Honor and respect is important to the Dena’ina culture. Honor and respect for Elders, who provide abundant wisdom and guidance, is especially important.
The Kenaitze Indian Tribe serves more than 145 tribal Elders through our Elder services program. These services are housed at our Tyotkas building, meaning “Auntie’s Place.”
At Tyotkas, we aim to enhance the quality of life for our wisest tribal members. The program fosters an environment of quality, dignity and pride, encouraging healthy activities and choices. To promote independent living, we provide information and resources to family members who care for parents, grandparents or older relatives.
Elders participating in the Tyotkas program receive access to many services, including lunch, caregiver support, transportation, home visits, abuse and neglect prevention, advocacy, exercise, field trips and crafts.
In March 2016, we opened a new 6,500-square-foot Elders center. The building is located on Mission Avenue in Old Town Kenai, facing south toward Cook Inlet and the mouth of the Kenai River. It includes a gathering space, lounge with a stone fireplace, large kitchen, office space and more.
Contact – Location – Hours
1000 Mission Ave.
Kenai, AK 99611
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday