Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 10:36 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Homer's hospitality appreciated

This past week the Alaska Mental Health Board and the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse held their spring meeting in Homer. I want to thank the community of Homer, the organizations that hosted board member site visits, and all the courageous individuals who gave public testimony to the boards. Board members could not say enough about Homer's hospitality, restaurants, services and the collaborative nature of our community.

The highlight of the meeting for many of the board members was a presentation by the Steering Committee for the Community MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership) project. This set a tone of community collaboration and innovation that lasted throughout the three days of meetings.

Board members felt the visits to South Peninsula Hospital, The Center, Birth 2 Three Infant Learning Program, CICADA and Haven House were very informative and impressive. The Homer United Methodist Church provided a great space for our community dinner. Visiting board members were very impressed with the number of people who attended and shared their community spirit.

As chair of the Alaska Mental Health Board and host for the meeting, I am very proud of our community.

Nina Allen, LCSW, CEO

Homer Community Mental Health Center

The Center