Anchorage

A brand-new road to recovery in Anchorage

As chef and former Ernie Turner Center program participant Carvell Shade speaks, Rebecca Ling, Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s senior director for recovery services, wipes a tear from her eye as she looks on with pride during the grand opening celebration of the new Ernie Turner residential treatment center.  (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

The new Ernie Turner Center on Eklutna Lake Road celebrated its grand opening Thursday. A full roster of local dignitaries was on hand to note the occasion, including Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Cook Inlet Tribal Council President and CEO Gloria O'Neill, and speakers representing the Native Village of Eklutna and Eklutna Inc.

People gathered for the grand opening celebration of the new Ernie Turner residential treatment center on traditional Eklutna land in Chugiak on Thursday. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

They talked about their commitment to the residential treatment facility, designed to bring people back from destructive lifestyles.

One of the residents’ rooms is filled with light at the new Ernie Turner residential treatment center  and has a view of the lawn and forest. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

O'Neill introduced Rebecca Ling, Cook Inlet Tribal Council's senior director for recovery services, to the crowd of attendees. Ling talked about the honor she felt being in charge of the facility and then introduced the final speaker, Carvell Shade.

Shade went through the Ernie Turner Center program and is now the chef at the new center. As he spoke about his journey, Ling smiled and wiped away tears. She said she was proud of Shade's success in moving from addiction to 18 months of being clean and sober and taking charge of the sparkling new kitchen at the Ernie Turner Center.

Chef and former the Ernie Turner Center program participant Carvell Shade poses in his new kitchen. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Guided tours and lunch capped off the ceremony at the center, which is situated on traditional Eklutna tribal land on Eklutna Lake Road in Chugiak. Program graduate Margaret Tarrant, a Mandan Hidatsa Native American, talked about her journey through recovery and her hopes for the future.

Margaret Tarrant, a graduate of the Ernie Turner residential treatment center, gives a tour of the arts and crafts room. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

The center has 16 beds, a gym, arts and crafts room, carving room and meeting rooms. The center was designed by Spark Design LLC and constructed by Eklutna Construction and Maintenance.

The exercise area at new Ernie Turner residential treatment center has a view of the lawn and forest. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
The new Ernie Turner residential treatment center on traditional Eklutna land on Eklutna Lake Road in Chugiak. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
The Ernie Turner Center is a new 16-bed residential treatment facility that will treat individuals with addiction and mental health issues. (Loren Holmes / ADN)