Reach to celebrate 40 years

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Reach will hold a birthday party on April 14th at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall from 7-10 pm.

    Reach serves those with developmental and intellectual disabilities and delays. Joann Flora said they serve those in need, "It is the only organization in the panhandle that does what it does. Often we will serve people from infancy throughout their entire life."

    Flora added that without these services many of these people would end up in an institution.  "I think that is the biggest value to what we do.  We provide service to allow a person to live at home or in some sort of assisted living situation.  It humanizes their situation.  It allows them to be involved and included in their community."

    Flora added they wanted to get some attention for their 4 decades of service, "The party seemed like the thing to do.  For four decades Reach has been a very quiet organization.  It has operated through medicaid and grants." 

    She said the need for fundraisers has increased.  "When we provide services in a quiet way, many don't  know much about us.  They know we are a nice non profit that helps people.  In this day and age, as services tend to be dropping off for people living in poverty, we have recognized the importance of moving into a fund raising mode, much like if we were an animal support group or arts group."

    They offer programs for infant learning, children and youth, adults and supported employment.  You might see a number of Reach clients working in the community at the 9th floor cafe in the Federal building, doing custodial work at CBJ buildings, or in a local shredding business.

    The organization started in a church basement in 1977.  They now have 300 employees and serve over 400 people with developmental disabilities.  They also provide a respite for care givers and families.

    Tickets are $50.  A table of 10 costs $450.  Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 796-7202. 

    You can also donate through Pick Click Give.


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