Faces of Hope: Helene Cross

Introducing our second Face of Hope, Helene Cross.

Through the Faces of Hope initiative, we seek to recognize and honor some of those people and entities that have been critical to the success of Hope Academy, Fairbanks’ recovery high school. The initiative seeks to tell Hope Academy’s story over the past 10 years through the stories of those who have been involved in helping to create Hope Academy’s history. Additionally, we hope it introduces even more people to Hope Academy’s mission through the meaningful stories of these faces who are so well known around Hope Academy.

Helene took over Fairbanks in 2001 as president and CEO when the organization was facing challenges financially, physically and in its mission. One of her first moves was meeting with leadership and staff to learn as much about Fairbanks as she could, including what they hoped for in its mission. That’s when she learned from Rachelle Gardner, a clinician in the adolescent unit, of her dream for a recovery high school.

Read the rest of Helene’s story here.