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City seeks new emergency cold weather shelter locations for the homeless

Up to 240 men and women experiencing homelessness seek shelter and a warm meal at Brother Francis Shelter every night of the year. Catholic Social Services is working with Bean’s Cafe, Downtown Hope Center and community partners to help establish other shelter options—there is simply not enough shelter at this time. We want to support our…

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Spirit of Denali celebrates culture, traditions at Brother Francis Shelter

Original story by Victoria Taylor at KTUU ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – From across the state to one community, guests at the Brother Francis Shelter in downtown Anchorage enjoyed pieces of home, Wednesday. “It’s around community and connection and getting that authentic taste of home,” said Lisa Caldeira, program director with Catholic Social Services. “Many of our…

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Catholic Social Services Case Manager and Veteran Salutes Our Troops

Our very own Phil Munger is a US Army Veteran and a Catholic Social Services Case Manager. For decades, he has been performing Taps at patriotic events, and at individual memorial services for deceased Veterans. As a member of Bugles Across America, he works with the group to provide buglers at as many memorial events for…

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Wells Fargo Grant Offers Job Training to New Arrivals

The $25,000 Wells Fargo Economic Opportunity Grant supported RAIS to provide job readiness classes for over 150 clients, place 111 clients in employment & develop 3 job training programs that have already served more than 60 clients and will train dozens more in future years. The first job training program that was developed and offered…

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Interfaith Prayer Vigil to Support Immigrants and Refugees

WAYS TO TAKE ACTION! Thank you for participating in the Interfaith Prayer Vigil in Anchorage on February 3, 2017 in Anchorage Town Square Park. Stay engaged and do not be discouraged. Pray within your tradition that the power of God might move through all of us.

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Robyn’s Dedication to Serve

CSS Volunteer and Supporter Finds Value in Giving Robyn Rehmann, volunteer at St. Francis House, long-time donor, and educator in Anchorage, has a deep history with CSS. Robyn and her husband Jim settled in Anchorage in the 70s. They used to respond to calls from the Alaska State Troopers when moose were killed along the…

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Aspiring Eagle Scout Gives Back

Kaulani Napoleon—an aspiring Eagle Scout—made one of the largest donations to RAIS this year. Kaulani collected hundreds of school supply kits sorted specifically for different age groups and donated them to RAIS (Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services) at Catholic Social Services yesterday.   

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HUGSS Makes a Difference

Shellene can always find time for her kids, and especially her kids’ education. Shellene is a single mother of three kids—a kindergartner, 4th grader, and a 6th grader. She works full-time at a local hospital and finds support with her kids from her mother and brother.