Providing Help, Creating Hope


What do the Brother Francis Shelter, Clare House, and the Charlie Elder House have in common? They all provide shelter to those in need, and are backed by Catholic Social Services (CSS). Brother Francis Shelter provides overnight shelter for men and women in Anchorage 365 days of the year. Clare House serves as a homeless shelter and progressive housing for women and children, and the Charlie Elder House creates a positive home environment for homeless teenage boys. An organization focused on providing “a wide range of human support services related to the basic necessities of life,” CSS provides more than shelter, operating the St. Francis House Food Pantry, and providing family disability, pregnancy support, adoption, refuge assistance, and immigration services.

Every night, CSS shelters almost 500 people at Brother Francis Shelter and Clare House, and now has an exciting partnership to shelter an additional 30 women at the Downtown Soup Kitchen. If you would like to help keep someone warm and comfortable this season, please consider donating new blankets to Brother Francis Shelter. You can do this through the CSS Amazon wish list and the blanket will be shipped directly to the Shelter! Check out the CSS website to learn more about their program and how you can work with them to support our community. 

The article is the third in CRW's Holiday Season of Giving Back series. Our goal is to increase awareness of local non-profits who help the less fortunate, with the hopes that it will gain them more resources to improve our community.