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Volunteer at St. Francis House Food Pantry Supporter Spotlights

National Volunteer Week 2018

Happy National Volunteer Week! We want to send out a huge thank you to the countless volunteers who spend their time, resources and skills to help make Anchorage a better place by volunteering with Catholic Social Services.

1,049 volunteers provided over 21,000 hours of service to people in need through 8 programs last year; On any given night, volunteers serve warm meals to over 300 men & women at Brother Francis Shelter provided by Providence Alaska; Volunteers distribute over 350,000 meals annually to families at St. Francis House Food Pantry; Volunteer groups provide hot meals at Clare House 365 days a year, feeding 60 moms and kids each day. Supporter Spotlights

Community Partnerships

A Safety Net for Alaskans in Need Partners and supporters like you make it possible for more than 23,000 people to receive services from Catholic Social Services every year.

Wright, Navy veteran and retiree, found support through Catholic Social Services at Brother Francis Shelter Medical Respite. Ending Homelessness

A Time for New Beginnings

Wright Picks Up The Pieces Wright, a 66-year-old Navy veteran and retiree, was able to support himself, but after his surgery he fell on hard times. A year ago, Wright walked around without an issue. However, problems from diabetes and habitual drinking caught up to him. His foot began to shake non-stop with throbbing pain,…

Girl gardening at RAIS Fresh International Gardens Social Justice

Grow North Farm-raiser

Thank you for supporting our Grow North Farm-raiser. Your support makes it possible for refugee participants to grow the Fresh International Gardens project into a stepping off point for them to create their own small farm businesses. Grow North Farm All proceeds will go towards soil to create Grow North Farm this summer.  The Farm will…

St. Francis House Food Pantry Volunteer Kristin Helvey Supporter Spotlights

Thank you St. Francis House Food Pantry Volunteers

St. Francis House Food Pantry Personal Shoppers are some of the most personable folks in our community. Thank you Kristin Helvey (of Helvey Communications) for being part of the team of volunteers at the food pantry. The Ever Growing Need Volunteers and donations are essential to operating St. Francis House Food Pantry. We depend on…

KTUU Giving Tuesday: Tessa Wilson, St. Francis House Volunteer News

Alaskans Volunteer for Giving Tuesday

Alaskans volunteer for Giving Tuesday via KTUU ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – There’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday but perhaps the most important is Giving Tuesday; a global day of giving. And Alaskans give big, and not by just reaching into their pockets. Volunteers are a major part of Catholic Social Services Last…

Ending Homelessness

One Step At A Time

Murray’s Tired Journey Murray, 59-years-old, is a long-time Alaskan. He’s worked all his life. Most recently as a carpet cleaning technician, cleaning businesses and apartment buildings. The pain in his feet became worse three years ago and stairs became his enemy. “It got so bad I had to tell my feet ‘left foot move,’ and…

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Proposed ordinance to fine nonprofits with excessive 911 calls

84% of emergency services costs at Brother Francis Shelter come from you in the community Brother Francis Shelter is full almost every day of the year—some days serving beyond ideal limits of 300 plus to help those who need a home and hope. We are working with the entire community to seek new models, partnerships…

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SNAP Reduces Hunger

ESSENTIAL ROLE IN FOOD SECURITY NETWORK The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is an integral cornerstone of the food security network in Alaska and across the nation. SNAP reduces food insecurity by providing low-income individuals and families who desperately need assistance to purchase food at grocery stores, food outlets and farmers markets. SNAP is extremely…

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City seeks new emergency cold weather shelter locations for the homeless

Up to 240 men and women experiencing homelessness seek shelter and a warm meal at Brother Francis Shelter every night of the year. Catholic Social Services is working with Bean’s Cafe, Downtown Hope Center and community partners to help establish other shelter options—there is simply not enough shelter at this time. We want to support our…

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