Brother Francis Shelter, a program of Catholic Social Services, is an emergency shelter for men and women in Anchorage without a home. We serve the homeless with dignity, care, compassion and with an emphasis on moving our guests toward self-sufficiency.
Most of our shelter guests want to transition out of homelessness, and our staff is trained and ready to provide them with every opportunity to do so.
We offer our guests access to a variety of different services and supportive programs to help them transition out of homelessness.
Services are provided on an equal opportunity, first come first served basis.
Day Services: clothing room, library, telephone and case management
Evening Services: Overnight baggage storage, dinner, showers, laundry, basic medical care, medicine storage, clothing room
Five days a week during the day and on a few evenings each week guests of Brother Francis Shelter has access to health care on site. Currently the clinics deals with: acute illnesses, wound care & skin infections, laceration repair, injuries, cough/colds/flu, sore throats, UTIs and more.
The medical respite program provides a space for the self-care and recuperation that patients who are discharged from medical facilities would have in their own homes and supportive case management services to address individuals’ homelessness. Guest-patients recovering from acute physical ailments or injury will access to a space to recuperate on a short-term basis.
Case Management provides guests the opportunity to receive personalized help in making and reaching goals to get back on one’s feet. Case managers utilize a collaborative process for assessment, planning, facilitation, and advocacy of coordinated services.
The In-House Program aims to provide guests with an opportunity to acquire work experience onsite. All duties help the shelter serve its guests. By participating in the In-House program, a guest learns valuable social and employment skills, while increasing their sense of self-worth.
Employed Guest Program
Guests in this program can stay at the Shelter during the day to sleep, or prepare for the upcoming shift at their job. Guests not in this program must leave the shelter for the day. This program is designed to help an employed guest get the rest needed to be successful at their payroll job, and to help the guest save money for permanent housing.
Special Events and Workshops
When available, the shelter serves as a location for outside community volunteers to host the following:
- Resume writing workshops
- Bible study
- AA meetings
- Photography workshops
- Improvisation theater workshops
- And more!
Admission to Brother Francis Shelter
We have certain criteria and requirements for our guests. Learn more about staying at the shelter.
Location: 1021 E 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Hours: 24 hours/day, 365 days/year
Phone: 907-277-1731 (front desk)
Lisa Caldeira, Program Director