Your support makes all the difference to our guests at Brother Francis Shelter. Your care and dedication helps us meet the needs of Anchorage’s most vulnerable people everyday. There are many ways to help at the shelter, including: donate in-kind supplies, make a financial contribution or volunteer your time.
We need you! Community volunteers do great things for our guests.
Many times, volunteers work alongside shelter guests to assist them in better serving their fellow shelter guests. Other times, community volunteers work independently or under the supervision of shelter staff.
Who volunteers at Brother Francis Shelter?
Ongoing volunteer needs at Brother Francis Shelter include assisting with the dinner service, helping guests shop in the clothing room, working in the computer lab and providing medical care in our Caring Clinic, among others. For a complete list, please view our current opportunities.
During the holiday season, we’re always in need of volunteers to help make this time of year special for our guests. Opportunities include:
- Thanksgiving dinner service
- Christmas Eve Mass dessert service
- Christmas dinner service
- Holiday gift wrapping
How to Volunteer
Become an Ambassador
Connect your church, school, workplace, family or any other group with Brother Francis Shelter. Help convey the shelter’s current needs and opportunities to help those in need.
We’ll provide you with the resources you need, and keep you updated with quarterly emails, so you can energize your community.
Collection Drives: Arrange collecting special items in need at the shelter to be distributed to the guests. (For example: razors, tube socks, warm gloves, shampoo & conditioner, Band-Aids, toilet paper, adult absorbent underwear; Q-tips, lotion, alcohol-free hand sanitizer, underwear, hand warmers)
Invite a Speaker to Visit
Homelessness is a complex condition, and we strive to educate the community about what the causes and cures of homelessness are. Want to learn what it’s like to live on the streets? Want to hear how Brother Francis Shelter provides new hope? We can come to your school, church, service organization meeting or anyplace in which your group wants more information about the services Brother Francis shelter provides. Contact Brother Francis Shelter Director Lisa Caldeira to set up a presentation.
Give Needed Supplies
View our wish list of current needs. Please drop off material donations from the wish list at:
1021 E 3rd Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Donate online or by mail. Please mail checks to:
Catholic Social Services
℅ Development Department
(Brother Francis Shelter donation)
3710 E. 20th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Please specify that you want the money to go to Brother Francis Shelter.