Mission: Advocate and offer social service opportunities for all southeast alaskans, emphasizing social justice and compassion.
Programs: Southeast senior services: through its southeast senior services division, catholic community service promotes the health, independence, and quality of life of seniors living in southeast alaska. The nutrition, transportation and services grant and partnerships with local tribes and communities provides the means for the agency to provide 1,662 seniors with over 110,467 hot, nutritious meals through the network of 12 senior centers. Over 1,411 seniors and people with disabilities obtained over 94,010 rides in order to access vital community resources.
child care and family resources: catholic community service provides children's behavioral health services under the auspices of the a healthy future program (focusing in therapeutic foster care and related clinical and rehabilitative services for severely emotionally disturbed children) and the eclipse program (focusing on clinical and rehabilitative services for very young severely emotionally disturbed children). In fy 2014 the program provided an estimated: 2,891 days of therapeutic foster care, 36,239 15-minute units of rehabilitative service, 5,935 30-minute units of clinical services; 5,798 15-minute units of case management services and behavioral health services provided to 114 unduplicated children.
hospice and home care: provides nursing and therapy services for homebound patients and care for the terminally ill and their families at home or in a home-like setting in juneau, alaska. Number of clients receiving care and services during this reporting period is 226 unduplicated patients plus 26 repeat patients for 3,698 nursing and therapy visits.
She had gobs of black liner, wrinkles beyond her age and tattered cloths, but her eyes, her eyes would not leave me as I placed a pastry on her paper plate. My eight year old daughter asked her if she'd like another, as she slowly bent down at the Salvation Army, she said no thank you, how about you give it to another in line. She smiled as she left with her plate and said, "thank you for bringing your daughter to the soup kitchen."
My fourteen year old son was serving plates of apples and applesauce at the end of the line. He told me later that so many (hundreds) didn't want the delicious fresh apples he had cut. No, he said their teeth were too rotten and one has said it hurt to eat. They wanted them, but fresh apples hurt too much to chew.
After gathering our pastry cart, withthe two hour free dinner for the homeless finished in Olympia, I got a tap on the shoulder and the most beautiful look from behind smeared eye makeup and leathery skin. "God bless you Ma'am for helping, and for bringing your children here." And that. That look of thanks, That understanding my son has if not being apple to eat apples due to teeth aching constantly. That lifting of fear of pealed away from my eight year old daughter, when she sees another woman on the streets going through a garbage can with black smeared makeup. I know compassion is taught, as it is learned, and no thanks is more heartfelt than helping someone understand need. The kids asked if we could go help next week. And my heart is full as a Mom.