Local Businesses Helping Spearhead Effort for a Temporary Emergency Shelter

BISMARCK, N.D. – To address a significant and urgent need in the Bismarck-Mandan community, a group of local businesses and organizations have begun a funding drive to help the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way create a temporary emergency homeless shelter that welcomes men, women and children. While logistics of such a project are still being determined, fundraising to support such a facility are in full swing.

“Earlier this year, the emergency shelter for our area’s homeless population closed due to lack of funding”, said Patrick Finken, Odney, Inc., who is serving as a volunteer to help with fundraising and development of the project  “With winter upon us, the plight of the homeless has become dire with men, women and families resorting to living out of cars, sleeping in public places and surviving day-by-day. These poor souls are driven to these circumstances by economic, mental health and addiction issues. You can’t imagine how sad it is to have someone come to our front door asking for a cup of coffee and the chance to just get warm. We need to take action and we need to do it now.”

According to Jena Gullo, MSA United Way, “The local United Way and our partners have been trying to help as people come our way, but our two communities need a better solution that gets us through the winter and gives our community time to develop a more permanent solution. This group hopes to raise the dedicated funds needed to establish a temporary emergency shelter complete with 24/7 staffing and program managers.”

North Dakota is a tough place to be homeless, especially in the winter,” continued Finken. “We invite our local business community and concerned citizens to join us in our efforts to avoid a human tragedy and provide a safe, warm place for those less fortunate.”

To help, please send your check to:
MSA United Way
PO Box 2111
Bismarck ND 58502
Or donate online at MSAUnitedWay.org.
Make sure you designate your check or online gift to "Emergency Homeless Shelter" and 100 percent will go directly to this need.
For more information, please contact Patrick Finken at 701-222-8721 or Jena Gullo at 701-226-8456.

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