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 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. Saint Francis House is adding senior only pantry hours from 1:30p – 2:30p Monday – Thursday.


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.

Offsite volunteer programming remains active and should be held virtually.

In-Kind Donations

CSS is able to accept limited in-kind donations. To keep clients, staff, and donors safe we ask that you follow updated instructions to donating goods. You can also see a list of our current needs below.

Drop-off Instructions

Clare House donation drop-off guide:

  • Donations must be new or gently used.
  • Donations are being accepted from 10:00a – 5:00p, 7 days a week
  • Donors are asked to call ahead to Clare House (4110 Spenard Road) at 907-563-4545 ext. 100
  • Staff will leave a receipt outside door before you arrive if requested
  • Ring intercom buzzer. You will be asked to leave the donation outside the door.

Saint Francis House Food Pantry, Brother Francis, Homeless Family Services, and RAIS donation drop off guide:

  • Donations must be new or gently used.
  • Donations are being accepted from 9:00a – 4:00p on Fridays
  • Donors can leave donations in the shopping carts at the 20th Ave. side of the Catholic Social Services building (3710 E. 20th Avenue). One cart will be designated for food and the other will be for non-food items.
  • If you would like a receipt, you can contact Molly Cornish at or 907-222-7340and we can scan and/or mail one to you.
  • Please label donations for RAIS or HFS if they are intended for those programs.

Current Needs

All of our programs are in need of the following:

  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Cleaners
  • Hand soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laundry Detergent
Clare House
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Food items (rice, bread, ramen, eggs, juice, milk, cooking oil, spam, chicken, hamburger, children’s snacks)
  • Trash bags
  • Fabuloso
  • Dryer sheets
  • Fabric softener
  • Paper plates
  • Toothpaste
  • Women’s deodorant
Brother Francis Shelter
  • 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
  • Bike Locks

St. Francis House Food Pantry
  • Non perishable food items
  • Small boxes or new reusable bags
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Toilet paper, laundry detergent, hand soap
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Rice, dried beans, oil, lentils, flour, sugar, black tea
  • Gift Cards (Walmart or Fred Meyer)
  • Gardening Soil