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Stories of Hope

Changing Her Future

Walking into a shelter for the first time can be intimidating.  At Clare House, our case managers make it easier, though.  They connect clients to services and help hem navigate the path moving forward.  One of the best things our case managers offer is employment assistance.  They work with clients to find jobs that enable…

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Charlie Elder House Transition

We are honored and excited to announce that as of October 15, 2018, Charlie Elder House will be transitioned to our partner, Covenant House Alaska. As partners dedicated to serving people who are vulnerable in our community, Catholic Social Services believes Covenant House Alaska will be a wonderful partner to lead Charlie Elder House –…

Ending Homelessness

Stephanie’s Resilience

Just because something is cliché does not mean it’s false. Stephanie, a former AmeriCorps Homelessness Housing Coordinator, has a smile that lights up a room.  It’s no wonder her clients loved working with her. Stephanie joined Catholic Social Services’ team in October 2017, serving out her year in AmeriCorps with us.  Although she’s a Cordon Bleu…

Stories of Hope

Instinctual Kindess

St. Francis House is always buzzing with people.  Volunteers stock the warehouse.  Clients shop the food pantry.  Combined, more than 150 people come into St. Francis House each day.  No matter how they’re connected to the food pantry, their lives are changed. In the summer of 2018, a woman named Joy joined the volunteer crew…

Supporter Spotlights

Haircuts and Hope

On August 31, I had the opportunity to meet Jierum, an amazing volunteer and a client at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services. Jierum was at Brother Francis Shelter, giving haircuts to people in the shelter.  He was with his friend, Ret. Judge Stephanie Rhoades, who is a Board Member of Anchorage Community Mental Health.  They…

Stories of Hope

Honoring Patrick “Jack” Cooper

On June 18, 2017, Patrick “Jack” Cooper became a name people across Alaska knew. The 16-year-old boy had been hiking down Bird Ridge, after completing a mountain race.  But he got separated from other people and ended up off the trail.  Two hours later, searchers discovered an aggressive black bear had killed him.  His family,…

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…

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