Alpha clients getting their Salsa on at SHAG
Every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Derek Thomas, Amy Hall, Garrett Moore and Sharon Gowdey are going to Victoria Park (a SHAG apartment complex for senior citizens) in Lake City to salsa dance with seniors. The class is taught by Alpha staff person Eliane Harwood.
Aside from a fun way to get some exercise, this is an opportunity for Alpha clients to hang out with people in the community who are not relatives or paid staff. The hope is that this will be the first of many similar inclusive activities that will, in turn, foster lasting and meaningful relationships between our clients and members of the community.
by Craig Eidsmoe
David Anthony Prah March 17, 1962 – May 15, 2014
It is with great sadness we share with you the news that David Prah, longtime Mountain House resident, has passed away. David spent his last few days at home surrounded by those who loved him, including family and staff. David’s illness and subsequent death were sudden and caught everyone by surprise. He was diagnosed with Leukemia on Monday, May 11th, and passed away on Thursday, May 15th.
Prepping the Beds for Planting at Oxbow
Alpha clients have had an active planting season at Oxbow Farm in Carnation. This spring Alpha clients and a volunteer began gardening at Oxbow Farm in a plot dedicated to Alpha clients. Gardening at Oxbow Farm is one of the many weekly activities offered through Alpha’s Community Projects Program.
By Jill Brubacher and Alieu Kamara
Alpha connected two young men to be housemates in their own apartment this past winter, Daniel and Eitan. Both men are living independently for the first time and have just begun receiving supported living services. Continue reading
By Nephtali Stackhouse
Three and a half years ago, Alpha staff wanted to give clients a creative and fun activity to do each week, called Art Club, but where to have it?
Laura Hoag, a Direct Support Professional at Alpha, found the perfect place! She found Blu Café, a coffee shop willing to donate space in the back of the New Hope Church, in Shoreline. Blu Café is a warm and comfortable indoor coffee shop serving espresso, Italian sodas and most other fun coffee drinks. Along with the wonderful church volunteer baristas and free Wi-Fi it is a great place to hang out. Most often we enjoy the drink styling of Steve. Craig Eidsmoe talked with New Hope ministries; they were very supportive, and agreed to let us use a good chunk of their tables, at no cost, for Art club. Continue reading