Brother Francis Shelter will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner feast for those in need this week.
Shelter executive director Monte Hawver says the Spouse’s Association organizes the dinner and the shelter staff serves it.
The meal is available for those who don’t have their own table to sit down at.
“Some of ‘em are fishing folks that come and go and just aren’t able to afford a place of their own because of the high cost of living here, especially this year with the horrific salmon season that we had, and so I think it gets around that people care what happens to ‘em especially during the holidays and they know it and appreciate it.”
Hawver says, as with anyone, the holidays can be a difficult time for the transient population.
“We stay open Christmas day so that they’re not wandering around town on Christmas. We’d rather have ‘em relax, and we’ll have a meal for ‘em and a lot of ‘em will sleep the day away and would rather just wake up after Christmas. Others don’t tend to be affected as much.”
The Thanksgiving dinner will be at the Brother Francis Shelter at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.