Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS) provides a bridge for refugees (individuals who have had to flee their countries of origin due to the tragedies of persecution and war) from their former life experiences to the new skills required for success in the United States.  Through a focus on economic self-sufficiency, community integration, and a respect for unique cultures, history and traditions, RAIS creates an environment of compassion and encouragement for refugees to flourish. Below you will find items the program is currently in need of.

When donating please remember donations should be new or gently used. These items will not only support those in need but also empower them. Thank you!

If you have any questions, please contact Inha Fozekosh at

Clothing Items
  • Winter coats (adult S, M)
  • Winter gloves & hand warmers (all sizes)
  • Winter Hats
  • Winter scarves
  • Ice cleats (sizes S, M, L)
  • Snow boots (all sizes)
  • Children’s winter gear (for all items)
Household Items:
  • Brooms & mops
  • Cleaning sponges
  • Dish soap
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • New pillows
  • Tall trash bags
  • Toilet plunger & brush
  • Vacuums
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Couches (excluding sleeper couches)
  • Kitchen Tables and chairs
  • Lamps

Toiletry Items
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Body wash/soap
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
Miscellaneous Items
  • Gift Cards (Grocery store gift cards preferred)
  • Puzzles
  • Bicycles
  • Art supplies (crayons and paper preferred)
  • Oxford Picture Dictionary
  • Bus passes
Specific Food Items
  • Cooking oil
  • Pasta
  • Tomato paste
  • Salt & pepper

Are you interested in being updated with the Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services’ donation needs each month? Please contact Bridget Jochum at 907-727-7504 or

 Fresh International Garden (FIG) Program Donation Requests

As summer arrives, the Fresh International Garden (FIG) program participants are busy gardening at Grow North Farm. This means the children of FIG participants spend their mornings at the garden with their parents and incredible volunteers.

Our childcare volunteers need a few things to make sure the farm’s little ones stay happy and healthy while their parents tend their plots this year! We would love to add some gently used or new toys to our toy boxes. Do you have some items you might be able to share with the children in the RAIS program?

Here is a list of items we are hoping to gather:

  • Any outdoor toys: trucks, cars, buckets, soccer balls, soccer nets, beach balls, bubbles, chalk, picnic blankets, and sandbox toys
  • Play structures: small slides and small play structures
  • Canopy for rainy days!
  • Outdoor bins with lids
  • Crayons, markers, coloring books, books
  • Paper plates, paper cups and snacks and drinks

Donations are accepted Monday-Thursday, 1PM to 4PM and Fridays, 9AM to 4PM at Saint Francis House Food Pantry.

To avoid traffic congestion during pantry distribution hours, you may want to drop off donations after 1:00pm or anytime on Friday.

Contact & Location:
3710 E 20th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99508

Before gathering donations for the RAIS program, please coordinate with Bridget Jochum at 907-727-7504 or

If you have any questions about in-kind or monetary donations, please contact Amalie Couvillion at 907-222-7355 or email at

Thank you for supporting the RAIS Program!

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