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Everything Is about Community

Five women sat on folding chairs in a circle at the Welcome Center, a building dedicated to our Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS) program.  They chatted and laughed loudly, clearly good friends. Those gathered were Meg, Diane, Shirley, Ingrid, and Peggy – each volunteer teachers for newly resettled refugees.  Their classes focus on the…

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Charlie Elder House Transition

We are honored and excited to announce that as of October 15, 2018, Charlie Elder House will be transitioned to our partner, Covenant House Alaska. As partners dedicated to serving people who are vulnerable in our community, Catholic Social Services believes Covenant House Alaska will be a wonderful partner to lead Charlie Elder House –…

KTUU Giving Tuesday: Tessa Wilson, St. Francis House Volunteer News

Alaskans Volunteer for Giving Tuesday

Alaskans volunteer for Giving Tuesday via KTUU ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – There’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday but perhaps the most important is Giving Tuesday; a global day of giving. And Alaskans give big, and not by just reaching into their pockets. Volunteers are a major part of Catholic Social Services Last…

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Proposed ordinance to fine nonprofits with excessive 911 calls

84% of emergency services costs at Brother Francis Shelter come from you in the community Brother Francis Shelter is full almost every day of the year—some days serving beyond ideal limits of 300 plus to help those who need a home and hope. We are working with the entire community to seek new models, partnerships…

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SNAP Reduces Hunger

ESSENTIAL ROLE IN FOOD SECURITY NETWORK The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is an integral cornerstone of the food security network in Alaska and across the nation. SNAP reduces food insecurity by providing low-income individuals and families who desperately need assistance to purchase food at grocery stores, food outlets and farmers markets. SNAP is extremely…

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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.