Guardian Angel Program (GAP)

Hope, when Hope Seems Lost

When tragedy strikes, the emotional, physical, and financial burden can be unbearable. The United States military offers a wide range of resources to help shoulder the burden during crisis—but sometimes, unusual circumstances cause these resources to fall short. When all other avenues of help have been exhausted, the Armed Services YMCA Alaska’s Guardian Angel Program (GAP) assists military families by providing transportation, housing, and other necessities during times of crisis. This includes emergency trips for serious injuries, illnesses, or funerals. The Guardian Angel Program also brings family members to Alaska to support an injured service member or to attend a memorial for a loved one killed in the line of duty.

 

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Operating with the utmost discretion, GAP is administered solely by our Directors to ensure that participants in the program receive complete confidentiality and prompt response to needs. On a case-by-case basis, GAP can provide the following services as needed:
  • Emergency travel for service members or their family for medical or funerary reasons, or for unusual family crisis
  • Access to clothing, household items, and furnishings through our ASYMCA Bargain Shop at no charge
  • Access to food and personal care items through our Food Pantries
  • Other support options as necessary to provide temporary relief during crisis

What GAP is not:

  • A long-term support program
  • A substitute for applicable channels of support through the DoD or primary aid organizations
  • Direct financial aid that "cuts a check" to the service member

 

ACCESSING THIS PROGRAM:

  • This program is an avenue of last resort for crisis and emergency situations
  • A referral from immediate military leadership, such as a first sergeant, is required to validate need
  • The ASYMCA of Alaska will work with leadership and the service member to determine how to best provide relief
  • To initiate a GAP request, first sergeants (or equivalent) can contact us using the information below

ASYMCA of Alaska
Statewide GAP Requests

During Business Hours:
Phone Number: 907-552-9622
(Monday - Friday, 0800-1700)

After Hours:
E-mail our Director here