Subzero temps did not stop Bethel’s “Choose Respect” walk

Yesterday, about 50 Bethel community members gathered in front of TWC to listen to stories of inspiration and walk together in efforts to raise community awareness around domestic and sexual violence in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Bethel “Choose Respect” walk was in conjunction with 17 other community walks across Alaska, all part of a statewide agenda to raise awareness and support in combatting this issue. Jennifer Peeks, Wellness Coordinator on KUC campus would “like to thank the Bethel community for their support in promoting respect and honoring a healthy life. Often we forget the wonderful efforts that many within our community are doing to protect and support each other. [Yesterday] was a wonderful example of how we can come together to bring awareness and encourage a healthier, safer place to live and raise our families. We would also like to thank Commissioner Masters for taking part in our community event and the efforts taken to prevent domestic violence and child abuse.”

Thank you to VIP for donating wonderful soup to the event.

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Peeks.

All are welcome to contribute to Yukegtaaraat Silent Auction!

As most of you may already know, TWC’s 9th Annual Yukegtaaraat Celebration is coming up on Saturday, April 10th.

We would like to congratulate this year’s honorees:
Rose Domnick of Bethel
Andrew Beaver of Kwigillingok
Irene Kaganak of Scammon Bay

Along with honoring our three winners that evening, the event will also include a silent auction in which local business and community members are encouraged to participate. Some ideas for silent auction items include:
Fancy desserts
Dryfish
Crafts
Kuspuks
Services
Or an idea of your own!

Please contact Lauren Jorgensen at 545-1592 or email her at treefrog_02@hotmail.com if you are able to donate.

Quyana!

Alaska DV/SA directors have tea with Governor Parnell

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On Tuesday, March 9th Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell hosted domestic violence/sexual assault program directors from around the state at the Governor’s Mansion for tea and coffee. The governor thanked the directors for their front-line work providing crisis intervention, outreach and prevention services and discussed his commitment to working to end abuse in Alaska.

Lt. Governor Craig Campbell visits TWC

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As Governor Parnell leads efforts to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault across the state of Alaska, Lt. Governor Craig Campbell makes a personal visit to Tundra Women’s Coalition’s new facilities to hear firsthand about the prevention efforts and victim services offered in Bethel and across the Y-K Delta. Executive Director, Michelle DeWitt gave Lt. Governor Campbell and staff Renee Limoge a tour of the new facilities and shelter. The Lt. Governor will also be making a stop at Bethel’s SART committee meeting today to spend some time with advocacy, law enforcement and medical team members.

TWC staff gets a caribou

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Occasionally TWC staff will travel out on the tundra or up the frozen river in hopes of bringing home fish or meat to help supply the shelter with food during winter. In any case, these ventures are a relaxing and enjoyable retreat from the office. Recently, TWC staff Jamie Hinz, Matilda Bee, Anna Alexie along with Joe Green headed out and brought back a nice caribou. Shelter residents joined together to prepare the meat for freezing.