Guardian Angel Program

A family crisis can develop in an instant. Here at the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, we know how important the strength of family unity during times of adversity. Our Guardian Angel Program helps families face emergencies together by providing them with the resources they need to overcome the financial roadblocks that are often an added burden of an already emotionally trying time.

By reaching out to the ASYMCA of Alaska’s Guardian Angel Program, families can receive assistance with airfare, lodging, and household expenses, allowing them to focus on the crisis at hand. During emergencies, The Guardian Angel Program helps keep family together.

This is the story of John, a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and the father of four amazing children. One summer, his young son developed hydroencephalitis, a dangerous condition affecting the brain. John’s son was flown to the Seattle Children’s Hospital to treat his condition and to check for other potential complications. John and his wife were terrified—they had no idea what the outcome of their son’s condition would be, and they both wanted to be in Seattle for their son. With the help of the Guardian Angel Program, both John and his wife were able to be there for their son during his surgery and recover by flying his wife’s father up to Anchorage to stay with their other three children. The relief of knowing that their children were being safely cared for by family allowed John and his wife to focus on the health of their dangerously ill child. The children received support from family, and John and his wife were both able to travel to Seattle to face the challenges of their son’s recovery.

John told us, “This could not have been done without you. We thank you so much for what you have done for our family, and countless others.” Their son’s surgery was a success, and their son is happy to now be home with his whole family.

The ASYMCA of Alaska’s staff know how emotionally devastating it can be to face the realities of a seriously ill loved one—and how important it is to be able to rely on the bonds of family to see these traumatic trials through. Every year, the Guardian Angel Program helps more than a dozen families by providing them the support and resources they need to persevere in a crisis. The gifts provided by the ASYMCA of Alaska allow families to face adversity together, and draw strength from the unity of the family bond.

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