It’s been an eventful Legislative Session for all of us. As Executive Director of Catholic Community Service, I have advocated more with the Legislature this session than any since I began in May 2015. After all, Proverbs 31:8-9 call us to:
Open your mouth in behalf of the mute, and for the rights of the destitute;
Open your mouth, judge justly, defend the needy and the poor!
We are still waiting on actions that will determine how much support the State of Alaska will provide to its citizens, and what form that support will take. While I could share some of the letters and passionate speeches I’ve made out of concern for the most vulnerable among us, instead I’d like to ask you to help us to help one another, and those in need.
The biggest body of work we have here at Catholic Community Service is serving seniors with Southeast Senior Services.
I’ve talked with seniors all over Southeast over the past six months, and with Senior Benefits possibly defunded, and pending cuts to Medicaid and Adult Public Assistance, many seniors have been deeply worried about how they are going to make ends meet.
You probably already know Catholic Community Service provides congregate meals for seniors, meals on wheels for homebound seniors, and rides for those age 60 and older. We also offer case management and problem-solving for seniors and their caregivers.
So if you are a senior, or know a senior, who is struggling to meet their basic needs for food or shelter or having trouble accessing medical care or other needed help—please connect them to us!
Your local senior center is a great place to start! You can find contact info for your local senior center at http://www.ccsjuneau.org or call our Senior Caregiver Resource Center at 866-746-6177.
All help is free of charge.
Thank you so much for your help— whether it be your prayers, a donation, your time, or reaching out help connect those in need with the help we are blessed to share.
No matter what, Catholic Community Service will continue to live out the corporal works of mercy and reach out to help those in need.
Erin Walker-Tolles, Executive Director