Catholic organizations provide food security amid food stamp delays in Alaska, The North Star Catholic, November 2023

In race against snowfall, homeless people in Anchorage face tough time finding shelter, The Leaven by OSV News, November 2023

Anchorage adds more shelter beds after unusually high amount of snow and record outdoor deaths, Associated Press, November 2023

Winter storm brings harsh conditions for Anchorage’s unhoused, Anchorage Daily News, November 2023

Easing the way of refugees starting a new life, Providence News Team, September 2023

As more Alaskans face eviction, courts and service providers aim for solutions, Alaska Beacon, July 2023

One woman’s long road from homeless to housed in Anchorage, Anchorage Daily News, July 2023

Ukrainian entrepreneurs start anew as refugees in Anchorage, Alaska Public Media, June 2023

Catholic organizations respond to Alaska’s homelessness dilemma, The North Star Catholic, May 2023

Seniors are flooding homeless shelters that can’t care for them, The Washington Post, May 2023

‘Like a balm for the soul’: Ukrainians on an Anchorage soccer team find a sense of home, Anchorage Daily News, May 2023

Catholic Organizations Try To Lessen Blow Of Food Stamp Delays In Alaska, OSV News, April 2023

Influx of Ukrainian refugees prompts state to relaunch job placement office, Anchorage Daily News, April 2023

Providence Alaska’s training opens doors for refugees, Catholic Health World, April 2023

Navigating the streets of Anchorage by wheelchair is punishing — never more than this winter, Anchorage Daily News, March 2023

Third Avenue Navigation Center open for business, FOX 19 Cincinnati, March 2023

Third Avenue Navigation Center open for business, WBRC FOX6, March 2023

Anchorage, AK: A Model for the US in Ending Homelessness, Informed Insight, February 2023

A new resource center for people experiencing homelessness is opening in Anchorage, Alaska Public Media, February 2023

New homeless resource center will open next month, Anchorage Daily News, January 2023


Unrelenting in winter, frostbite poses a life-changing threat to homeless Alaskans, Anchorage Daily News, December 2022

Anchorage Assembly overrides Bronson budget vetoes, restoring funds to Brother Francis shelter, Alaska Public Media, December 2022

Anchorage Assembly overrides Mayor Bronson’s veto of $1.2 million for Brother Francis shelter, Anchorage Daily News, December 2022

Anchorage Assembly approves $587 million city budget, Anchorage Daily News, November 2022

Community Gardens Feed Communities, Catholic Charities USA, November 2022

USDA Announces More Than $71 Million to Support Underserved Communities, USDA, October 2022

Catholic Social Services Alaska, UAF receive new grant funding from USDA, KINY Radio, October 2022c

From Iran to Alaska, godson and godmother weigh in on current global protests, KTOO, October 2022

More than 300 Ukrainians have come to Alaska since the war began, Alaska Public Media, October 2022

Anchorage task force urges city to use Golden Lion Hotel and Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena for emergency homeless shelters, Anchorage Daily News, September 2022

Anchorage Mayor Bronson outlines emergency winter homeless shelter proposal, says he will work with Assembly on plan, Anchorage Daily News, August 2022

Amid Anchorage’s homelessness upheaval, a new shelter quietly rushed to house dozens of vulnerable people, Anchorage Daily News, August 2022

After no-show from Bronson officials at homelessness meeting, Anchorage Assembly takes action on its own winter shelter plan, Anchorage Daily News, August 2022

Assembly directs $11.8 million in federal relief toward possible Anchorage hotel purchase for low-income housing, Anchorage Daily News, August 2022

International conflicts drive increase in refugees, others arriving in Alaska, Alaska Public Media, July 2022

No place to go: Anchorage’s homeless shelter capacity has been pushed to the brink, Anchorage Daily News, July 2022

Salvation Army moves families at Centennial Campground to Anchorage shelters, Alaska Public Media, July 2022

Anchorage Assembly puts more than $7 million toward sheltering and housing initiatives, Alaska Public Media, July 2022

Is Anchorage’s sanctioned campground part of homeless response? Bronson officials say no, creating gap in responsibility, Anchorage Daily News, July 2022

Many Alaskans are struggling to afford food right now. Here’s how you can help., Anchorage Daily News, July 2022

As Anchorage phases out its main homeless shelter, providers fear a surge in campers, Alaska Public Media, June 2022

Food aid groups in Alaska say need is approaching early pandemic levels as relief money ends and prices rise, Anchorage Daily News, June 2022

Municipality of Anchorage will close Sullivan Arena shelter June 30, Anchorage Daily News, June 2022

Humanitarian flights will bring 600 Ukrainians to Alaska, Anchorage Press, May 2022

Refugees from Ukraine could be placed in Alaska communities where they have family ties, Alaska Public Media, April 2022

‘Gut wrenching’: Alaskans with roots in Ukraine grapple with war in their homeland, Anchorage Daily News, February 2022

