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Announcing a new transition

Hello, I am writing to share some big news.  After much reflection, I have decided to take a new position – as the CEO of Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center.  It is an exciting opportunity for me to directly reconnect with my background in the healthcare field, while still serving some of the most vulnerable in…

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Working together to serve the homeless

Lisa DH Aquino | August 2021 | The North Star Catholic This month we find ourselves focusing on our children and young families as schools reopen for the fall. Back to school is often full of excitement, joy, and sometimes worry. Many parents purchase school supplies, read to their children, practice ABCs, and much more…

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CSS programs help refugees flourish with community support

Lisa DH Aquino | June 2021 | The North Star Catholic June 20th is World Refugee Day, a day celebrated internationally to honor refugees worldwide – those who have fled war, violence, conflict, or persecution, and have crossed an international border to find safety in another country. We spend this time celebrating the strength of…

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CSS Lenten food drive a success

Lisa DH Aquino | April 2021 | The North Star Catholic “The food is falling off the shelves.” You can imagine my delight and gratitude when our AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America), Katie Gordon, told me how crowded the shelves at St. Francis House Food Pantry were this week because we had so…

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Small acts of kindness help make our communities better places to live

Lisa DH Aquino | February 2021 | The North Star Catholic “None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”– Mother Teresa Mother Teresa’s words are so timely. Our city, our state, our country, and our world continue to…

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Helping Holidays: A strong tradition of giving and community support

Helping Holidays is a rich tradition that has taken place for over a decade, connecting the Anchorage community to families who need gifts during the Holiday Season. Helping Holidays pairs donors with clients from Catholic Social Services’ programs. During this season of gift giving, Helping Holidays helps to fill the financial gaps our neighbors face…

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A Successful Growing Season at Grow North Farm

Winter is coming to Grow North Farm. The garden beds are tucked in under a layer of burlap sacks, the paths are freshly wood-chipped and prepared for the coming frosts, and the last vegetables of the season are quickly selling out at the farm stand. After a whirlwind of a growing season, it feels like…