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AFACT surveys detox centers
A local faith group says one of the services chronic alcoholics need is a way to detox. The Anchorage Faith and Action Congregation Together group, or AFACT, is hosting a town hall meeting Monday about detox facilities in Anchorage. Jane Atuk worked on a survey of the local detox facilities over about eight months. She said she was moved to action by stories from members of her congregation who wanted to get sober and their family members. She said sometimes someone struggling to get sober would go to detox, then get put on a waiting list. Atuk says her goal is to get more detox beds in Anchorage. Assembly members Dick Traini and Bill Evans are invited to the town hall. Atuk says AFACT wanted to engage local leaders on these issues.
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Community members want action from muni to get more detox facilities
People packed the pews at the First Covenant Church in Anchorage on Monday evening to discuss the municipality’s lack of detox facilities. The city of 300,000 people has only 14 detox beds. Before 2000, there were 34. Community members presented their concerns to Assembly members and hoped for solutions.
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Addressing Anchorage's Elephant in the Room:
The Glenn Square Mall
On Monday, January 24th, 2011 Bethel Chapel Organizing Ministry gathered nearly 200 of their Mountain View parishioners and neighbors to address a massive and concrete issue in the community: the Glenn Square Mall. This Mountain View mall had become Anchorage’s “Elephant in the Room.” Deborah Sims, of Bethel Chapel, observed, “We all drive by, wondering where the businesses are; wondering where the shoppers are; wondering where the jobs are. But, we shrug our shoulders and blame the economy; we blame the timing; we blame the location.”
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Shining Light on Neighborhood Blight in Russian Jack
On June 11, 2009, more than 120 community and congregations members gathered in St. Anthony Catholic Church, to the lament the gradual deterioration of their neighborhood.
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Safety in Jewel Lake and Sand Lake Neighborhood
Anchorage residents are demanding action from police after what they call a lack of safety in their Jewel Lake neighborhood. About 100 residents gathered last night in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church to discuss solutions with the Police Chief. Residence shared their experience with crime including car bombs, drugs, and break-ins.
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Seeking Solutions to Chronic Homelessness
On Monday, March 24, at 7:00pm, nearly 300 community and congregation members gathered in Holy Family Cathedral to voice their frustration about the endless cycle of homelessness in Anchorage and to together seek new solutions.
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Bus Stop Upgrade Won
On March 7, 2007, more than 60 people met in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, concerned about a dangerous bus stop in their neighborhood.
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Keeping Anchorage Youth Safe
On November 27, 2006, more than 400 people gathered in St. Anthony Catholic Church to say “no more” to youth violence in Anchorage.
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Blighted Buildings Brought Down
On November 13, 2006, more than 60 people came together in Bethel Chapel to express their concern over the dangers of the boarded buildings across the street from the church.
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Community-Oriented Policing
On March 10, 2005, 400 people assembled in St. Anthony Catholic Church to appeal for a safe community.
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