Local Businesses and Organizations Support ARBRA to Address Homeless Camps in Anchorage

Local Businesses and Organizations Support ARBRA to Address Homeless Camps in Anchorage

The Anchorage Responsible Beverage Retailers Association (ARBRA) continues its mission to provide for a cleaner, greener, safe and secure city with compassion for those that have no other shelter than camping in the woods.

“It is not known exactly how many chronic and dually diagnosed homeless are currently residing in the Municipality of Anchorage,” said Jonath Rendon, ARBRA Program Director. “However, available statistics show that there is a population of chronic inebriates who either choose or simply have no other option than to live in the woods, even-through the coldest Alaskan winter months.”

Rendon said living in these harsh conditions is the starting grounds for other disadvantageous behaviors, such as substance abuse, alcohol abuse, and violence.

“The general response of the public to this unfortunate population of citizens, is to do everything possible to rid them from public view, almost to push them out of sight out of mind. ARBRA gives the homeless inebriates options to enhance their lives while giving back to the community with hopes to once again be a contributing member in our society.” said Rendon.

ARBRA’s Community Clean-Up Program provides resources to homeless Alaskans who may not have the means to become self-sufficient. ARBRA’s services in Anchorage include:

 1. “Adopt-A-Park” – In 2004 ARBRA adopted eight municipal parks and makes its rounds and conducts cleanup as needed.

2. Participating in Community Council Meetings – ARBRA preps and attends evening community council meetings along with the main committee on homelessness that takes place in city hall.

3. Receiving Donated Items Through 907 Surplus – All donated items are received through ARBRA partner 907 Surplus, a military surplus store. ARBRA picks up the donations from 907 Surplus and bring to a shelter where they take inventory and prepare it to be distributed to the homeless community.

“We believe our donations are a vital part of helping out our homeless community,” said Rendon. “We provide supplies from thick winter jackets to sleeping bags, to heavy boots for those living outdoors during harsh Alaska winters.”

In 2018, ARBRA received and distributed approximately $109,442 in clothing donations.

4. Safe Haven – Safe Haven is a proposed project to establish an outdoor enclosed camping ground consisting of 60 to 100 small living structures. Single cottages are approximately 150 square feet and the double cottages are 250 square feet. Safe Haven would be open to all homeless, back packers, and visitors who seek a safe, clean, temporary living quarters. Safe Havens permitting system would ensure safety within the facility and would be a dry campground.

ARBRA relies on the support from members and sponsors.

ARBRA Members Include: Alaska Hospitality Retailers, Value Liquor, Holiday Stations, Lucky Wishbone, Gaslight Bar, Vans’ Dive Bar, Blue Fox Lounge, 907 Alehouse, Holiday Stations, Subway of Alaska, Firetap Alehouse, O’Brady’s Burgers & Brew, Bradley House, Long Branch Saloon, Seward Alehouse, Pit Bar, Don Jose’s, Gallo’s Mexican Restaurant, Taco King, Koots, among others.

ARBRA Sponsors Include: 907 Surplus Store, Alaska Safety, ALPAR, APD, Xpress Lube, Grubstake Auction, North Star, Trail Watch, PIP Printing. 


The homeless population is a big problem in our community and it’s not getting any better. ARBRA invites local citizens and the media to learn more about the thriving organization. Call (907) 677-2112 to set up a time and date to meet and to make the rounds with ARBRA.

About ARBRA:

ARBRA’s Mission: Solutions for cleaner, safer camping with compassionate outreach for the homeless that includes basic amenities for citizens and visitors choosing an outdoor hostel experience in our All- American Great Land City of Anchorage.

ARBRA has been operational in Anchorage since 2000 through community volunteer efforts and has received three “Heart of Anchorage” awards for their work. ARBRA recruits clients from the homeless shelters and Bean’s Cafe to help with the clean-up at the Municipal parks and homeless camps. Approximately thirty tons of trash (all types) have been picked up & hauled to the dump in the last year. We assist with citywide camp clean-ups, maintain “Hot Spots” within half-mile of member businesses (approximately a dozen of these drinking hangouts are closely watched by ARBRA).

ANCHORAGE Certified Food Protection Manager Course Schedule

  • For classes outside of Anchorage, please call our office at 907-646-4628 for schedule.

ANCHORAGE
Certified Food Protection
Manager Course

To pre-register or for information call 646-4628, class begins at 8:30am (sharp) and ends at approximately 5:00pm. Lunch will be on your own for 30 minutes. Price includes textbook, review course and exam, there will be no refunds, once you have registered. Students should arrive 15 minutes prior to class. AHR Members: $150 and Non-Members: $200.

