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Tackling Homelessness

As chair of the Alaska Council on Homelessness, Fauske has seen the problems of the state’s homeless populations firsthand. But he’s also led enough efforts to help people find long-term homes that he’s been on the receiving end of their gratitude, too. “People come up and give you a big hug,” he said. “That feels really good.” Good relationships with AHFC’s partners, such as Catholic Social Services, regional housing authorities and Bean’s Café in Anchorage, help get the word out about the company’s services to a demographic that might not seek help on their own. “Dan knows everybody,” said Stacy Schubert, AHFC’s director of governmental relations and public affairs. Alaska’s legislators are key players in supporting the corporation’s mission. Members of the Council on Homelessness include AHFC; the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority; the Alaska State Departments of Education, Public Safety, Corrections and Health and Social Services; and six public members from the homeless provider community, rural housing authorities, local government and the real estate industry.

Beyond AHFC’s Mission

Being a good corporate citizen means extending support outside a company’s daily business activities; AHFC is proactive in several ways. Besides helping Alaskans live better as part of its mission, AHFC goes the extra mile to ensure its employees’ wellbeing. The company offers a reimbursement plan for health club membership and an alternative work week for more days off. Staff members are encouraged to volunteer in the community and can receive paid administrative leave to do so. Alaska’s youth benefit from AHFC’s numerous summer camp scholarships for everything from science camp to martial arts training to learning about farm life. AHFC is known as a “get it done” corporation, one that welcomes new challenges. Fauske openly praised his hard-working, knowledgeable staff, and when asked about the challenges AHFC has tackled he said, “I believe everything is solvable.” q

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