Over 1,000 people are facing homelessness in Anchorage. Catholic Social Services shelters – at Brother Francis Shelter and Clare House – roughly 150 of these people every day. In addition to shelter, we offer housing solutions to support adults and families and work with them to regain their permanent stability.
Our case managers work around-the-clock with adults and families to find housing solutions that those who come to us. The programs and services our case managers connect them with help them transition out of homelessness. We are a trauma-informed care agency that strives to ensure our clients are safe, treated with dignity and respect, and afforded the right to make decisions that work best for them.
Safety Net of Services
Many people are able to build strong connections in their community through friends and family. But not all are so blessed. Following our mission, Catholic Social Services strives to act as a safety net and serve as a system of support those in need during the most difficult times in their lives.
People fall into homelessness for many reasons. Sometimes it may stem from poor physical or mental health. Other times unemployment or lack of affordable housing may contribute to the problem. Even family loss may bring it about.
Without a safety net and system of support, anyone is one bad situation away from facing homelessness. Our case managers are navigators, advocates, sounding boards, cheerleaders, and confidants.
We provide help for the homeless through:
- Safe shelter
- Employment assistance
- Medical care
Our case managers support adults and families from the minute they come to us until their permanent stability is achieved. We want their transition to be steady and lasting. Sometimes that starts with a safe, clean place to sleep, eat, shower, and do laundry. That’s what Brother Francis Shelter and Clare House offer. However, these places are not just destinations. They are access points to many services.
Ladder to Permanent Stability
When talking about homelessness, some people refer to “the ladder to permanent stability,” which is a set of four steps. They inform our approach to helping adults and families and are:
- Finding housing
- Establishing a reliable source of supportive income
- Developing connections and social capital in the community
- Learning how to face the biggest barriers and overcome future shocks
When adults or families come to us, we help them begin achieving permanent stability. First, we match them to a housing solution that works for them. The home must be affordable, provide room for everyone in the household, and allow them to access services, work, and transportation. Then, we help them find a reliable income, such as through work or social benefits, to ensure the adult or family can stay housed.
After that, the adults or families are in the position to better cope with life’s stresses. Our case managers continue supporting them as they take the steps to establish their social well-being and realize their potential. Finally, they are in the position to work and make meaningful contributions to their communities. They have achieved permanent stability.
Your support changes the lives of Alaskans – one adult and family at a time.