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • Saturday,  October 21, 2019

Pre-registration is required. Classes are held at the Subway office located at 1118 East 70th, unless otherwise posted.

TIPS Schedule Jul – Dec 2019

Download schedule: TIPS – Alcohol Training for sales and service in Alaska July – December 2019 (PDF)

TIPS® (Training for Intervention Procedures) – SCHEDULEClass Fee: $35.00 for AHR Members
Class Fee: $45.00 for Non AHR Members

Please arrive 15 minutes early with a valid ID the class is approximately 5 to 6.5 hours.

July Thursday 7/11/19 – 5:30pm Saturday only

August Thursday 8/9/19 – 5:30pm & Saturday 8/10/19 -11:30am

September Thursday 9/12/19 – 5:30pm & Saturday 9/14/19 – 11:30am

October Thursday 10/10/19 – 5:30pm & Saturday 10/12/19 – 11:30am

November Thursday 11/14/19 – 5:30pm & Saturday 11/16/19 – 11:30am

December Thursday 12/12/19 – 5:30pm & Saturday 12/14/19 – 11:30am

Minimum of 5 participants

Additional Days may be added for Specific Needs
Classes and dates are subject to change. Please contact Danny @223-7276
Additional Days may be added for Holiday Needs

All Classes are held in Anchorage at
Time Out Lounge
located at 4600 Old Seward Hwy

Call First: Phone 907-223-7276
Danny Parish 21 year certified TIPs Trainer

[Download PDF of July – December 2019 Schedule]

Alaska Hospitality Retailers presents “Food Safety Manager Course ONLINE.”

In addition to our classroom classes, we would like to offer online courses for those who are not able to attend a class. Now, you can take the course on your time, at home, or office. Please contact us at AKHR@gci.net for more information.

Tips and SafeServ Training Schedules – Anchorage

Tips and SafeServ Training Schedules – Anchorage

Download schedule: TIPS – Alcohol Training for sales and service in Alaska 2019 (PDF)

TIPS® (Training for Intervention Procedures) – SCHEDULE

Class Fee: $35.00 for AHR Members
Class Fee: $45.00 for Non AHR Members

Please arrive 15 minutes early with a valid ID the class is approximately 5 to 6.5 hours.

January Thursday 1/10/19 –5:30pm Saturday 1/19/19 -11:30am

February Thursday 2/7/19-5:30pm Saturday 2/16/19 – 11:30am

March Thursday 3/14/19-5:30pm Saturday 3/16/19 – 11:30am

April Thursday 4/11/19-5:30pm Saturday 4/20/19 – 11:30am

May Thursday 5/9/19-5:30pm Saturday 5/18/19 – 11:30am

June Thursday 6/6/19 –5:30pm Saturday 6/8/19 – 11:30am

Minimum of 5 participants

Additional Days may be added for Specific Needs Contact Danny Parish

Classes and dates are subject to change please contact 223-7276

All Classes are held in Anchorage at Time Out Lounge located at 4600 Old Seward Hwy

Call First Phone 907-223-7276 Danny Parish 21 year certified TIPs Trainer

[Download PDF of 2019 Schedule]

ServSafe – Certified Food Protection Manager Course
Pre-registration is required. Classes are held at the Subway office located at 1118 East 70th, unless otherwise posted.
[Download PDF of Anchorage Schedule]

Alaska Hospitality Retailers presents “Food Safety Manager Course ONLINE.”
In addition to our classroom classes, we would like to offer online courses for those who are not able to attend a class. Now, you can take the course on your time, at home, or office. Please contact us at AKHR@gci.net for more information.

Soup’R Bowl Soup Contest on February 2, 2019

SOUP’R BOWL XII is scheduled on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from Noon to 2PM at 907 Alehouse (8001 Old Seward Hwy.)

Come join us and bring your friends to taste the best soups in town as you decide who has the best soup by voting for your favorite soup or Chef. Soup’r Bowl XII is about Anchorage’s TOP Chefs battling for votes by competing for the best soup in Anchorage.

The soup categories are: Seafood, Vegetarian, Meat and Cream

This event is hosted by the Alaska Hospitality Retailers. This is our 12th year! And it is because of the industry’s participation that it is successful.

RSVP to SOUP’R BOW XII!

Alaska Hospitality Retailers

610 C Street, Suite B1

Anchorage, Alaska 99524

Office: (907) 646-4628

Fax: (907) 646-4028

Email: AKHR@gci.net