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Brother Francis Shelter will provide 40 new emergency shelter beds for our community

As colder weather arrives, our community is working to expand its emergency shelter capacity. As part of this effort, Brother Francis Shelter is adding 40 beds, bringing the maximum capacity up to 120 guests, made possible by Alcohol Tax Funding. Brother Francis Shelter will not be expanding its capacity any farther than 120 guests and…

Ending Homelessness

Providing shelter for mothers and children, adults, and medically fragile individuals

With the addition of Complex Care, Catholic Social Services now provides more than 200 beds to Anchorage’s homelessness response network to make sure everyone who needs support can find it. Together with Clare House, Brother Francis Shelter, and Medical Respite, Complex Care broadens our network of services to support people experiencing homelessness at every stage…


Anchorage needs a low-barrier walk-in shelter

For the first time in 40 years, Anchorage doesn’t have a low-barrier walk-up shelter. Closing the Sullivan Arena without another option has left our city in crisis. For hundreds of our neighbors, safe emergency shelter is now impossible to find. CSS is doing everything we can. We opened Complex Care, Clare House and Brother Francis…

Ending Homelessness

Complex Care is the first of its kind, the result of decades of experience and learning

Complex Care provides the chance to demonstrate the benefits of smaller, specialized shelters, thanks to our partners: Calista Corporation, Chugach Alaska Corporation, Doyon, Limited, the Municipality of Anchorage, Providence Health & Services, Rasmuson Foundation, and Weidner Apartment Homes. In the 55 years that Catholic Social Services has served our community, we’ve learned a lot about…


Complex Care provides supportive environment for medically fragile individuals

With the help of generous funding partners, Catholic Social Services adds 83 more beds to Anchorage’s shelter capacity and helps reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness in our community. On a sunny afternoon in Complex Care, Tommy (green jacket) sits next to the large windows in the communal kitchen, enjoying the sunshine and watching…

Ending Homelessness

Anchorage is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis

Robin Dempsey, Executive Director | July 2022 | Anchorage Daily News With the closure of the Sullivan Arena, this is the first time in decades our city has not had a low-barrier, walk-up shelter option. Most of the shelters in our city are referral based and are operating at or close to capacity. Right now,…


From Refugees to Restauranteurs: Naw Naw and Lu at The Ramen House

A decade ago, Na Na and Leu arrived in Anchorage from Burma, unfamiliar with the language, the culture, or the cold harsh winters. Ten years later, they’re experienced restaurant owners giving back to our community, raising their family together. In January 2011, Naw Naw and Lu landed in Anchorage for the first time, forced to…


Meet Elizabeth Chase, Program Director at RAIS

RAIS’ new program director, Elizabeth Chase has worked with RAIS for more than a decade and brings experience at every level of the program, from case management to funding to program leadership. For many years, RAIS has had two positions combined into one—RAIS Program Director and Alaska State Refugee Coordinator. With RAIS continuing to grow…

Ending Homelessness

Introducing Complex Care at 303 West Fireweed Lane

When COVID began, Brother Francis Shelter recognized the need to reduce capacity to keep our guests safe and socially distanced. To meet the needs of our community, BFS became more specialized in our care—serving elderly and medically fragile guests who needed individualized care. We recognized the need and, given our Healthcare and Homelessness Partnership ,…

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