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At Clare House, taking care of moms and kids is a community-wide effort

Every day of the year, Meals Team volunteers make and deliver meals to Clare House for the moms and kids staying there. All of those meals and deliveries take a lot of coordinating, which is why we are so grateful for Marlana. As a pre-med student, Marlana used to regularly volunteer with Brother Francis Shelter…

Hunger Action Month News

Let’s talk about Food Security

Each year, people all across the country recognize Hunger Action Month to raise awareness about food insecurity across America and in our own communities, and why fighting hunger is a top priority. Hunger is hard on us Food is our most basic human need. Rich or poor, big or small, young or old, everybody’s gotta…

Lisa Aquino News

Announcing a new transition

Hello, I am writing to share some big news.  After much reflection, I have decided to take a new position – as the CEO of Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center.  It is an exciting opportunity for me to directly reconnect with my background in the healthcare field, while still serving some of the most vulnerable in…

Stories of Hope

New life and fresh starts

Molly Cornish-Cordy | Catholic Charities USA | August 2021 Gardening isn’t typically the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Alaska. The state is home to three mountain ranges, a cold climate, and long winters. Anchorage, the largest city in the state, is usually in negative temperatures most of the winter. The winters…

Lisa Aquino News

Working together to serve the homeless

Lisa DH Aquino | August 2021 | The North Star Catholic This month we find ourselves focusing on our children and young families as schools reopen for the fall. Back to school is often full of excitement, joy, and sometimes worry. Many parents purchase school supplies, read to their children, practice ABCs, and much more…

Lisa Aquino News

CSS programs help refugees flourish with community support

Lisa DH Aquino | June 2021 | The North Star Catholic June 20th is World Refugee Day, a day celebrated internationally to honor refugees worldwide – those who have fled war, violence, conflict, or persecution, and have crossed an international border to find safety in another country. We spend this time celebrating the strength of…

Stories of Hope

Arriving in Alaska: A RAIS Friendship Story

Arriving in Alaska as a Somali refugee by way of Egypt comes with some expected shocks…namely, the weather. When Mahdi Akal was resettled in Anchorage with support from Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (RAIS), both he and RAIS Director Issa Spatrisano would be pleasantly surprised to find a new friendship as well—and it all started…

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