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 Maddy Medina at 907-891-3752 or

Clothing Items
  • Winter coats (adult S, M)
  • Winter gloves & hand warmers (all sizes)
  • Winter Hats
  • Winter scarves
  • Ice cleats (sizes S, M, L)
  • 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
  • Twin and queen comforters (new or gently used)
  • Vacuums
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towel

Toiletry Items
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Body wash/soap
  • Deodorant
  • Hand lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Travel tissue
Miscellaneous Items
  • Gift Cards (Grocery store gift cards preferred)
  • Dining tables
  • Simple board games
  • Oxford Picture Dictionary
  • Bus passes
Specific Food Items
  • Beans
  • White rice
  • Black tea bags
  • Cooking oil
  • Honey
  • Pasta
  • Tomato sauce
  • Salt & pepper

Are you interested in being updated with the Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services’ donation needs each month? Please contact Maddy Medina at 907-891-3752 or

Donations are accepted Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the backside of the Main Center (20th ave side)

Catholic Social Services
3710 E 20th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99508
907-339-0488 Ext. 4

Before gathering donations for the RAIS program, please coordinate with Maddy Medina at 907-891-3752 or

Thank you for supporting the RAIS Program!

Make a Financial Donation to Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services