United Way Partners to Purchase New Homeless Shelter

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Missouri Slope United Way is opening up a new homeless shelter and leaving the old one behind. 

The United Way purchased a new homeless shelter as a solution to help the homeless and create jobs in the city. They have been leasing out 14 rooms in this downtown building after Ruth Meiers closed. 
Now they have a permanent location they can call home. 

“We serve over a hundred different people every month. So, there is a huge need and it’s men, women, and families. So, our new facility will actually be meeting 10 of 17 needs identified within the update to the long term plan to end homelessness,” said Jena Gullo, Executive Director of the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way.

United Way is partnering with Community Works of North Dakota as a co-owner of the space. 
 The building sits on 1.7 acres of land new shelter cost $540,000 and is said to be worth the wait.

More than just a homeless shelter, the building will act as a one-stop shop, including their programs such as the backpack program, book drive, job service training and more. 

“We hope that volunteers flood the center and be able to work with the poor, provide the services. One thing that is really important is that we want to build the skills of people. So, people, who want to work they should be able to have the opportunity,” said Gullo

United Way is raising money to expand the building.There is no set date on when the new shelter will be open.They will keep the downtown shelter open while the need is there.  
 

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