Quiet after the frenzy of the holidays is a welcome change for many Alaskans, but for those who live from paycheck to paycheck or are homeless, the quiet can mean less. Less public attention to donations of clothing, food and money during the coldest part of the year. In December, Lisa Aquino took the helm as executive director for Catholic Social Services, the organization that runs Brother Francis Shelter, Clare House and other assistance programs in Anchorage.
Aquino grew up in Anchorage in a family that spent lots of time helping out and donating to Brother Francis. Aquino says the needs of people at the shelter really haven’t changed since then – a warm coat, food and a safe place to sleep.