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Stories of Hope

The Future Is in Your Hands

A client of Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services made a special trip to the Welcome Center to talk about her role as a Peer Leader Navigator within the Anchorage refugee community.  Marie Claire sat down and pulled out a couple binders, placing them on a desk in front of her. She is a nurse from Rwanda…

Stories of Hope

Surge of Happiness

Back in November, the Development staff sat around a conference table, going over the logistics of holiday volunteering and in-kind giving.  Clara, our Community Engagement Manager, had been overseeing the collection of food for families so they could make Thanksgiving dinner.  She announced she had a confession. A man had called her earlier in the…

Supporter Spotlights

Pets Can Be Food Insecure Too

Chris met Kari at the backdoors of the St. Francis House Food Pantry warehouse to unload more than 20 bags of pet food, most of which were 30 pounds each. Chris is the Program Director for our Food Pantry, and Kari is the owner of Dog Tired Doggie Daycare. “We met our 2018 goal!” she cheered….

Ending Homelessness

Teaming Up for Below 10

Two weekends ago, Lisa, our Executive Director, was home on a Saturday night when she got a call from the Executive Director at Bean’s Cafe.  Since December 20, it had been running an emergency cold weather shelter, thanks to funding from the Municipality of Anchorage, as back-up to Brother Francis Shelter until April 30. With temperatures in the…

Social Justice

What Do We Do with 675 Pounds of Broccoli?

Standing in the hallway outside of St. Francis House Food Pantry, one of the program assistants, Logan, talked with three employees from Bean’s Cafe – Josh, Justina, and Scott. They had come here to do a tour of our food pantry and warehouse. “We’re not going to turn anyone away if they need food,” Logan…

News

2019 Pick.Click.Give.

When you give a donation from your Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) through Pick.Click.Give., you are helping to create a stronger state for all Alaskans. Your donation to Catholic Social Services’ seven programs allows us to reach and support even more Alaskans who are in-need. Will you be a part of what makes Alaska great and…

Supporter Spotlights

You’ve Made the Holiday Season Merry

Your generosity and kindness toward Catholic Social Services during the Holiday Season has been humbling.  We are immensely grateful to everyone who has donated to our neighbors in need – whether gifts, time, or financially.  Your support helps restore hope to thousands of Alaskans. Because of you, our family, friends, and neighbors in Anchorage are…

Ending Homelessness

Celebrate Christmas Eve Mass at Brother Francis Shelter

Around Catholic Social Services, everyone knows Deacon Mick, but he seems surprised by that.  Sitting at his desk at the Archdiocese of Anchorage, in a dark burgundy, button-up shirt with starched white cuffs and collar, the first question he asked was, “So who recommended you talk to me?” Deacon Mick has spent years dedicated to…

Stories of Hope

Once a Client, Now a Volunteer

Talking to our volunteer Linda is one of the most fun things you can do here at Catholic Social Services – other than helping her keep the St. Francis House Food Pantry running, which is what she does. Linda has been a dedicated volunteer for the last four years, coming in Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until…

Supporter Spotlights

This Little Light of Mine

Clare House is a place of light for mothers and children experiencing homelessness.  Their doors are open 24-hours a day, and Clare House staff comforts about 300 families yearly, connecting them to services and resources where they can find and maintain permanent, safe housing.  Donate to Clare House now! Stories of hope and compassion emanate from…

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