Northern Hope Center provides safe space for adults with mental disabilities

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Tucked away on Cushman Street, the Northern Hope Center is a drop-in site providing a comfortable, stress free environment for adults with mental disabilities.
Lane Delbenthal is Co-President of the Northern Hope Center. He said this is a place where people come to eat food, play board games, craft and get on the computer but it’s so much more than that.
“It's more importantly gives people who have a mental illness a safe place be, it's a weapons free, drug free environment. It also allows us a great opportunity to form social networks,” he said.
The drop-in center does not provide clinical services but is simply a place for adults to meet others in their community and find relief from isolation. Members will not meet mental health workers at the center.
"The environment that is welcoming and open and wonderful here is because these people want to be here and I personally consider that as a really, really good triumph that we've achieved is that these people are willing to come here and they want to be here and they want to follow the rules because they like the environment we've created,” Delbenthal added.
The non-profit also utilizes a peer to peer model, where members can participate on the center's board and other committees.
The Northern Hope Center is open Monday through Friday from noon to 4 P-M.
It will also be hosting an auction fundraiser on January 19th to continue providing a safe and comfortable place for its members. The auction will be held at the center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.