We provide help for our Alaskan neighbors through a variety of supportive service programs. Through serving our guests and meeting their needs, we strive to help our guests and clients on their road to permanent stability.

Housing Solutions & Support

During Fiscal Year 2023, Catholic Social Services served a total of 16,432 people and housed 510 people previously experiencing homelessness. CSS provided emergency shelter to over 30% of all people who accessed emergency shelters in Anchorage throughout the year.

Brother Francis Shelter and Clare House are more than just emergency shelters for adults and families. Homeless Family Services case managers work around the clock to help people in their transition to permanent stability so they may experience productive, healthy, and fulfilled lives.

Hunger Relief

St. Francis House Food Pantry supported 13,458 people with nutritious food in FY 23. Majority of our food pantry clients are forced to choose between paying rent and utilities, buying gas, or buying food.

St. Francis House Food Pantry is one of the largest food pantries in Alaska. A leader in the anti-hunger movement, St. Francis House Food Pantry provides an emergency supply of food to anyone experiencing food insecurity.


Refugee Resources

Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (RAIS) provides a bridge for refugees from their former lives to their new ones in the U.S. RAIS operates as Alaska’s primary refugee resettlement agency. In FY 23, 582 new arrivals were served by Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (RAIS). RAIS operates as Alaska’s primary refugee resettlement agency and has helped a historical number of refugees.

We provide refugees with helpful resources as they settle in Anchorage—connecting them with jobs and weaving them into the fabric of the community. In FY23, the RAIS employment team helped 278 people find new jobs.


Family Services

The challenges of caring for a loved one with developmental disabilities are great, but Family Disability Services exists to ensure they are not insurmountable. In FY23, FDS Providers served 45 clients delivering thousands of hours of direct-service care. We provide a range of resources along with trained respite providers who work with people in their homes and out in the community. 

Supportive Family Services (SFS) began in FY 22 and provides holistic support to families with a variety of needs through classes, coaching, and skill-building. In FY 23, 240 individuals benefitted from SFS case management. SFS uses a two-generational approach with the aim of ending the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Through SFS, 20 households were housed.