Bean's Café is a soup kitchen and day shelter for the homeless in Anchorage. We serve breakfast at Bean's on the third Monday of each month at 7:45am. Bean's also accepts donations of paper towels, toilet paper, bleach, coffee, tea, sugar, salt, flour, canned fruits and vegetables (no. 10 size), 33-gallon trash bags, bus tokens, books and magazines. Bean's Cafe is always in need of volunteers to assist with kitchen preparation, basic housekeeping, grounds keeping and maintenance work. Bean's Cafe website.
This shelter is for homeless women and children. Anchor Park's been helping at Clare House for over 15 years by providing a meal for residents. Currently, on the 3rd Friday, every other month, members provide meat dishes, salads, desserts, and loaves of bread. Clare House accepts donations of food, 2% milk, women's and children's clothing, toys, diapers, baby food and toiletries. Clare House website
(Fellowship In Service to Humanity) is an all-volunteer organization that provides three deals of meals to families temporarily without food or means. Anchor Park provides 240 cans of tuna fish each month for these specifically planned menus. A basket for donations is available by the church office. F.I.S.H website.
The Social Justice Ministry
This group came together as a response to our values of stewardship (of the earth and of our resources), justice (economic, political, gender, and sexual orientation), healing (between people, and of self), responsibility to others, and being agents of change. We use the United Methodist Book of Discipline and the Book of Resolutions as guidance in planning actions that bring attention to areas of concern. We are a small group of passionate people who seek to bring the mission of social justice that is a long-standing part of our heritage as Methodists, as first embodied in the way that John Wesley lived his life, alive within our congregation. Anyone who is concerned with Social Justice Issues and is interested in pursuing solutions, is invited to take part in our group. Members do not need to be formally nominated to participate in this group. Sherri Whitethorn email@example.com **We are always collecting tuna for F.I.S.H. and food items for the Willow Community.
The Nicaragua Mission
This mission works through an organization known as CDCA. Our team is a medical/veterinary team that travels to Nicaragua annually in November to bring medicine and aid to poverty stricken areas. What is the CDCA? The Center for Development in Central America (CDCA) is a non-profit organization seeking to address human needs created by poverty in the Western Hemisphere’s second poorest nation. Their belief is that people have the right to sanitation, health care, decent housing, clean water, food, education, work, and clothing.
Birchwood Camp is a year-round facility for ministry 20 miles north of downtown Anchorage. It's owned by the United Methodist Church and is under the direction of a Board of Directors composed of clergy and laypersons in the Anchorage area. Anchor Park members participate as Board members, camp counselors, maintenance help and as resource people for campers and staff. Birchwood website
The Brother Francis Shelter
Brother Francis Shelter was established in 1982 to provide temporary, emergency shelter for men and women; an evening meal, and use of shower and laundry facilities; case management services, advocacy and referrals for employment, housing, mental health issues, and treatment options for alcohol and substance abuse. It also offers a job readiness program. During fiscal year 2008, 56,621 nights of stay were provided to 3,025 homeless adults. Brother Francis Shelter @ 277-1731 Brother Francis Shelter Website
AA is a support group for adult alcoholics who desire to stop drinking and Al-Anon is a support group for loved ones of alcoholics. Chapters meet regularly at Anchor Park. AA website
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor—sweat equity—into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.90% of our construction labor comes from people just like you. Come spend a day with us and help give families new hope. No construction experience required. Come prepared to work both indoors and out. Sign up today on our website www.hfhanchorage.org or call (907) 272-0800.