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…

Stories of Hope

Direct Care Providers Like Nathan Provide Help and Hope

Today we are highlighting one of our incredible Direct Care Providers at Family Disability Services: Nathan! Nathan works with Henry, his 16-year-old client and “buddy.” Henry was born with an undiagnosed seizure disorder that caused some early damage to his brain, which makes it hard for him to organize and retain information. Henry also struggles…

Stories of Hope

The Cadillac of Can Openers

Written by Heather Resz, Case Manager with Homeless Family Services From a Shelter to a Home She walks in circles, talking to herself while she waits. Her meds help her manage day to day life. She has no phone, no address, no email, no Internet access, no transportation, no emergency contact, and no housing. She…

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A new beginning through Veteran Services

Alaska – the Last Frontier For many, it’s a place that holds the promise of new beginnings and hope. For Nancy and Ryan, that was exactly the case. Ryan served in the Marine Corps out of High School and was living in San Diego with his girlfriend, Nancy, when he was injured working in a…