When the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House closed its men’s emergency shelter last October, United Way agreed to provide short-term housing for homeless people in the Bismarck Mandan area through the winter.
As of Thursday, United Way decided to keep the doors of Sunrise Shelter open for what they expect to be a few years or more.
Right now the shelter is housing around 50 people, and they helped hundreds more this past winter.
We spoke with the executive director about why they made the decision not to close.
“If we don’t have a shelter, first of all, they’re not being cared for. Second of all, they’re going to be breaking into cars, and storage units, and apartment buildings. And they’re going to be flooding our jail system, which is really inappropriate when the majority of folks just need affordable housing, or they need services, or a combination of both,” says Jena Gullo, Executive Director, Missouri Slope Areawide United Way.
Sunrise shelter is fully funded on donations from the community, and if you want to donate or volunteer, click the link below.