homefortheholidays

Public Service Announcement

Because of the high numbers of families staying at the local shelters or being temporarily diverted or housed in local hotels, community leaders from local government, faith communities and non-profit service providers called an emergency meeting Friday, December 15th, 2014. Approximately 50 attended.

We continue working to strategically respond from many angles and we know that providing a home is our best chance at sustainably moving forward. This group is asking the community to provide 20 homes by January 1, 2015. We need landlords to allow families to move into existing units to make this happen.

This is an urgent need. Please help us find homes for our neighbors. 

There are a number of families in the shelters who have income, vouchers to pay rent, and case management to support their housing stabilization. These families or even single adults could move into housing (an apartment) if a landlord would accept the vouchers. There are incentives for the landlord/property management who rents to these families, including coverage for damage or lost rent through the Landlord Risk Mitigation Fund, and we have worked to make the process efficient for the landlord who has an available unit now.

If you have housing to rent and are interested in learning more, call Jen at 701.866.5533.

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To renters:

Holiday warmth is a cold promise if you are a homeless family. At least 20 families have the support to succeed, including access to a fund that insures the landlord’s property and rents.

If you have housing to rent, call Jen 701-866-5333.

For more information: http://www.fmhomeless.org (under Landlord Risk Mitigation Fund)

This is a partnership of Churches United for the Homeless, Central Cities Ministries, the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons and other emergency shelters. For more information contact Jane Alexander or Jen Engquist (CUFH), Rev. Sue Koesterman (CCM) or Laurie Baker (FM Coalition for Homeless Persons). 

open shifts starting sunday

Open shifts for Week 18. We would prefer to fill the bold shifts first, as without those we cannot keep the shelter open. Contact Dave Engstrom at 701.799.7550 with any questions. Training is available for any new volunteers.

Sign up at http://vols.pt/Bk596a

  • Sun 3/16: Woman, 11:30p-4:15a
  • Sun 3/16: Man, 11:30p-4:15a
  • Mon 3/17: Woman, 4-7a
  • Tue 3/18: Man 4-7a
  • Tue 3/18: Woman 4-7a
  • Tue 3/18: Man 8:30-11:45p
  • Tue 3/18: Man 11:30p-4:15a
  • Wed 3/19: Man 4a-7:30a
  • Wed 3/19: Woman 4a-7:30a
  • Wed 3/19: Man 8:30-11:45p
  • Thu 3/20: Woman 4-7:30a
  • Thu 3/20: Man 8:30-11:45p
  • Thu 3/20: Man 11:30p-4:15a
  • Thu 3/20: Woman 11:30p-4:15a
  • Fri 3/21: Man 4a-7:30a
  • Fri 3/21: Woman 4a-7:30a
  • Fri 3/21: Man 8:30-11:45p
  • Sat 3/22: Man 4a-7:30a
  • Sat 3/22: Woman 4a-7:30a
  • Sat 3/22: Man 11:30p-4:15a
  • Sat 3/22: Woman 11:30p-4:15a
  • Sun 3/23: Man 4-7:30a
  • Sun 3/23: Woman 4-7:30a

new service opportunity

Stepping Stones Resource Center provides homeless prevention and intervention services for transition age youth from ages 16-26 with most of the persons served just under age 22. Since opening in 2009, SSRC continues to see over 800 youth each year, serving as a drop-in center where youth can access basic needs (food, clothing, hygiene, winter gear, etc.) as well as utilize laundry, showers, safe day-time sleep space, computers, case management, education/employment assistance, life skills education and mental health services.

They also operate a 5 bedroom Transitional Living Program, and in the spring of 2014 will be opening ND’s first permanent supportive housing program with 21 single units and four 2-bedroom family units.

In working with youth who are engaged in survival sex to make ends meet, sneaking into apartment stairwells, walking around Wal-Mart all night, doing whatever they have to do to stay out of the elements—our staff began discussing the option of keeping SSRC open overnight 7 days a week. To keep this option open for youth for the remaining cold months, we will need to access overnight volunteers.

The guests who will utilize Extended Hours are pre-screened by our licensed social workers and most likely will be very familiar to the center. SSRC has the bedding, air-beds, couches, food, etc. we just need the overnight staff supervision.

Contact Sarah Kennedy for more information at 701.232.3301.                                           

Learn more about Stepping Stones Resource center online.

volunteer for week 14

Praise the Lord, all of the shifts for men are filled!
We are in need of at least eight women for the following shifts:

Tuesday, Feb. 18

  • 2am-8am: 1 woman
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  • 8pm-2am: 1 woman

Wednesday, Feb. 19

  • 2am-8am: 1 woman

Thursday, Feb. 20

  • 2am-8am: 2 women

Saturday, Feb. 22

  • 2am-8am: 1 woman

Sunday, Feb. 23

  • 2am-8am: 2 women

If you would like to take a shift, call Elwood Rieke at 701.293.0717.

volunteer for week 13

Just a few shifts left
Consider at least one shift for Week 13 (Feb. 9-16)

Monday, Feb. 10

  • 3am-7am: 1 female & 2 male
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  • 10pm-3am: 2 female

Tuesday, Feb. 11

  • 3am-7am: 2 male
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  • 10pm-3am: 2 female

Wednesday, Feb. 12

  • 3am-7am: 2 female

Friday, Feb. 14

  • 3am-7am: 1 male
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  • 10pm-3am: 1 female & 1 male

Saturday, Feb. 15

  • 3am-7am: 1 male

Sunday, Feb. 16

  • 3am-7am: 1 male

Questions? Contact Brenda Bauer at 701.371.4159.