ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - For the first time at the Brother Francis Shelter, overnight guests will sleep on beds Saturday night.
"We used to have mats that laid on hard plastic risers so you were only about 12-14 inches off the ground," says Program Director, Lisa Caldeira.
Dozens of volunteers spent the day putting together 44 bunk beds for the facility. purchased through a grant, the bunks were made in Oregon and are bed bug resistant.
"We are often one on top of the other here, so it's really great to create more space between people," Caldeira says.
The shelter has a 3 to 1 ratio of men to women and the bunks will be split for use among both groups.
Caldeira says the new additions will help with space and there are plans for more secure storage areas for those staying overnight.