Change 4 the Kenai is a local Central Peninsula coalition that aims to address substance misuse by providing resources, information, and hope to the people of the Kenai Peninsula. Our website is connectkenai.org. Our project coordinator is Shari Conner, and her number is 907-714-4521.
SOAR into Parenting Program: A Community Resource
In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron sits down with the Program Coordinator for SAFR (South Central Alliance For Resilient Families) Abby Struffert to discuss the SOAR Into Parenting Program! This program is designed for new and expecting parents to get connected not only to myriad resources, such as baby boxes full of relevant items and educational opportunities, but also to other new parents in the community. To get involved, simply follow this link, watch the welcome video, fill out a short 10 question survey, and you're enrolled! To learn more, listen here, or follow the link!
I Took The Path that Runs beside the Mainstream: Ben's Recovery Story
In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn sit down with Ben as he discusses his path to recovery. Ben's story is one of exemplary personal growth, passion, and the will to change his life for the better. His story begins with his discussion of the experience of federal prison that changed his life, and ends with espousing the joys of fatherhood, chasing his true passions, and doing meaningful work in the community. Click the link below to listen how this incredible transformation took place!
One Year Later: Heidi's Continued Recovery
In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Koebryn and Aaron sit down with Heidi as she tell us about her experience in recovery over the past two years! The last time we spoke to Heidi she was a college student determined to get her degree and help others in our community. Two years later Heidi is graduated and working on some great developments for our community as well as continuing to grow and learn in her own recovery.
My Heart Wanted to Change; My Mind Just Didn't Know How: Tuba's Recovery Story
In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn sit down with our friend Tuba as he tells us his recovery story. We chose this title because Tuba's story illustrates, in a beautiful and impactful manner, the way unresolved trauma can negatively impact people with even the most pure hearts. If you were to meet Tuba today, you'd meet loving and compassionate person who would go to earth's ends to help another. This wasn't the case years ago. Tuba is a prime example of why keeping people in their active addiction alive, and giving people a chance to recover, and being patient and compassionate towards those individuals is so important. We could say that recovery has changed Tuba, but we could also argue that it has returned him back to his natural state, as a loving, compassionate, and good natured friend.
God, Mentors, and Music: Justin's Recovery Story
In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai Koebryn and Aaron sit down with local community member, youth mental health advocate, and musician Justin Pendergrass as he opens up to up about his challenges with mental health and addiction. Justin talks about how his relationship with God, in-laws, music, mentors and more helped to spur him forward and onto a healthy and vibrant future.
Community Resource: Sources of Strength Within Our Local Schools
In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Koebryn and Aaron sit down with Emily Alvey, the Recidivism Prevention Liaison for Kenai Peninsula Schools! If you have kids in the school system, you are not going to want to miss this!
Great podcast!! Keep up the good work!