funding new mattresses


FM Sheltering Churches is hoping to replace 50 mattresses used for overflow sheltering by March 15, 2016.

Our total goal is $2500 which will purchase 50 mattresses at $50 apiece.

Gifts can be made online. Just visit the GoFundMe campaign and make a donation safely and securely for any amount.

Checks can be sent to Central Cities Ministries at PO Box 1912, Fargo ND 58107. It is very important that the memo line for checks indicate FM Sheltering Churches. 


full-time case management positions

Have you ever considered working full-time assisting those currently experiencing homelessness, or who are on the verge of it?

Presentation Partners in Housing (PPiH), a ministry sponsored by the Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is looking for three full-time Housing Navigators.

Navigators will provide case management through the use of Housing First, harm reduction and strengths-based models. Each navigator will have a 10-person caseload ranging from prevention to chronically homeless individuals. These solutions-focused professionals will help their clients with complex and frequently occurring issues in accessing and maintaining housing.

These positions will collaborate with housing organizations and regional support services to educate the public on issues related to homelessness.

Available positions:

  • Lead Housing Navigator
  • Housing Navigator
  • Housing Navigator


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, counseling or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience
  • Valid driver’s license


  • Salary: $48-$52,000, plus benefits
  • Flexible hours to meet program needs (including some evenings and weekends)
  • Some outdoor work required

Send résumé and cover letter by Jan. 4, 2016 to

Week 3 (Thanksgiving week) volunteers needed

In search of at least five more male volunteers to cover critical* shifts Nov. 22-28, 2015.

  • Sunday, 11/22: man, 11:30 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Monday, 11/23: man, 11:30 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Thursday, 11/26: man, 11:30 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Friday, 11/27: man, 4-7:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, 11/28: man, 4-7:30 a.m.

*Critical shifts are those that have NO volunteer signed up. We need at least one male and one female volunteer for every time slot. If we do not have the proper staffing, we cannot open the overflow shelter.

There are twelve additional openings for both men and women during these dates as well.

Sign up now >

Contact Dave with questions at 701-799-7550 or

volunteer for the wilder survey

The 2015 Wilder Survey of Homelessness in Fargo-Moorhead will take place Thursday, October 22. The survey relies on volunteers to interview people experiencing homelessness.

Volunteers will receive training (either online or in-person) and will be asked to take a two-hour shift (consisting of 30-40 minute interviews). As a volunteer with the FM Sheltering Churches Project, you are better-prepared than most to witness and record these amazing and often heart-wrenching stories.

Consider signing up, and inviting a friend.

Volunteer Now

After you sign up, the volunteer coordinator will notify you of the training opportunities, your interviewing assignment and location, and of the time and place of the Friday event. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to process your experience, give and receive support to other volunteers and learn something of the overall picture on Friday, October 23. 

For more information contact Laurie Baker, Executive Director of FM Coalition for Homeless Persons via email or by calling 701-715-2648.

march volunteers needed

March 1-8: will you be one of them?

Shifts with no scheduled volunteers are critical to fill, but we look forward to filling ALL shifts, that we may best serve our guests.The following shifts need to be filled in order for the shelter to open:

  • Monday, 3/2: Man, 11:30pm (until 4:30am Tuesday)
  • Tuesday, 3/3: Man, 11:30pm (until 4:30am Wednesday)
  • Friday, 3/6: Man, 4-7:30am
  • Friday, 3/6: Woman, 4-7:30am
  • Friday, 3/6: Man, 8pm-midnight
  • Friday, 3/6: Man, 11:30pm (until 4:30am Saturday)
  • Saturday, 3/7: Man, 8pm-midnight

There are fifteen additional shifts to fill as well.

Contact Dave with any questions at (701) 799-7550 or

local students invite community to look at housing solutions

MSUM students are inviting local pastors, parish nurses, church sheltering coordinators/volunteers, youth pastors, shelter directors and others to come together for a one hour conversation.

4-5pm, Tuesday, February 17th
Butler Room, YWCA Shelter
3000 University Drive, Fargo

The conversation will focus on working together to increase access to affordable housing.


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.


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: (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).