Catholic Social Services’ top priority is the health of clients, volunteers, and staff. In response to COVID-19, we are adjusting the way we serve clients and facilitate programs in order to provide the best care possible during this challenging time. Learn more about the impact of our COVID-19 response, check out the blog for more of our latest news, and please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Program Updates

Catholic Social Services Main Center: Our Main Center (3710 E. 20th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99508) will only be open to employees at this time. St. Francis House Food Pantry is still operating outside the Main Center as a mobile food pantry where clients can pick up a prepacked box of food.

Shelters: Clare House and Brother Francis Shelter remain open and serving guests. Both shelters have put safety measures into place to protect staff and residents. Learn more about the measures in place at Brother Francis Shelter to ensure the health and safety of our high-risk guests during the pandemic.

In-Home Services: In-home care and services will continue. If possible, we will provide our case management in home care via telephone and email.

Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services: All Welcome Center in-person classes and lessons are suspended.

St. Francis House Food Pantry: As of February 8, 2021, St. Francis House Food Pantry is operating from a new location to offer drive-thru or walk-up service only. There will be no inside services from the pantry. Hours remain the same. Shoppers should always bring their ID when visiting the pantry. First-time shoppers will be asked to complete this form upon arrival. Shoppers may bring the form already completed or fill it out when they arrive.

Download a map of the new location


We are slowly welcoming volunteers back on a case by case basis. All volunteers will be screened for COVID-19 before they enter CSS facilities and must wear a mask, and keep 6 feet of space between themselves and others. We also ask that all volunteers sign and return the COVID-19 Volunteer Policy.

Offsite volunteer programming remains active and should be held virtually.