“This program represents hope. Hope that with timely intervention, these young adults who are struggling with mental health and addictions do not end up in the homeless system for decades or worse.”Sherrie Wilson Hinshaw, President & CEO of Volunteers of America Alaska
The Tournament of Awesomeness, June 14, 2019
The Tournament of Awesomeness is an annual golf event and philanthropic opportunity bringing local golf lovers together to swing their clubs for a cause. Created and organized by lifelong Alaskan, Houston Carr, The Tournament is 100% funded by sponsorship and all proceeds in 2019 will benefit Volunteers of America Alaska.
The Carr family has a multi-generational legacy of commitment to the community and Houston is proud to continue those efforts in the beautiful state that has meant so much to his family
The program that will benefit from this year’s tournament is Volunteers of America Alaska’s Youth Permanent Supportive Housing project, which will serve Anchorage’s most vulnerable youth and young adults.
Using research-based services, Volunteers of America Alaska will bring hope to the lives of young adults who are facing the most extreme of circumstances—homelessness, and other risk factors such as trauma, exploitation, and mental health and substance abuse challenges.
“This program represents hope. Hope that with timely intervention, these young adults who are struggling with mental health and addictions do not end up in the homeless system for decades or worse.”
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) that pairs affordable housing with support services and addresses chronic homelessness and instability of those living on the street and who are most vulnerable and most likely to die without intervention. While there is a significant body of research around the effectiveness of PSH, nationally, this has not been done with youths or transition-aged youths. Volunteers of America Alaska will be using PSH as a critical piece of the overall strategy to end youth homelessness in our state.