The Kenaitze Indian Tribe has again expanded its footprint in Old Town Kenai
In November, Na’ini Family and Social Services moved from the tribe’s administration building on Willow Street to a two-story property located just steps from three major tribal facilities in Old Town – the Dena’ina Wellness Center, Tyotkas Elder Center, and the Tribal Courthouse.
The new building, which the tribe acquired in May 2015, will house the Education and Employment Department as well.
Analisa Selden, Director of Human Services, said the social service and family service programs have already seen an increase in referrals since moving to the new space.
She attributed the uptick to the building’s proximity to other tribal facilities in Old Town.
“It’s easily accessible,” Selden said.
The move also means that social services employees and family services employees can work side-by-side, offering integrated services to customers.
The integration of the two programs has created cohesion among employees while giving customers one-stop access to an array of services, Selden said.
“It allows staff to collaborate as a team and provide wraparound services to families, whether they are in crisis or just need some guidance or direction on career pathways,” Selden said. “Having our staff cross-trained in what all the other departments and positions do means there isn’t ever a time when un’ina (those who come to us) have to wait.”