Amid rising costs and growing need, a well-known Anchorage homeless shelter, which gets people off the streets on a daily basis, will now save even more lives with a new medical healthcare and recovery space.
On Friday, Brother Francis Shelter unveiled its newly-improved Caring Clinic, located within the shelter. A new space designated to medical respite has 10 beds for “medically fragile” individuals to recuperate from acute illness or injury.
Data from a pilot medical respite program, which is based on a setup outside of Alaska but is not a mirror of it, showed that approximately 80 percent of individuals involved in the program did not return to homelessness.
The Caring Clinic as a whole is primarily meant for general healthcare, specifically for those individuals who are most in need and at risk within the community. The clinic has been run by volunteers for more than three decades, with medical professionals offering their skills on their own time.
Providence Health and Services Alaska will be providing homecare services to Brother Francis Shelter patient-guests, according to Catholic Social Services, the parent group that runs Brother Francis Shelter.