Volunteers of America Alaska is a national faith-based nonprofit providing a ministry of services dedicated to the relief of human suffering and the advancement of social justice. In Alaska our services are focused on chemical dependency. Volunteers of America Alaska views chemical dependency as an illness impacting the physical, emotional, and spiritual lives of more than just the patient. Family involvement, with a strong emphasis on developing support systems and continuing care, is encouraged throughout treatment. Volunteers of America Alaska provides inpatient Adolescent Residential Center for Help (ARCH) and outpatient (Assist) treatment services to over 175 adolescents and their families. Our programs offer chemically-dependent adolescents the skills to eliminate reliance on drugs and alcohol and the tools to build and maintain strong, healthy futures.
Van has been a restaurateur for over thirty years. Van first learned how to prepare a Caesar Salad tableside atop the Hilton Hotel in San Diego in the sixties. Van, along with his two partners, Jack Amon and Ken Brown, opened the Marx Brothers Café in 1979. The boutique restaurant of fourteen tables operates out of the second oldest cottage in downtown Anchorage.