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Churches Help House Homeless

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With the temperature outside getting colder by the day, it's important for everyone to have a warm place to sleep at night.

In the Bismarck and Mandan area the homeless population is increasing, which is why some new buildings in town will be helping house the homeless this winter.

Churches across the nation are used to welcoming in visitors for Sunday worship, now a handful of them in Bismarck and Mandan, will be welcoming in those who need a place to sleep at night.

"We've coordinated eleven churches so far to each take a week between November 11th, through February and they're going to be sheltering the families that have nowhere else to go," Jena Gullo with the United Way said.

One of the churches helping out with the growing need is Trinity Lutheran, they've even seen people camped out on their church lawn.

"We have a green space out there and once in a while we'll find someone who's created a little nest there and slept there overnight, once in a while we've found someone sleeping in the building," Pastor Steve Sathre said.

Lately the homeless shelters in the community are running out of room.

"We're working on collecting data from our homeless providers; Welcome House said yesterday they had to turn away five families who came to them and didn't have any place to stay," Gullo said.

Which is why Trinity Lutheran is helping out.

"As people of faith we believe we're here to bless the person, we're here to provide spiritual welcoming, but we're also here to take care of physical needs, if people need a place to stay we're happy if we're able to help," Pastor Paul Schick said.

While the shelters are in place to help the overcrowding, volunteers are still needed to help out the churches and also provide hygiene supplies and shower facilities.

"There's a lot of children who are homeless that are going to school everyday and not only are they not eating, they haven't had a roof over their heads but they're not able to shower," Gullo said.

A growing problem, in a growing community.

If you would like to help out you can visit the United Way's website at www.msaunitedway.org or call them at (701) 255-3601

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