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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…

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Positive Covid-19 Cases at Brother Francis Shelter

In light of the recent cases among guests at Brother Francis Shelter (BFS) we feel it is important for you to hear from us regarding this news. We care deeply about the health and safety of clients and staff and we will continue to do all we can to keep each and every person safe. …

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Reflecting on community support and our work at CSS

Written by Robin Dempsy, Chief Program Officer I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy as we practice social distancing and hunkering down. If we haven’t met, my name is Robin Dempsey and I am the Chief Program Officer. As the Chief Program Officer, I have the privilege of working with…

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Saint Francis House transitions to a Fast Track Pantry

In response to COVID-19, St. Francis House Food Pantry has converted to a fast track pantry. Bronwen Nicholls, St. Francis House Food Pantry Director, and Jose Urrutia, Food Pantry Coordinator, took time to explain what this transition means to clients and staff. Pre-packaged food boxes are available for pick up at St Francis House (3710…

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Maintaining our connections and hope amid COVID-19 isolation

Opinion Piece by Lisa Aquino published by ADN on March 23, 2020 These are challenging days, but it is during this time we must find the drive in our spirit and the love in our hearts to reach out. We are connected, and we can stay connected through COVID-19 or anything else that may come….

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Volunteer Programs In Response to COVID-19

To Our Valued Volunteers: Catholic Social Services’ top priority is the health of clients, volunteers, and staff. With the confirmation of a COVID 19 case here in Anchorage, we are adjusting the way we serve clients and facilitate programs. As community advocates and loyal supports, we believe it is important our volunteers stay informed. Volunteer…