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Anchorage, Alaska

2010 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Anchorage Catholic Social Services
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Dr. Susan Bomalaski, director of Catholic Social Services, accepts the award from Director Mueller.

In Anchorage, Catholic Social Services (CSS) helped nearly 19,000 Alaskans in 2009 through collaborative community projects. CSS is one of the largest social service agencies in Alaska. The non-profit is dedicated to serving the poor, strengthening individuals and families, and advocating for a just community.

Its programs include Beyond Shelter, a collaborative project that assists unsheltered families with children in securing emergency housing when shelters are full, and that connects homeless families to the resources necessary to secure a place to call home.

CSS also runs the Brother Francis Shelter, which provides temporary, emergency shelter for men and women; an evening meal and use of shower and laundry facilities; case management services; advocacy; job readiness training; and referrals for employment.

It is also responsible for the Clare House, which provides temporary, emergency 24-hour shelter for expectant mothers and women with children. Residents receive daily meals and referrals for child care, substance abuse/mental health counseling, affordable permanent housing, employment, and continuing education opportunities.

In addition to helping longtime residents, CSS also acts as a bridge for refugees through its Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (RAIS) program. RAIS assists clients in obtaining a financially sustainable lifestyle in which basic needs can be fully met on a long-term basis. RAIS offers a wide range of bilingual and bicultural services and, in 2009, helped more than 1,064 new refugees—91 percent of adult clients found work within six months of arriving in the United States.

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FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
DCLA 2010

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2010 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2010 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk

- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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