Moving On

Kelly Manning has resigned as director of The Canvas; her last day is Wednesday, July 19. Kelly has worked for REACH for almost 7 years, first as the Training Coordinator and then as The Canvas Director.

During her time at The Canvas, Kelly has done an outstanding job growing the program from a drop-in center to a professional arts program that showcases the abilities and talents of Juneau citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Canvas is well-regarded in the community because of her work. She has developed partnerships with a number of other entities; secured donations, grants and sponsorships for the program; and increased sales. We wish her all the best in her new ventures!

Adult Services Is Back in the Garden!

This is our 3rd season gardening with Adult Services. We started with three beds and got three more last year.  Adult Services Coordinator, Sabrina Cardinal, started the program and continues to lead it.  She starts plants from seeds under grow lights until they are ready to be transplanted. Sabrina’s husband and children help get the beds prepped and planted for our individuals to come and water, weed and harvest.  There is a schedule for individuals and their staff to take care of the garden. They also participate in 10 hours of community service during for the season.  The vegetables help to supplement produce costs for our families and staff, who love being able to get fresh produce. REACH has very dedicated staff and individuals that love to go out and be a part of this beautiful garden.

Summer at the Canvas

 “Re-claimed”, the June show at the Canvas, has been very well received.  It features the work of local artists Alex Botelho, Grace Corrigan, Glo Ramirez, and Tobie Weston.  Stop by the gallery and see this beautiful show through the end of June.

And, you still have time to sign up for great summer art classes.  Local and visiting artists are teaching a variety of  techniques including building ceramic birdhouses, portraits, pen and ink monster drawing, color mixing, and into to ceramics (with one of this month’s artists, Alex Botelho). Classes are open to the community for ages eight (8) and older.  Sign up by calling 586-1750, or visit us at

Points for Purchases

Do something great for REACH every time you shop at Fred Meyer. Give them our member #94814 and scan your card. You get points and so does REACH! It doesn’t get any better or easier than that! Support REACH programs while you shop!  Thanks to Fred Meyer and Kroger Corporation for their generous support of non-profits!

Fashion show benefits REACH

The Kindness & Couture Fashion Show on April 22 was a successful venture between Juneau Rotaract and REACH, Inc. The show was well attended and received wide support from the community. In addition to REACH staff, some of the staff and individuals we serve volunteered for set up at EP Hall. And, a few of them even walked the runway as fashion models where they received huge applause! Pictured are REACH Fund Development Director, Joann Flora, and Rotaract President, Lauren Culp. Lauren delivered a check to the agency for over $3,000, our share of the profits! Plus, REACH was invited to be the participating non-profit agency in 2018. We wish to thank the generosity of Juneau Rotaract and these participating sponsors; Shoefly, Alaskan Brewing, Trickster, Lilette, McGivney’s, Downtown Dames, Cassandra’s Closet, Annie Kails, Pretty Please, Freya, Lula Rae, Resolute Boutique, The Rose, Martha’s Flowers.

Reach board of directors welcomes its newest member

We are pleased to welcome Penny Beiler to the REACH, Inc. Board of Directors. Penny comes to REACH after “failing twice at retirement”. She worked in human resources for the State of Alaska, retired, returned to work as the business agent for the Public Safety Employees and Alaska State Employees Associations, retired again, then went back to work at Alaskan Brewing Company for two more years before her final retirement! REACH is fortunate to have someone with Penny’s experience and background who said “REACH provides amazing resources to clients and families. It’s an organization I have always supported”. We also wish to bid farewell to Cassidy Jones who is leaving Juneau. We appreciate her support and service for the past several years, and wish her all the best in her new adventures! We also wish to bid farewell to Cassidy Jones who is leaving our board of directors. We appreciate her support and service for the past several years, and wish her all the best in her new adventures!