Your Community Connections
Community Connections is a unique non-profit, human service organization. Our services cover the life span of individuals and are designed to assist with developing independence, learning new skills and living in the community of one’s choice. We serve individuals with developmental disabilities, adults with physical disabilities, elders, very young children who are developmentally delayed or at risk, and children with behavioral health needs.
Kathleen Kloep started the Holiday Sock Drive about five years ago, when she first started working at Community Connections as a service coordinator.
She says the idea came from a friend of hers, who would collect socks from employees at the API hospital in Anchorage and donate them to teenagers at the Covenant House at Christmastime.
“She never had children of her own, so it was kind of a way to give back” said Kathleen.
When her friend passed away, Kathleen “got to thinking about what I could do to give back, and I decided to talk to the director at Community Connections, and we started the sock drive as a memorial for my friend. And it has just grown and grown over the last five years and become a really huge thing here.”
Just last year, Community Connections was able to give away 500 pairs of socks and help about 100 families in the communities of Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan.
This holiday season, Community Connections is accepting outerwear as well as socks, and have donation baskets at local businesses on Prince of Wales and in Ketchikan.
Our services are comprehensive, responsive to family-identified needs, respectful of individual family values, and are culturally sensitive. Referrals can be made by anyone.
Early Learning Program
Services for families of children aged birth to three years with developmental delays or who are “at risk” of developing delays. Services are designed to assist families in supporting their child’s development. Individualized services may include; speech, physical and occupational therapy, specialized instruction and service coordination.
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Children’s Mental Health
Comprehensive mental health services for children and their families. These services provide a broad range of inter-ventions and supports to children and families in the home and community. Available services include; psychological assessments, individual, family or group counseling and intensive experiential skill building in group, individual and family settings.
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Senior and Disability Services
Services for individuals with developmental disabilities and seniors who require assistance to remain in their community of choice and with achieving their life goals. Through partnerships with the individuals and families served, a customized plan for services is developed that is aimed at supporting each individual’s ability to live, work and learn to their fullest potential. Services are provided wherever the person chooses to reside, socialize, recreate, or work. Services include; respite care, chore services, consumer directed personal care, transportation, care coordination, supported employment, supported living and day habilitation.
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