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The R.E.C. Room

Location:

3957 Nielsen Circle (off Ben Walters Lane, next door to the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic).

Contact:

235-3436
recroom@kbfpc.org

http://HomerRECRoom.org

Hours:

Open Monday – Friday from 3pm – 6pm

What is It?

The R.E.C Room (a Youth Resource & Enrichment Co-op) offers teens ages 12-18 a safe and welcoming environment to socialize with friends after school and get connected with positive activities and education opportunities for youth. Free ongoing programs include cooking classes, digital music production classes, poetry workshops, computer programming instruction, and workshops on healthy relationships. The R.E.C. Room offers guitars, computers and wi-fi, X-Box Kinect, art supplies, a keyboard, a library, free snacks, and other games.

A Youth Program manager is always available to help teens sort through problems or help them address urgent crises like homelessness or depression.

Free to all teens!

Volunteer:

– for fun and fundraising events
– as part of a community service project
– as part of a ‘Senior Project’
– to organize the clothing swap closet
– to offer your own class or start a group

Homer Volunteer Fire Department

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Location:

604 East Pioneer Avenue

(907) 235-3155 or 911 for emergencies

http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/fire 

fire@cityofhomer-ak.gov

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

What is it?

Volunteer run local fire department.

Classes:

Yearly EMT and Firefighter classes once a year. Training Programs; cost of only admission fees (75$) compared to other 6 credit and 12 credit classes at the university. EMT and Firefighter training programs. Ages required to be enrolled in this program: 17.5 or 18 – must have parental consent if teen is not yet 18. May have to pay admission fees.

What can Teens do?

Get involved in offered training programs, learn about everything associated with their department, and the department of public safety.

Volunteer:

Must be 18yrs old. Volunteer firefighter and EMT (comes after the training programs) – But anything as small as a misdemeanor could easily be a barrier in for any certificates receivable through these programs.

 

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Homer Police Department

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Location:

4060 Heath Street, Homer, AK 99603

Contact:

(907) 235-3150 – In the Event of an Emergency Dial 9-1-1

police@cityofhomer-ak.gov or police@ci.homer.ak.us

http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/police

What is it?

Emergency help. In the event of an emergency call the 911 and the police will respond. Fires, medical emergencies, harassment, assault, home intruders, etc. HPD provides emergency services, jail info and assistance, (you can call to ask if someone is currently in their possession), pay bail.

Hours:

office is open 24/7

Haven House

Location:

3776 Lake St

Contact:

(907) 235-7712

Admin@havenhousealaska.org

 or 235-7712; or

Rachel@havenhousealaska.org

www.havenhousealaska.org

Hours:

Office Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Shelter Open 24/7

What is it?

Haven House provides a community women’s shelter as well as a number of other family oriented services. The mission of Haven House is to support and empower people impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault and to promote healthy familes.

Employment:

Paid internships for under 18, but not full time positions. Also, Advocacy and overnight positions available for those over 18.

Teen Services:

Teens are able to seek advocacy, counseling.  The shelter is a safe place, open 24/7. For youth under 18 to use the shelter, parental consent is needed. We provide emergency food boxes for people in between the Monday food pantry if someone really needs some food.

People can also come into the shelter, women and children, to get a hot meal most any time they need it.

Haven House can provide vouchers for clothing items at Homer Thrift and transportation vouchers for local cab companies when needed.

Volunteer:

Youth can volunteer doing any number of things from sweeping the parking lot or painting the walls, to helping redesign brochures.

Benefits to Teens:

“I think the easiest way that we benefit teens is through our crisis line ’cause it’s open to anyone and it’s confidential and it’s local, so if you’re in crisis you can always call, even if it’s in the middle of the night, even if it’s not about domestic violence necessarily”; There is a licensed therapist available for youth of any age. Parental permission is not needed, it’s confidential and free.

Haven House supports Youth on Record, Mindfulness Meetings, occasionally a Parenting Class, Girls on the Run.

Independent Living Center (TRAILS)

Location:

P.O. Box 2474

265 E. Pioneer Ave. #201

Contact:

907-235-7911

Christy Russ –  trails2@peninsulailc.org

What is it?

