Domestic violence shelter seeks board candidates

The Women in Safe Homes (WISH) domestic violence shelter in Ketchikan serves Wrangell families too, and its board seat designated for a Wrangell member will be up at the nonprofit organization's annual meeting in February.

Kay Larson has served two terms representing Wrangell on the WISH board, and she is asking if anyone else in the community would want to serve in the seat.

WISH has operated a 24-hour shelter for domestic violence victims and their families since 1980, said WISH Executive Director Angel Moran, serving the communities of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Prince of Wales Island and Metlakatla. There are usually one or two Wrangell residents at the shelter every quarter, she said.

The 32-bed shelter is operating at about half-capacity under COVID-19 distancing protocols.

In addition to the shelter, WISH provides training at schools and family coaching, Moran said. The organization runs mostly on federal and state money, with some funding from the city of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

WISH is currently working with the city of Ketchikan to renovate a former state facility as a new home for the shelter. The current facility is old and not accessible for people with disabilities. The renovated building will solve those deficiencies, Moran said.

Anyone interested in the Wrangell board seat can go to the website for more information, or call 907-228-4099.


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