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.

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 inside the Main Center as a fast track 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.

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: St. Francis House Food Pantry has converted to a fast track pantry. This means pre-packaged food boxes can be picked up at St Francis House. 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.

Volunteers: For the protection and safety of clients and volunteers, CSS has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all onsite volunteer programming, as well as the meals teams program.

Offsite volunteer programming remains active and should be held virtually. We will welcome back all our dedicated onsite volunteers once we are through this difficult time.

Other Ways to Support CSS

In times of need and uncertainty, community support can be a beacon of hope. Your support is needed now to help CSS and the people we serve affected by COVID-19.

CSS COVID-19 Relief Fund: Our community’s need is greater now than ever. As COVID-19 continues to alter lives, there is an increasing need for our services. The CSS COVID-19 Relief Fund will be used address these needs. Your donations are needed now.

In-Kind Donations: CSS is able to accept limited in-kind donations based on State and Municipal restrictions. To donate in kind needs, we ask that you order the below goods online and have them shipped to the respective program. Gift cards may also be mailed to the main center at 3710 E 20th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99508. Electronic gift cards can be emailed to Financial contributions are welcomed as well so that we can purchase the supplies needed. Thank you for your understanding!

Currently, our programs are in need of the following:

Brother Francis House and Clare House

  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Cleaners
  • Hand soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laundry Detergent

Clare House

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Food items (rice, bread, ramen juice, milk, cooking oil, spam, chicken, hamburger, children’s snacks)
  • Trash bags
  • Fabuloso
  • Dryer sheets
  • Fabric softener
  • Paper plates


  • Indoor activities (board games, puzzles, crosswords, cards, art supplies)
  • Personal hygiene Products 
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Snacks (candy, granola bars)
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Socks, hats, and gloves

St. Francis House Food Pantry

  • Non perishable food items
  • Small boxes or new reusable bags

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We continue to do our best to keep up with questions and inquiries. Thank you for your understanding!