T.R.A.I.L.S. (Total Recreation And Independent Living Services) provides recreational programming designed to support individuals with disabilities and their family and friends. Programs include people of all abilities and interests.

T.R.A.I.L.S. is able to loan equipment to people with disabilities (wheelchairs, crutches, shower benches, etc). They can also provide taxi vouchers/transportation for those in need.

Volunteer:

Volunteers are always welcome to help hang flyers and make calls reminding members of upcoming events or other T.R.A.I.L.S. updates.

The Center (South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services)

Location:

3948 Ben Walters Ln

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm

Contact:

235-7701 or  235-8101

What is it?

The Center specializes in mental health services (counseling, behavioral therapy, etc) for youth, adults, and developmentally disabled individuals.

Teen Services:

The Child and Adolescent program works with teens, offering therapy and group sessions aiding in the devolpment of emotional and social skills. It’s an open, non-judgmental relationship-based program that provides someone who will listen and give you strategies on how to problem solve. During the summer they offer different Group sessions (teen coffee group, summer flex group, etc) that meet regualrly while school isn’t in session.

Parental Consent:

Youth who are 16 or older do not need parental consent

Cost? Discounts?

Denali Kid Care will cover all services. The Center won’t turn you away because of money.

Employment:

The Center is always looking for help. You must be 18 or older to apply. Submit a resume and an application (found on their website).

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SVT Health & Wellness

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Location:

880 East End Rd

Contact:

226-2228

www.svt.org

Hours:

Monday 9am – 7pm, Tuesday – Friday  9am – 5pm

Health Services:

SVT is a clinic set up to help with general health concerns. The first floor handles mental and physical well-being, while the second floor houses a dentists office. SVT also offers help with outreach for those in need of food, clothes, shelter, etc. and can help connect them with other organizations in town such as the Food Pantry, The Center, etc.

Cost? Discounts?

SVT operates on a sliding scale. They will ask questions about your income and insurance coverage and based on those numbers discount the cost of their services up to 78% for medical services, 40-50% for dental services, and up to 60% for their Behavioral Health Aide.

Classes:

Every Thursday night SVT hosts a class series called Thriving Thursdays which usually cover health-related topics. They also occasionally host workout classes like “BLT with a Side of Core” which focuses on building strength in your butt, legs, thighs, and core. Classes are usually free.

South Peninsula Hospital

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Location:

4300 Bartlett St

Contact:

(907)235-0397

Derotha Ferraro

dbf@sphosp.org

www.sphosp.com

Health Services:

Any services are available for any age.Sleep studies, wellness checks (physicals), and activity physicals are available for free on any given day for teens. Also available (to anyone) are free pregnancy (tests)/birthing classes every six weeks. These classes cover practicing diaper changing and coaching.

The Hospital also provides 24/7 ER Services.

Volunteer or Intern:

Volunteer or intern positions are available for youth under the age of 18. In these positions you would: visit residents in long term care to be an activity aid (play music, games, etc), work in the gift shop, sit beside with patients in care, take part in the Safe Kids Fair (wear costumes, do an activity at each booth, staff booths, or the front desk). Those interested must become a member of the auxillory and go through training. Contact Susan Hubbard (907) 235-0820

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Homer Community Food Pantry (HCFP)

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Location:

770 East End Rd- at the Homer United Community Methodist Church

Hours:

Mondays 12:30pm -­ 3pm

Aid:

The Homer Community Food Pantry is able to provide aid beyond just food. “People who don’t have food usually have other problems. Maybe there’s an electric bill that you weren’t able to pay; maybe you don’t have gas for you car; some people are homeless. You can come to HCFP for all of those things.” HCFP is able to help people financially up to $250, all you need is documentation of your needs (unpaid bills, landlord notices, bank statements). In order to get food all you have to do is give them basic information (your name, household size), and they’ll help you.

If HCFP can’t help you themselves, they can help connect you to other resources such as Haven House’s Homeless Assistance Program.

Volunteer:

The Food Pantry always has volunteer work available to anyone interested. Bulk food items need to be broken down into smaller, individual quantities; donations need to be sorted and put away; vegetables need washed; setting up tables and chairs; etc. Just show up on Monday morning (timing can be flexible) and they’ll find something for you to do.