Local non-profit campaigns to prevent homelessness in the area.

Missouri Slope Areawide United Way hopes to raise $500,000 to keep it’s emergency homeless shelter in Bismarck open.

The money raised during the campaign will keep the shelter to open during the day, hire a shelter director, and fund programs. 

Since the opening of the shelter last year, the shelter housed 439 clients. 

The shelter holds up to 68 men, women and children and provides 9,730 nights of shelter from March through October, according to MSA United Way executive assistant Shawnel Maxwell. 

Marketing Manager, Amanda Schwieters, says the funds are much needed since the homeless rate is increasing. 

“Majority of our clients on an average stay about 11 nights at the emergency shelter,” Schwieters said. “That is because people come to us because when they are in a point of crisis and they only need a few nights to get off the streets into a warm, safe place.” 

The emergency shelter is also in need of clothes, toiletries and other items.

The campaign started in September and will end January 2019.

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