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Anchorage needs a low-barrier walk-in shelter

For the first time in 40 years, Anchorage doesn’t have a low-barrier walk-up shelter. Closing the Sullivan Arena without another option has left our city in crisis. For hundreds of our neighbors, safe emergency shelter is now impossible to find. CSS is doing everything we can. We opened Complex Care, Clare House and Brother Francis…

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Complex Care is the first of its kind, the result of decades of experience and learning

Complex Care provides the chance to demonstrate the benefits of smaller, specialized shelters, thanks to our partners: Calista Corporation, Chugach Alaska Corporation, Doyon, Limited, the Municipality of Anchorage, Providence Health & Services, Rasmuson Foundation, and Weidner Apartment Homes. In the 55 years that Catholic Social Services has served our community, we’ve learned a lot about…

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Complex Care provides supportive environment for medically fragile individuals

With the help of generous funding partners, Catholic Social Services adds 83 more beds to Anchorage’s shelter capacity and helps reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness in our community. On a sunny afternoon in Complex Care, Tommy (green jacket) sits next to the large windows in the communal kitchen, enjoying the sunshine and watching…

Ending Homelessness

Anchorage is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis

Robin Dempsey, Executive Director | July 2022 | Anchorage Daily News With the closure of the Sullivan Arena, this is the first time in decades our city has not had a low-barrier, walk-up shelter option. Most of the shelters in our city are referral based and are operating at or close to capacity. Right now,…

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From Refugees to Restauranteurs: Naw Naw and Lu at The Ramen House

A decade ago, Naw Naw and Lu arrived in Anchorage from Burma, unfamiliar with the language, the culture, or the cold harsh winters. Ten years later, they’re experienced restaurant owners giving back to our community, raising their family together. In January 2011, Naw Naw and Lu landed in Anchorage for the first time, forced to…

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Meet Elizabeth Chase, Program Director at RAIS

RAIS’ new program director, Elizabeth Chase has worked with RAIS for more than a decade and brings experience at every level of the program, from case management to funding to program leadership. For many years, RAIS has had two positions combined into one—RAIS Program Director and Alaska State Refugee Coordinator. With RAIS continuing to grow…

Ending Homelessness

Introducing Complex Care at 303 West Fireweed Lane

When COVID began, Brother Francis Shelter recognized the need to reduce capacity to keep our guests safe and socially distanced. To meet the needs of our community, BFS became more specialized in our care—serving elderly and medically fragile guests who needed individualized care. We recognized the need and, given our Healthcare and Homelessness Partnership ,…

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Embracing Growth: Looking Back on FY2021

Over the last year, you helped Catholic Social Services to grow, provide more programming, and blaze new trails in the services we provide, serving more than 13,000 people.  New challenges for our neighbors pushed us to break new ground in the ways we serve our clients, our partners, and our community, all made possible by your commitment to…

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Thank You for Your Support Through Charity Ball

This year’s 31st Annual Wilma Carr Charity Ball was an incredible success, thanks to all of our generous donors and supporters. On Saturday, May 7th, we were thrilled to join 350 supporters at The Hotel Captain Cook for a night of supporting the moms and kids at Clare House. This year’s theme was Together We…

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Reflecting on the Crisis in Ukraine

The recent events in Eastern Europe weigh heavy on all our hearts. We grieve with the people of Ukraine who have lost so much, and the people of Russia, as many must now also flee their homeland. RAIS has been serving Ukrainian refugees for more than 40 years, and we continue to help Ukrainian families…

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