The Welcome House has been in Mandan for 9 years now, serving a growing homeless population in our region.
Welcome House typically helps families struggling to afford housing.
One family moving in on Monday has a 6 year old, 4 year old and 7 month old.
The homeless organization, like so many, needs funding to keep providing services.
Today is their first annual Docs, Crocs, and Frocs event in Bismarck.
Jon Schaeffer explains what exactly that means.
Before 8 AM Saturday morning-- 8 docs, 8 crocs and 8 frocks got together for a friendly competition.
(Brenda Kriedeman/ Welcome House) "Docs for doctors, crocks from lawyers, and frocks for pastors.The crocs stands for fighting for justice for the lawyers so we'll get that straight right away. What they're doing is they're swimming and running and walking and biking."
Two members from each team did one event--(NAT) The catch--there was no first or last for any of the events. It's all about who can raise the most money for the home. (NAT)
"They had to raise money each walker each athlete and then at the end of all of it we meet at Good Shepherd and we're going to have a little brunch and the one who got the most wins a prize."
Brenda says that right now the Welcome House can really use the help. These people participating today were more then happy to lend a hand even if there is no gold medal at the finish.
(Paul Herr/Pastor "Frocs") "It's a great event. It's a great cause. Welcome House. to helping people who are homeless to get into a place short term, but not just short term for long term because that's what they're looking at doing to sustain their ability to live in a place ongoing and it's a perfect opportunity for people to get out and have some fun."
As these athletes complete their task(NAT)--the real winner in all of this--is the Welcome House and those it serves.
The welcome house's goal was to raise twelve thousand dollars--They ran circles around that raising thirty thousand and thirty five dollars.
The staff is still taking donations.