As I write this I sit waiting to hear if there is any chance of funds being put back towards critical services, like homeless shelters, by our state government. This has been a summer of turmoil and questions.
Our refugee clients are the “stranger,” and we at Catholic Social Services are honored to welcome them as neighbors and friends, to know them, and to hear their stories and experiences that inform and richen our lives.
I think of Catholic Social Services as the arms of the parishes here in Anchorage. Each of our programs and services came from people like you seeing need in our community and creating services to help.
When an unexpected loss comes, there are no easy answers. Right now, we’re grappling with the possible loss of state grants for services related to homelessness, due to the proposed changes in Alaska’s budget.
If you choose to contribute by volunteering, you will see the work of our staff using the trauma-informed care model.
Each new year, we’re challenged to follow a path to bright and fulfilling days. I, for one, will use the staff at Catholic Social Services as my guide in 2019.
My family will tell you that one of my favorite movies is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Every time I watch it I shed a joyful tear thinking about the gift that each of us is to others.
There are many children who are in need of support and families who need connection. We at Catholic Social Services (CSS) are working to support them.