Ending Homelessness

Making a difference on homelessness begins with how we see people

Author: Elizabeth SchultzOpinion: Matt SchultzPublished April 30 by the Anchorage Daily News 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…

Ending Homelessness

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…

Ending Homelessness

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…

Ending Homelessness

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…

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,…

Ending Homelessness

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…