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…

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…

Lisa Aquino, Chief Executive Officer Ending Homelessness

A letter to our Alaska community

We are reaching out to you in faith and solidarity, because the values we share as a community, and as Alaskans, bond us together. Only together can we find a solution to the situation we are all in now.

Brother Francis Dorm Homeless Services Ending Homelessness

Investing in homeless services makes sense

Author: Gary FergusonOpinion: Michael FredericksPublished May 3 by the Anchorage Daily News Homelessness is a shared problem in our communities across the state of Alaska. Together, we need to support and expand on solutions that work, to invest in the future of our state.

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Making a difference on homelessness begins with how we see people

Driving through Anchorage it’s possible not to see people. Not all people, of course — we’d still see our siblings or our neighbors. But through practice and repetition, we’ve attained a lamentable talent of clouding our vision. It acts as a buffer to our conscience: We see not a person, but a category: “the homeless.”

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Be Positive, Think Positively

Terry works at Catholic Social Services for Homeless Family Services.  She is a caseworker who oversees people receiving assistance due to chronic homelessness associated with a documented disability.  She met Debbie almost 12 years ago at one of our partnering agencies.  At that time, Terry helped Debbie move off the streets, into her first home, and stay there. Back…

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Teaming Up for Below 10

Two weekends ago, Lisa, our Executive Director, was home on a Saturday night when she got a call from the Executive Director at Bean’s Cafe.  Since December 20, it had been running an emergency cold weather shelter, thanks to funding from the Municipality of Anchorage, as back-up to Brother Francis Shelter until April 30. With temperatures in the…

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Celebrate Christmas Eve Mass at Brother Francis Shelter

Around Catholic Social Services, everyone knows Deacon Mick, but he seems surprised by that.  Sitting at his desk at the Archdiocese of Anchorage, in a dark burgundy, button-up shirt with starched white cuffs and collar, the first question he asked was, “So who recommended you talk to me?” Deacon Mick has spent years dedicated to…