At the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, we enrich the lives of our service members and military families with over 30 free or low-cost programs, events, and services that provide them with a sense of community and well-being.
Service members and families who visit our Welcome Centers are offered a warm welcome and a sense of community—they are given support and resources that help them adjust and flourish despite the challenges of serving and living in a remote area like Alaska.
We’d like introduce you to Robert, a Sergeant First Class in the US Army. Robert was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson for three years. Like many soldiers, he left behind friends and a support system—even his family had to stay behind. Early in his assignment, he wandered into one of our Military Welcome Centers and found a place where he could socialize and learn about the local community. His visits became more than just a place to stop and get some free coffee and popcorn, the visits became a time for fellowship and friendship. He found a warm, welcoming place to visit, relax, and chat with new friends, allowing him to rebuild his support system and combat the loneliness of his missing family. When he returned from a 15 month deployment, he was able to catch up with his friends at the Military Welcome Center and learn about the changes on the base. Robert also learned about the many programs and services available for junior soldiers, and made many referrals for them to use the Food Pantry, the Y on Wheels shuttle, and the other fun activities such as the Father Daughter Dance and Mother Son Adventure. Robert’s experience with the ASYMCA of Alaska enabled him to thrive, despite the distance between himself and his family, and gave him resources to help other soldiers find their way through the challenges of serving in Alaska.
The ASYMCA of Alaska recognizes the unique difficulties of military life. In 2012, our Welcome Centers provided over 8,600 service members and dependents with support, encouragement, and a helping hand when needed. Like Robert, these military members and families found the ASYMCA of Alaska—and with it, the tools they needed to help them reach beyond coping and truly be able to live and thrive in their new environment.
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The Armed Services Y provides free or low-cost youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility programs for junior enlisted military & their families to make military life easier.
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