Normally, you’ll see generous donations being made to hospitals for resesarch or new equipment.
But today, it was the other way around.
Employees at Vibra Hospital in Mandan pooled together over $2,000 during their annual Christmas party last year. And it was no question where that money would go. They immediately decided on United Way’s emergency shelter.
“We view ourselves as community partners, and we really want to be able to give back to the local community here to assist in a population of people that we serve here in our hospital,” said the hospital’s CEO Glynda Sauviac.
United Way’s director Jena Gullo added, “It’s amazing to know that the hospital staff truly understands the issue of homelessness. They’re the ones that are dealing with the homeless almost every day.”
Gullo tells us that since moving the shelter to the Sunrise building downtown, they have provided over 1,000 nights of shelter to 97 men, women, and children.