tatooed man smiling at camera
I’d heard about Jierum Duarte long before I met him. For a while, he and former board member Stephanie Rhoades were volunteering to cut hair at Brother Francis shelter. Then I learned he was the one who started this year’s giving tree, by spontaneously putting a new pair of gloves he’d received up on the tree one day. Spending an hour

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man crocheting on couch
A couple of months ago, we introduced you to Chip Ellis and his therapist, Stephen Washington. Everyone's path to wellness is different. We're proud of Chip for all the work he does to stay on his path, and grateful he is willing to share the story of his personal journey to

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tidy efficiency kitchen
Chad came in for services at Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services last summer. At the time, he was on the verge of complete homelessness – living in an old motel that had been shut down and abandoned because it was caving in, more or less. He’d been on the decline for about five years, ever since the former Fairbanks behavioral health

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