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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…

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…

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

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…

Ending Homelessness

Anchorage leaders combine their efforts in the Healthcare and Homelessness Partnership

Homelessness is a public health issue. That’s why in April 2017 we formed the Healthcare and Homelessness Partnership, a collaboration between Catholic Social Services dedicated partners: Providence Health & Services Alaska , Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska Regional Hospital, Southcentral Foundation , Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, and the Municipality of Anchorage With funding and…

Kamal Ending Homelessness

Your gift helps veterans like Kamal find justice, support, and stability

Kamal grew up in a tough neighborhood in Harlem and joined the Army when he was only 17, serving in the Vietnam War as a paratrooper. Although Kamal lived and worked all over the country, his military service left him with several chronic injuries—paratroopers often sustain long-term injuries to their feet, knees, and backs. Large…

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