Stories of Hope

The Cadillac of Can Openers

Written by Heather Resz, Case Manager with Homeless Family Services From a Shelter to a Home She walks in circles, talking to herself while she waits. Her meds help her manage day to day life. She has no phone, no address, no email, no Internet access, no transportation, no emergency contact, and no housing. She…

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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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50 Acts of Kindness

Today Angela and her friend Clo came by Brother Francis Shelter.  They were delivering 56 neck gators. Angela had started making neck gators for her parents, but she wasn’t able to finish before her father passed away.  The material sat there until her birthday this year.  To celebrate, Angela decided to do 50 acts of…

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Pets Can Be Food Insecure Too

Chris met Kari at the backdoors of the St. Francis House Food Pantry warehouse to unload more than 20 bags of pet food, most of which were 30 pounds each. Chris is the Program Director for our Food Pantry, and Kari is the owner of Dog Tired Doggie Daycare. “We met our 2018 goal!” she cheered….

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You’ve Made the Holiday Season Merry

Your generosity and kindness toward Catholic Social Services during the Holiday Season has been humbling.  We are immensely grateful to everyone who has donated to our neighbors in need – whether gifts, time, or financially.  Your support helps restore hope to thousands of Alaskans. Because of you, our family, friends, and neighbors in Anchorage are…

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This Little Light of Mine

Clare House is a place of light for mothers and children experiencing homelessness.  Their doors are open 24-hours a day, and Clare House staff comforts about 300 families yearly, connecting them to services and resources where they can find and maintain permanent, safe housing.  Donate to Clare House now! Stories of hope and compassion emanate from…

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Scared Scriptless: Laugh for a Cause

Is there anything better than laughing while supporting a great cause? Short answer: No, there’s not. This holiday season, local improv comedy troupe Scared Scriptless has picked Catholic Social Services as the recipient of the proceeds of their December show. It is on Saturday, December 22 at 8:00 p.m. at 49th State Brewing Co., located…

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Skinny Raven’s New Toys and Towels Drive

Skinny Raven, a local sports and lifestyle store, does a lot to support Anchorage nonprofits and help our community be healthy.  This year, Skinny Raven has decided to host a New Toys and Towels Drive for Catholic Social Services, and they want you to help them provide the toys and towels.  We are so grateful for their and your…

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Clean Feet and New Socks

Meet Judy, a volunteer at Brother Francis Shelter’s Foot Clinic, a program she helped start more than nine years ago. Judy had heard about nurses who would wash the feet of homeless men and women in Anchorage, and she wanted to join them. She smiles warmly when she remembers the first time she cleaned a…

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Haircuts and Hope

On August 31, I had the opportunity to meet Jierum, an amazing volunteer and a client at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services. Jierum was at Brother Francis Shelter, giving haircuts to people in the shelter.  He was with his friend, Ret. Judge Stephanie Rhoades, who is a Board Member of Anchorage Community Mental Health.  They…