Who we Are

The Easter Group is an ecumenical community of faith whose mission is to strive to end extreme poverty and empower people, resulting in a rebirth of hope. In support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we commit to identifying and implementing local projects that serve those in need. Our actions are for the benefits of all regardless of personal faith, culture, or beliefs.

Anyone interested in pursuing our goals is invited to attend our meetings and join us in our efforts. Project Homeless Resources are being offered monthly and the bi-annual Homeless Summit is sponsored by the Easter Group. Read more about the MDGs and our goals on the About Us page.
As of 9/27/12, The Easter Group is classified as a Public Charity and is tax exempt under IRS code 501 (c) (3).


Definition of homelessness:

According to the reauthorized McKinney-Vento Law, a school-age child or youth is considered homeless when their living situation involves one of the following due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.

A shelter (i.e. SAFV)

  • A hotel or motel
  • Unsheltered (vehicle, trailer, campground, boat under certain conditions)
  • Doubled-up (with friends or relatives due to lack of affordable housing)
  • Inadequate conditions (overcrowded, lack of heat, electricity, or water)
  • Unaccompanied youth, couch surfer, or a runaway

Contact Information


General Services

Call 2-1-1, a free statewide service provided by Alaska United Ways, which is for anyone who needs help finding help.



Boots were donated by Silver Bay Seafood in Sitka, Alaska to the Easter Group. Artists decorated them and then they were auctioned at a Sitka Local Foods Farmers Market with the proceeds going to the Easter Group.

Sitka held its first Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event January 25, 2012 at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Forty-five (45) Sitkans were counted in the Federal homeless count and served 118 times that day.

A Homeless Summit, Advance Planning for the Care of the Homeless in Sitka was held Monday, November 19th, 2012. Listen to the KCAW radio series from 2009 on "Homelessness in Sitka" by Ed Ronco. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)


Please check the Daily Sitka Sentinel or KCAW Calendar for meetings. Our meetings are open to the public.


The Easter Group is now participating in a program to help feed hungry children attending Sitka schools. Blessings in a Backpack is a national program to provide needed food over the weekend to children enrolled in local schools' free lunch programs. Sitka's local contact is Kathy O'Gara at 747-8710. Checks to sponsor one or more children can be made out to "Blessings in a Backpack." It will cost about $85 to feed one child in Sitka for the entire school year. Please include "Sitka Schools" in the memo line. Every donation will receive a tax-deductible letter in the mail. Visit the Get Involved section of the national website to find out the various ways in which you can help Blessings ina aBackpack feed even more children.

Board of Directors

President: Julia Smith
Vice-President: Julie Platson
Treasurer: Ted Laufenberg
Secretary: Mary Wegner