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‘I never gave up,’ Veteran shares story of hope, healing and credits local resources for helping him get back on track, Alaska News Source, July 2021

Grow North Farm offers fresh produce for the season, Alaska’s News Source, June 2021

Monday marks National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day, Alaska News Source, December 2020

End the Year with Cheer: Bare aware, donating underwear to the homeless, Alaska News Source, December 2020

End the Year With Cheer: Helping homeless families find permanent housing, Alaska News Source, December 2020

End the Year with Cheer: Beauty bags delivered to the women at Clare House for the holidays, Alaska News Source, December 2020

When home is a homeless shelter for online learning, Alaska News Source, September 2020

Grow North Farm in Mountain View opens for business, KTVA, June 2020

More need, less money for Alaskan nonprofits, KTUU, May 2020

After 10 years on the streets, short-term housing is found during the COVID-19 pandemic, KTUU, April 2020

How you can help: Local charities ready to accept donations, KTVA, April 2020

Anchorage leaders urging campers to find shelter at Ben Boeke, Sullivan Arena, KTVA, April 2020

Anchorage overnight shelters packed during cold spell, KTUU, January 2020

More Television Coverage…


Anchorage refugee assistance program readies for up to 100 people fleeing Afghanistan, KSKA, September 2021

Alaskans With Food Insecurity Need Your Help, Here’s How. KBEAR, September 2021

100,000 Alaskans Are Hungry. Fight Food Insecurity During Hunger Action Month, KBEAR, September 2021

New study highlights different types of homelessness in Anchorage, KSKA, October 2020

Subzero Anchorage temps a matter of life and death for those experiencing homelessness, Anchorage Public Media, January 2020

Alaska’s history of immigration goes farther back than you might think, Alaska Public Media, October 2019

The effort to end homelessness, Alaska Public Media, April 2019

Alaska Community Foundation raises $100M to support statewide nonprofits, Alaska Public Media, January 2019

More Radio Coverage…


Up to 100 Afghan refugees to be resettled in Alaska through March, Anchorage Daily News, September 2021

50-100 Afghan evacuees expected in Alaska, beginning later this month, Alaska News Source, September 2021

Afghan refugees heading to Anchorage, Must Read Alaska, September 2021

Dozens of Afghan refugees headed for Alaska resettlement, Seattle Times, September 2021

Up to 100 Afghanistan evacuees to settle in Alaska, Alaska Public Media, September 2021

Houseless shelter situation yet to be resolved; Working group confident with the future, Alaska News Source, September 2021

Catholic Social Services says food pantry in need of donations, Alaska News Source, August 2021

Bronson administration hires controversial former Trump ‘homelessness czar’ as consultant, Anchorage Daily News, August 2021

In search of the prescription for homelessness in Anchorage, Anchorage Daily News, August 2021

At Anchorage farm, refugees in Alaska gain training and economic opportunity, Alaska Public Media, July 2021

Grow North Farm stand opens for the season in Mountain View, Anchorage Daily News, June 2021

Bronson homeless plan begins to emerge, including possibility of a large temporary shelter in East Anchorage, Anchorage Daily News, June 2021

Anchorage Assembly postpones vote on ordinances expanding where shelters can be located, requiring licenses, Alaska News Source, June 2021

Some Anchorage homeless providers harbor concerns over Assembly’s proposal for licensing shelters, Anchorage Daily News, June 2021

Anchorage bundles up ahead of late season winter storm, Alaska News Source, April 2021

Proposed change to Anchorage land use code becomes focus of debate over future of homeless shelters, Anchorage Daily News, April 2021

At Anchorage’s Brother Francis Shelter, a COVID-19 vaccine clinic is a cause for hope, Anchorage Daily News, March 2021

More than half of Brother Francis guests will be fully vaccinated by next week, Alaska Public Media, March 2021

Efforts to retain SNAP benefits continue, Alaska News Source, March 2021

Checks of $600 are likely, aid to states is not as Congress negotiates pandemic relief bill, Alaska Public Media, December 2020

Catholic service organizations and parishes prepare for the season of giving during a pandemic, The North Star Catholic, December 2020

