 dogs into their care in a single occasion. Inmates at PCC Medium and PCC Minimum paid for materials through club sales and volunteered their time and labor to construct the doghouses, which were delivered last weekend. Correctional Officer Harry Moore and Sgt. Steinriede supervised the project.
For the past few years PCC has supported the Mat Su Animal Shelter by providing prisoner volunteer workers to assist once a week. That has been increased to twice a week, when staff is available to supervise, while the shelter works through its sudden increase in capacity.
Sgt. James Milburn and CO II Valerie Hudson have been named Wildwood Correctional Center’s Employees of the Year. Sgt. Milburn is an eleven year veteran of the Department. He is currently a Shift Supervisor at the sentenced facility. He has exemplified the Departments mission and works very hard to promote staff involvement in public service endeavors. He most recently was the team captain for the Relay for Life event held in Soldotna in the spring. He is hard working and a positive role model for other staff members. CO II Valerie Hudson, time-accounting officer at the pretrial facility, is an almost 15-year DOC veteran. She is a time accounting officer at the pre-trial facility. She has been instrumental in training the staff in use of the new ACOMS system. “She is the “go to” person when questions arise in any area of the facility,” said Superintendent Bob Hibpshman. “She is truly a gem.”
The occasion was January 11, 2011 — 1-11-11, a set of numbers which will not occur again until the next century. Commissioner Joe Schmidt and Deputy Commissioner were in Juneau, and stopped at the Juneau Central Office to meet new staff and share in the turkey and ham.
With the 27th Alaska Legislature just a few weeks from beginning its work in Juneau, DOC Commissioner Joe Schmidt and Admin Services Director Leslie Houston hosted a tour of the construction site. Joining the tour were Rep. Lindsey Holmes and staff members for Senators Linda Menard and Charlie Huggins. Since that date the Commissioner and Director have focused on preparations for budget hearings and other committee appearances at the Alaska State Capital.