“After a week or two of doing this type of stuff you want to break free of it."
ANCHORAGE- Every afternoon, Keith Tingberg sits outside Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission and writes down 30 names.
The names belong to men who will have a bed to sleep on for the night. Tingberg said sometimes there are more than 30 men in line and the extras are turned away.
“It doesn’t get any easier,” Tingberg said. ”Every time you have to do it, it’s a hard thing to do.”
Taurus Lapin is one of the 30.
“I’m happy I get to take a shower, get clothes, get socks, get some good food in my stomach,” he said. “After a week or two of doing this type of stuff you want to break free of it, but you don’t have any kind of sources, anything to reach out to and so it just builds up, gets on top of you and it just holds you down.”
Tingberg said he would like to see another, bigger shelter open, but said he doesn’t think it’s likely.
“That is the problem,” he said. ”There is no place to go. There’s no beds.”
Lapin said there are plenty of nights when he hasn’t been one of the lucky 30. He said on those nights, he’ll camp in an abandoned building with other homeless men.