‘Almost Home’ Profiles Homeless Young People

The new book “Almost Home” profiles the lives of six young people who experienced homelessness and found help and a path toward a brighter future through Covenant House, a national network of shelters for homeless teens.

The book was written by the President of Covenant House, Kevin Ryan and a former New York Times reporter, Tina Kelly, who is also a past volunteer at one of the shelters. The first profile in the book is of an Alaskan, a young man named Paulie. Tina Kelly says they were impressed by his graciousness and how he gave back to the community after a very tough start to life.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.