As the nights get cooler and Anchorage’s mass shelter exceeds capacity, homeless people are turned away, Anchorage Daily News, October 2020

Brother Francis Shelter says no guests have tested positive for COVID-19 since early September, Alaska News Source, October 2020

With funding from Amazon, Catholic Social Services launches effort to end family homelessness in Anchorage, Anchorage Daily News, October 2020

After dangerous code violations, Anchorage hotel abruptly shuts, leaving guests on the streets, Anchorage Daily News, October 2020

Catholic Social Services uses $5 million grant to help homeless families, Alaska News Source, October 2020

Support needed during Hunger Action Month, Alaska’s News Source, September 2020

As Anchorage struggles with homelessness, outdoor deaths occur regularly – but with little public notice, ADN, September 2020

After influx of coronavirus cases, Anchorage shelter implements changes, Alaska’s News Source, September 2020

New cases of COVID-19 detected at Brother Francis Shelter, ADN, August 2020

Celebrating Alaskans on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic, ADN, August 2020

As extra unemployment runs out, Food Bank of Alaska braces for elevated need to grow, KSKA, July 2020

Assisting Veterans in need, Catholic Anchor, July 2020

Alaska food pantries see a drop in demand but worry as pandemic benefits set to sunset, KTUU, June 2020

Housing Alaska’s Homeless, Readers Digest, June 2020

Produce selling season gets underway at Mountain View’s urban farm, Anchorage Daily News, June 2020

After pandemic forced changes, East 3rd Ave has cleaned up. Businesses and shelters are loving it, Alaska Public Media, June 2020

Volunteers are key to the success of CSS, Catholic Anchor, June 2020

Catholic Social Services finds new ways to support the vulnerable, Catholic Anchor, June 2020

Community food resources feel the strain during COVID-19 pandemic, KTUU, April 2020

Isolation and quarantine centers identified for Anchorage’s sheltered population, Anchorage Daily News, April 2020

As virus spreads, homeless take shelter at Anchorage arenas, Anchorage Daily News, March 2020

Demand at Anchorage food pantries grows as coronavirus pandemic spreads, Anchorage Daily News, March 2020

Coronavirus pandemic poses stark threat to homeless population, American Magazine, March 2020

More Print/Online Coverage..


New life and fresh starts, Catholic Charities USA, August 2021

Working together to serve the homeless, The North Star Catholic, August 2021

CSS programs help refugees flourish with community support, The North Star Catholic, June 2021

CSS Lenten food drive a success, The North Star Catholic, April 2021

Small acts of kindness help make our communities better places to live, The North Star Catholic, February 2021

Brother Francis Shelter residents and staff are grateful for your support this Advent season, The North Star Catholic, December 2020

A hard winter is upon us. Let’s be there for one another., Anchorage Daily News, November 2020

Finding light and beauty in trying times, Catholic Anchor, April 2020

Maintaining our connections and hope amid COVID-19 isolation, Anchorage Daily News, March 2020

The talents of our volunteers help make the work of Catholic Social Services possible, Catholic Anchor, March 2020

Let us open our hearts this Lent to the needs of the people around us, Catholic Anchor, February 2020

More Editorials…

Faces of Hope Newsletters

Summer 2021 – Enduring Loss, Finding Hope

Winter 2019 – Keeping People Warm and Safe

Fall 2018 – Building Connections at Brother Francis Shelter

Summer 2018 – Food Insecurity Can Happen to Anyone

Winter 2018 – A Time for New Beginnings

More Catholic Social Services’ Newsletters…

Press Releases, Media Advisories, and Fact Sheets

Fiscal Year 2020 Fact Sheet 

Governor Dunleavy Approves CARES Funding to Help Brother Francis Shelter, September 4, 2020

Fiscal Year 2019 Fact Sheet

World Refugee Day in partnership with Anchorage Community Land Trust, Media Advisory, June 21, 2018

Alaska receives $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo Housing Foundation’s Priority Markets Program, Press Release, October 30, 2018

FY2018 Fact Sheet


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