A new Anchorage resident left Afghanistan after years assisting U.S. military. Now he’s helping others resettle in Alaska., Anchorag Daily News, January 2022

Community helps Afghan evacuees feel at home, North Star Catholic, January 2022


Congress failed to extend child tax credit expansion, but Murkowski says she’s open to negotiations, Anchorage Daily News, December 2021

At Anchorage’s shelter for moms and kids, community support is key, Anchorage Daily News, November 2021

Clare House shelter gets matching grant to double donations, Alaska’s News Source, November 2021

Catholic Social Services’ leader reflects on accomplishments, North Star Catholic, November 2021

Anchorage’s homelessness director resigns. No clear path for unhoused families this winter, Anchorage Press, November 2021

Smaller homeless facilities are better for all, Anchorage Daily News, October 2021

Army Veteran finds employment and housing in months thanks to HUD-VASH, VA Blog, October 2021

‘This is something that unites us all’: Alaskans help refugees resettle, Juneau Empire, October 2021

Deadline to apply for rental and utility relief is Friday, Alaska News Source, September 2021

Anchorage prepares to welcome Afghan refugees, Alaska’s News Source, September 2021

50-100 Afghan evacuees expected in Alaska, beginning later this month, WebCenter Fairbanks, September 2021

Afghan refugees to make their way to Alaska, Peninsula Clarion, September 2021

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

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 15, 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

Anchorage officials eye ice arena as emergency homeless shelter as they brace for coronavirus impact, Anchorage Daily News, March 2020

Municipality says Ben Boeke is the best choice for a temporary homeless shelter, KTUU, March 2020

Anchorage homeless services brace for spread of coronavirus, Anchorage Daily News, March 2020

Growing into the Neighborhood, Edible Alaska, February 2020

Catholic Social Services program will help domestic violence victims find housing, KTVA, January 2020

Alaska will continue to accept refugees, Dunleavy says, Anchorage Daily News, January 2020


Volunteers at Bean’s Cafe, Brother Francis Shelter serve meals for homeless on Christmas, KTVA, December 2019

Grant to Catholic Social Services could dramatically reduce family homelessness, KTUU, November 2019

Catholic Social Services gets $5M grant to help homeless Anchorage families, KTVA, November 2019

Anchorage nonprofit gets $5M grant from fund backed by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos to help homeless families, Anchorage Daily News, November 2019

Homeless resources find footing after governor’s vetoes, KTUU, November 2019

As Anchorage grapples with homelessness, ConocoPhillips grants $150k to community housing program, Alaska Public Media, November 2019

Grant money helps local families turn the key to better futures, KTVA, November 2019

$150,000 grant will help move 10 Anchorage families permanent homes , KTUU, November 2019

Private donors warn state not to cut homelessness funding after $40 million donation, KTUU, October 2019

Path to Independence program a success after first year, KTUU, October 2019

We intent to succeed: $40M investment pledged to reduce homelessness in Anchorage, Anchorage Daily News, September 2019

‘We feel the struggle’. Non-profits shrink to keep homeless sheltered, Alaska Public Media, August 2019

To bolster financial options for refugees, a state program works to get them into farming, Alaska Public Media, August 2019

Capital budget vetoes leave gap for homeless services in Anchorage, Anchorage Daily News, August 2019

Urban farm gives way to skills-building – and income – in Mountain View, Anchorage Daily News, August 2019

With Legislature adjourned, groups turn lobbying focus on Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Anchorage Daily News, August 2019

Assembly authorizes $400,000 for Brother Francis to operate at full capacity, KTVA, July 2019

Anchorage Assembly votes to extend emergency declaration, fund Brother Francis Shelter, Anchorage Daily News, July 2019

Dunleavy budget vetoes will mean a sharp increase in people living in camps and cars, service providers say, Anchorage Daily News, July 2019

Brother Francis to close in early August, then reopen at reduced capacity, KTUU, July 2019

Anchorage’s biggest homeless shelter closes for the day, braces for drastic budget cuts, Anchorage Daily News, July 2019

Who are the 100? If the budget vetoes stand, Anchorage shelter says it must choose who stays and who leaves, Alaska Public Media, July 2019

Brother Francis Shelter loses daytime services amid worries about cutbacks at night, KTVA, July 2019

Alaskans rally to support homeless services, KTVA, July 2019

Alaska state budget vetoes cut homeless shelters, services, Alaska Public Media, July 2019

Mayor Berkowitz voices disapproval of Dunleavy’s vetoes, KTUU, June 2019

City plans changes to stretch of Third Avenue where woman was fatally struck by pickup, Anchorage Daily News, March 2019

2019 Athena inductees and honorees, Anchorage Athena Society, February 2019

Cuts to homeless services in Dunleavy budget would displace hundreds of vulnerable people, providers say, Anchorage Daily News, February 2019

Not-for-profit, for-the-economy, Alaska Business Monthly, February 2019

Aggressive fundraising campaign generates millions annually for Alaska nonprofits, Anchorage Daily News, January 2019

