By Tara Olson, Student Activities Coordinator
Student government members take the plunge on a very cold day at the Auke Bay Harbor. Photo by Dave Klein
Polar Plunge has been an annual tradition at UAS since 1998. For this year’s event Saturday, February 7, we had about 125 people in attendance (50 jumpers and about 75 in the audience). This year the campus raised funds and awareness for The Glory Hole, shelter and soup kitchen, in downtown Juneau. We raised a grand total of $2,771.25. Donations came from more than 75 students, staff, faculty, and community members. The School of Management team (Barb Dagata & Charla Brown) raised the most out of any group at $750!
The Glory Hole recently re-opened its doors after a broken pipe flooded the building two months ago.
Here is some information about Homelessness in Alaska & Juneau:
- On an average night in 2013, 535 people were homeless, but sheltered in emergency, transitional, or supportive housing in Alaska.
- On January 28, 2014, communities across Alaska took note of the number of homeless people they were serving. Below is the data from that point in time:
- 492 Homeless households were sheltered in emergency or transitional housing, while 64 homeless households were unsheltered.
- 95 of the 556 homeless households included children.
- The majority of homeless persons recorded were victims of domestic violence.
Juneau’s Project Homeless Connect, an annual event to help people get on track toward permanent housing was held at the end of January this year in Juneau. More than 200 people experiencing housing difficulties were assisted. In January of this year the Juneau Assembly committed $1.5 million to a Housing First project geared at assisting chronically homeless people. The project would include a facility, located in Lemon Creek, with 54 efficiency apartments, clinic space, and office space for social service nonprofits. The total cost of the project is estimated at just over $9 million.