Providing Help. Creating Hope.

Positive Covid-19 Cases at Brother Francis Shelter

In light of the recent cases among guests at Brother Francis Shelter (BFS) we feel it is important for you to hear from us regarding this news. We care deeply about the health and safety of clients and staff and we will continue to do all we can to keep each and every person safe. …

Ending Homelessness

Conversations with Case Managers: Ian Colbert

The support of a case manager in the path toward permanent stability Homelessness. A stark, lonely, scary sounding word. A word so heavy that its solutions seem too ambiguous to comprehend.  Homelessness is a complex issue, and these complexities cause some to shy away from working toward a solution. Finding a solution to homelessness requires…

Stories of Hope

Grow Local, Give Local fund supports refugee farmers and hungry Alaskans

Throughout the week, CSS has honored the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. These same traits also define home grown Alaskans and are the cornerstone of how we treat one another and welcome newcomers into our communities.  To celebrate World Refugee Day with our community, and support Alaska’s newest arrivals, Catholic Social Services has developed an innovative fund called…

Stories of Hope

Refugee essential workers, a key part of our community

A large part of the RAIS program is education and employment services. RAIS staff works diligently to find meaningful employment for refugees. Refugees in Anchorage are often employed as essential workers and have served our community through the most challenging times. Refugees work in hospitals, grocery stores, and restaurants, providing care and services. One of…

Social Justice

Addressing Racism and Praying for George Floyd and his Family

Our prayers are with George Floyd and his family.  Our prayers are also with our nation as we mourn the loss of Mr. Floyd and so many other people of color who have been injured or killed because of the color of their skin.  Our nation has a long and terrible history of racism, and…


Reflecting on community support and our work at CSS

Written by Robin Dempsy, Chief Program Officer I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy as we practice social distancing and hunkering down. If we haven’t met, my name is Robin Dempsey and I am the Chief Program Officer. As the Chief Program Officer, I have the privilege of working with…


Saint Francis House transitions to a Fast Track Pantry

In response to COVID-19, St. Francis House Food Pantry has converted to a fast track pantry. Bronwen Nicholls, St. Francis House Food Pantry Director, and Jose Urrutia, Food Pantry Coordinator, took time to explain what this transition means to clients and staff. Pre-packaged food boxes are available for pick up at St Francis House (3710…

Lisa Aquino, Chief Executive Officer Stories of Hope

Finding light and beauty in trying times

Opinion Piece by Lisa Aquino published by Catholic Anchor, April 2020 “I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains.”– Anne Frank Right now, this quote speaks to me. As I am writing, we are amid a pandemic. When this article is published, I don’t know if we will be…

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