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Ketch as Ketch Kan

“It’s a shelter, and we don’t turn anybody away,” says Evelyn Erbele, chair of First City Homeless Services. The organization’s Ketchikan, Alaska, day shelter received 365 visitors last year, including tourists. Tourists? “Sometimes some of the stores are not open really early, [so] sometimes people will come up here and get coffee and just hang out,” said shelter services manager Chris Alvarado. Erbele said many of the tourists are drawn by the availability of a restroom, but some stay for snacks and TV. Most of the tourists don’t donate to the shelter, which receives both public funds and private donations. (AC/AP) ...Go to Alaska. Visit the homeless shelter.
Original Publication Date: 22 May 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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