Ending Homelessness

Phillip Found Hope

So many people’s homelessness begins with the death of a loved one. Cancer.  Car accident.  Suicide.  Tragedy can strike us all.  The person closest to the deceased is left reeling, and we each cope with grief differently. Phillip’s wife passed in 2010. He looks you in the eyes when he says that.  She had a…

Ending Homelessness

Thank You, Wells Fargo!

Today, we received $100,000 from Wells Fargo. We are grateful to have been selected as one of the 50 nonprofits Wells Fargo chose as recipients of their Housing Foundation’s Priority Markets Program. Because of Wells Fargo’s generous support along with the generous support of Weidner Apartment Homes, The Rasmuson Foundation, and Cook Inlet Housing Authority,…

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…

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,…

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One Step At A Time

Murray’s Tired Journey Murray, 59-years-old, is a long-time Alaskan. He’s worked all his life. Most recently as a carpet cleaning technician, cleaning businesses and apartment buildings. The pain in his feet became worse three years ago and stairs became his enemy. “It got so bad I had to tell my feet ‘left foot move,’ and…

BFS Medical Respite Case Manager Ending Homelessness

Turning Lives Around

Medical Recovery at Brother Francis Shelter People experiencing homelessness typically do not seek or complete medical treatment for many reasons. The addition of the Medical Respite program and expanded primary care services through the Caring Clinic at Brother Francis Shelter allows us to be proactive in preventing treatable conditions from becoming an emergency.

Army Veteran Zoe with CSS Case Manager Sarah. Ending Homelessness

Supporting Our Veterans

Zoe Lost Her Husband but not Her Will to Carry On Zoe and her husband were deployed to Ft. Wainwright near Fairbanks in the 90s. They moved around a bit before settling back in Alaska with their son and two daughters, now adult age.

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Back On His Feet

Next Step Back To The Workforce John visited the doctor after a trip on the stairs injured his hip and back over a year ago. The first x-ray didn’t show much, but over time he discovered a list of conditions culminating in a diagnosis of degenerative spine disease and spinal fusion surgery.

Jessie's Story Of Hope Ending Homelessness

Jessie’s Story of Hope

BFS Guest Finds a Place to Call Home Jessie was at Brother Francis Shelter for a short time before case managers helped him find a home in our community. He originally came to Alaska to accompany his daughter and grandkids while her husband was stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.