Catholic Social Services is hosting an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Clare House facility on Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4110 Spenard Road.
“Our new Clare House location has been open for six weeks and has already served 43 homeless families in crisis, Susan Bomalaski, Catholic Social Services’ executive director, said in a press release.
Clare House is decorated with works from three Alaska artists thanks to a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. Evon Zerbetz created a piece for the children’s play area in the community room, Sara Tabbert made an original piece for the lobby area, and Julie Matthews created a mosaic for the donor recognition wall. Additionally, there will be stained glass pieces of St. Clare and St. Monica commissioned by a donor and created by Alaska artist Dru Malone.
The Clare House program was established in 1983 and is a 24-hour emergency shelter for women with children and expectant mothers. Program participants are provided with basic needs for their families that include food, clothing, and safe shelter for up to 30 days. Longer stays of up to two years are available for women interested in participating in the Clare House “progressive housing” program.
Case managers are available to work with families to help them secure permanent housing. During the past year, 430 individuals utilized 15,167 bed nights at Clare House.