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It’s a new year and a great time to help Southeast Alaskan’s with dignity, care and compassion

As your local Catholic charity, Catholic Community Service’s mission is to live out the corporal works of mercy of the church. It’s been such an honor and privilege to continue good works with Christ’s love and your support.

It’s been a wonderful year for us at Catholic Community Service, and part of what made it wonderful was the chance to share our efforts to help those in need with parishes across the Diocese. This summer and autumn I had the chance to visit some of the parishes and talk with you about the services we provide:

• Our Southeast Senior Services with 11 senior centers helping more than 3,500 seniors with congregate meals, meals on wheels, and “Care-a-Van” rides, as well as other services like case management and caregiver supports.

• In Juneau, we provide Home Health, and Hospice services regardless of ability to pay.

• SAFE Child Advocacy Center services to children and families across Southeast, interviewing children who have experienced abuse, and supporting them and their family to pursue justice in the courts, safety and healing.

We provide care to all those we can, showing compassion to *everyone* regardless of who they are, because of who *we* are and the faith we have in our mission, our calling, and because we are rooted in Catholic social teaching.

We get to live out that unconditional love by ensuring *all* seniors age 60 and older are eligible for Senior Services, regardless of income or ability to contribute. Our staff provides hospice care to patients in their home day or night, sun or snow, to meet their need during their last days. And we are always on-call to provide Child Advocacy, to be sure abused children get help to move towards safety and health as soon as possible.
And you are all a part of it! Your prayers make such a difference. Your time volunteering to help us with services and to raise funds makes a real impact. And your generosity during the Diocese Special Collection this Fall was humbling—together you donated $20,000!

So, THANK YOU for all you do in helping us continue in our mission to live the corporal works of mercy. And thank you for welcoming me to your parishes. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

God Bless,
Erin Walker-Tolles
Executive Director,
Catholic Community Service