The remodel to Kenai’s LeeShore Center kitchen and other upgrades at the shelter are thanks to a project that targeted deferred maintenance at 17 shelters around Alaska. The state put up $2 million, which was matched by the Rasmuson Foundation. Several other organizations and entities also made contributions for a total of more than $4.2 million for much-needed renovations in the shelters, according to LeeShore staff.
Shelter Manager Karen Stroh said the updated kitchen with a bigger island, new floor and walk-in refrigerator and freezer makes all the difference when up to 32 people (the shelter’s capacity) are using it on a daily basis.
Education Coordinator Barbara Waters said LeeShore saw 160 clients in fiscal year 2016 — 103 women and 73 children. They stayed for a total of 7,516 bed nights in the building that is coming up on 32 years old, she said.