Brother Francis Shelter Honors Founders
Public invited to join Catholic Social Services on Sunday, Oct. 2
Brother Bob Eaton and Brother Dave Sifferman in 1983.
Anchorage —Catholic Social Services will be honoring Brother Bob Eaton and Brother Dave Sifferman for helping found Brother Francis Shelter. The community is invited to join CSS on Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 6:00pm-7:00pm at Brother Francis Shelter (1021 E. 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK).
Thirty-fivce years ago, Archbishop Francis Hurley heard of the work and accomplishments of Brothers Bob Eaton and Dave Sifferman with men and women experiencing homelessness in Spokane, Washington. Archbishop Hurley invited them to perform street ministry in Anchorage.
After being moved out of the first overnight shelter in 1983 for fire safety concerns, Brother Bob and Brother Dave essentially erected a tent city at the rose garden on the west end of Delaney Park Strip and invited those without a home to join them.
Mayor Tony Knowles worked with Brothers Bob and Dave and Archbishop Hurley to develop a permanent structure on Post Road through a federal development grant and assistance from the Anchorage Assembly.
After many years and many renovations, Brother Francis Shelter acts as more than a shelter by providing a safe place to sleep, a hot meal, clothing, access to medical care, volunteer opportunities, community-wide resources, and comprehensive case management.
Thanks to a contribution from two private donors in the community, a plaque commemorating the work of Brother Bob and Brother Dave will be unveiled at a celebration organized by the Brother Francis Shelter Advisory Council to shed light on the beginnings of Brother Francis Shelter.
About Catholic Social Services
Since its founding in 1966, Catholic Social Services has grown, and continues to grow, in response to unmet needs. CSS programs help over 21,000 children, families and individuals each year, regardless of their faith. CSS provides shelter, meals, employment assistance and medical care to those experiencing homelessness. CSS offers assistance to children and their families, helps immigrants and refugees adjust to life in Alaska, and serves people with disabilities. CSS is working to improve quality of life for the entire Anchorage community by advocating on behalf of its most vulnerable members. For more information visit www.cssalaska.org.
Catholic Social Services’ Brother Francis Shelter (established 1982) provides temporary, emergency shelter for men and women, an evening meal, use of shower and laundry facilities, case management services, advocacy, job readiness, and referrals for employment, permanent housing, mental health issues, and treatment options for alcohol and substance abuse. During FY 2016, Brother Francis Shelter provided 96,498 nights of stay and served 77,636 dinners to 3,688 men and women without a home. Among guests using comprehensive case management services, 39% moved into permanent housing.