Dedicating New Space for Medical Recovery at Brother Francis Shelter
Healthcare and Homelessness Partnership
Anchorage — Today, Catholic Social Services is honoring the groundbreaking partnership with the major Anchorage hospitals along with community and city partners who have come together to work on ending homelessness. A new space for Medical Respite and renovations to the Caring Clinic at Brother Francis Shelter will address healthcare among those in great need and the rising service costs for all Alaskans.
Initial data from our pilot Medical Respite program show that approximately 80% of individuals involved in the program did not return to homelessness after staying in respite. The program will offer 10 beds for medically fragile individuals to recuperate from an acute illness or injury. Providence Health & Services Alaska will provide skilled home care services to BFS patient-guests.
The Caring Clinic for basic medical care has been run by volunteers at Brother Francis Shelter for over 30 years, with medical professionals providing basic healthcare needs for guests on their own time. Southcentral Foundation is working in partnership with CSS to expand hours at the Clinic and support a healthcare provider regularly for all clients at Brother Francis Shelter.
Finally, the expanded Caring Clinic would make it easier and more accessible for guests at Brother Francis Shelter to seek medical treatment, but for appointments that must be conducted at the hospital—like x-rays and other exams—we are looking to have transportation available.
The design, construction, and high-grade renovations for both the Medical Respite program and the Caring Clinic were provided at no cost to Brother Francis Shelter. “The volume of work that went into the clinic space and the respite program workspace is beyond anything expected, and we are grateful for the tremendous amount of time and resources that went into this project,” said Lisa Aquino, CSS Executive Director.