Life is good for Anchorage volunteers, Anchorage Good News, January 2019


Did you know? Over 1,000 people experience homelessness in Anchorage any given night, Storyknife: Calista Corporation Newsletter, December 2018

They receive a profound gift from those who have nothing, Anchorage Daily News, December 2018

Local runners give Christmas joy, Anchorage Good News, December 2018

A career in community service: School of Social Work professor Tracey Burke tackles food security in Anchorage, UAA Alumni Spirit, December 2018

‘Major’ damage to Anchorage area after severe 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Alaska, The Washington Post, November 2018

Spa day at Brother Francis Shelter, The Anchorage Press, November 2018

Catholic Social Services receives $100K Wells Fargo grant, Alaska Business, October 2018

How health care, taxis and training helped cut the number of emergency calls around the Anchorage homeless shelter, Anchorage Daily News, October 2018

In Anchorage forum, candidates for governor each get 60 seconds to say what sets them apart, Anchorage Daily News, September 2018 

Refugee students backpacking Denali as part of brand new program, The Anchorage Press, July 2018

Refugees helping to bring more fresh food to the far north, Next City, July 2018

These refugees had nothing, but they gave her back her life, Anchorage Daily News, April 2018

At an Anchorage homeless shelter, an unexpected birth, Anchorage Daily News, February 2018

‘Doing my part’: Housing assistance helps couple feel like members of the community, Providence Health & Services, January 2018


With an eye on summer markets, classes teach Anchorage refugees pickling, fermentation, Anchorage Daily News, December 2017

How some of Anchorage’s most vulnerable homeless people are finally finding homes, Alaska Dispatch News, November 2017

Mountain View: A place for all people, Edible Alaska, October 2017

Meeting Anchorage’s homeless ‘where they are,’ Catholic Anchor, October 2017

Pray for the hungry, then offer them food, Catholic Anchor, September 2017

Saved from the streets, Anchorage man shows mercy to homeless, Catholic Anchor, August 2017

Housing program helps families find stability, independence, Providence Alaska, August 2017

Mountain View, APU farmers markets open this week, Alaska Dispatch News, June 2017

World Refugee Day is celebrated at Anchorage’s Mountain View Street Fair, Alaska Dispatch News, June 2017

A refugee uses her years in Alaska to help new arrivals, Alaska Dispatch News, March 2017

Alaska’s only refugee resettlement group grapples with uncertainty, Alaska Dispatch News, February 2017

I was a stranger and you welcomed me, The Anchorage Press, February 2017

Anchorage vigil draws hundreds in support of immigrants, Alaska Dispatch News, February 2017


Starting over, The Anchorage Press, December 2016

Homeless in Alaska: Life and death on the freezing streets, The Guardian, December 2016

A helping hand, The Anchorage Press, November 2016

With temperature falling and need rising, shelters turn some homeless away, Alaska Dispatch News, November 2016

Holiday season got you in a volunteering mood? Here are places that could use help, Alaska Dispatch News, November 2016

Brother Francis Shelter honors co-founders, Catholic Anchor, October 2016

Brother Francis Shelter, marking 35 years of caring, pauses to remember its beginnings, Alaska Dispatch News, September 2016

Homeless shelter at capacity as evictions from camps continue, Alaska Dispatch News, July 2016

In Mountain View, a farmers market grows a spirit of inclusiveness, Alaska Dispatch News, July 2016

Alaska nonprofits try to do more with less amid oil slump, economic uncertainty, Alaska Dispatch News, May 2016

Anchorage high schoolers learn gardening and giving through ‘Green Thumb Project,’ Alaska Dispatch News, April 2016

Chris Thompson: If you don’t already observe Lent, consider giving these activities a try, Alaska Dispatch News, February 2016


Many ways to remember Brother Francis Shelter this season, Alaska Dispatch News, December 2015

City, state leaders vow at vigil to help Anchorage homeless, Alaska Dispatch News, October 2015

Top Pick.Click.Give. earners serve a variety of Alaska’s needs, Alaska Dispatch News, October 2015

Growing food in Alaska-RAIS Garden, American Community Gardening Association, August 2015

Most diverse place in America? It’s not what you think, CNN, June 2015

The game’s a common language: Anchorage’s prep soccer teams reflect city’s diversity, Alaska Dispatch News, May 2015

Prince William Sound harvesters share catch with homeless, Cordova Times, May 2015

BP’s Ashby coaches from the heart, BP, February 2015

Looking ahead to Lenten partnerships, Catholic Anchor, February 2015

Gov. Walker restores funds for Alaska’s homeless in proposed budget, Catholic Anchor, February 2015

Alaska’s Catholic Social Services welcomes new executive director, Lisa DH Aquino, Catholic Anchor, January 2015

Archived Stories

High schooler uses ski race to memorialize former teacher, Alaska Dispatch News, December 2014

Helping refugees toward a new, safer life in Anchorage, UAA Office of University Advancement, October 2014

Kids who learned soccer in refugee camps team up here, Anchorage Daily News, July 2011

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