January 11, 2022
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – GCI is helping a local nonprofit with its first step in creating a new neighborhood resource center in Mountain View aimed at disrupting the cycle of homelessness. The property, located at 3127 Commercial Drive, was used as an equipment storage facility by GCI. GCI’s donation of the building, valued at $860,000, to Shiloh Community Housing Inc., will also include a commitment to provide internet connectivity to the facility and to sponsor internet service for patrons who visit the resource center.
Once completed, the building will be a one-stop shop for Alaskans in the Mountain View neighborhood to get the resources they seek. The center will include an internet café to make service available to those who cannot afford it, a soup and sandwich shop, conference room rentals, resources for small business developers to launch their businesses, access to social services, and more.
“When Shiloh Community Housing came to us with the idea for the resource center, we realized how much this was needed in the community,” said GCI Chief Marketing Officer Kate Slyker. “We look forward to the great things Shiloh will be doing to assist Alaskans with job training, mental health and housing assistance and put the people who utilize the resource center on a better path, well before a situation turns dire.”
For nearly 20 years, Shiloh Community Housing Inc. has been assisting those who need help with housing through its programs. Those programs include transitional programs for young adults experiencing homelessness and providing housing assistance for low-income Alaskans who need a safety net to get into stable housing.
After noticing the vacant building for sale, President and CEO of Shiloh Community Housing Inc. Sheneé Williams contacted GCI through its GCI Gives philanthropy program to get the ball rolling on her vision for the resource center. From the first call, to the transfer officially taking place earlier this month, the entire process went smoothly and quickly.
“We have big plans for this resource center,” said Sheneé Williams, President and CEO of Shiloh Community Housing. “We want to provide services to residents and assist them in staying housed. Our resource center will be the go-to place where they will have access to what they need in their neighborhood.”
GCI is one of Alaska’s leaders in corporate philanthropy, donating approximately $2 million each year in cash, products, and connectivity to organizations across the state. GCI is committed to giving back to the communities it serves. Giving back is also a company value as employees receive 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations.
For more information about GCI Gives visit GCI.com/gcigives.
Headquartered in Alaska, GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer, business, government, and carrier customers throughout Alaska, serving more than 200 communities. The company has invested more than $3 billion in its Alaska network and facilities over the past 40 years and recently launched true standards-based 5G NR service in Anchorage, now the nation’s northernmost 5G service area. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband Corporation (Nasdaq: LBRDA, LBRDK, LBRDP). Learn more about Liberty Broadband at http://www.libertybroadband.com.
About Shiloh Community Housing Inc.
Shiloh Community Housing Inc. (SCHI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created in 2001. SCHI provides affordable housing assistance, a transitional housing program for young adults experiencing homelessness, life skills training and workforce development services. Its goal is to help alleviate the conditions of poverty by helping our community build assets such as housing, employment, strong businesses, and educational programs. A long-term goal is helping to ensure that Alaskans are self-sufficient and that they can live healthy and productive lives as informed community residents. Learn more about SCHI at www.shilohhousing.org.
Ashleigh Ebert, Thompson & Co. Public Relations