Temporary fix for homeless population in Bismarck-Mandan

Despite yesterday's denial of an emergency homeless shelter in Mandan, those working on the efforts aren't giving up.

Right now a temporary fix is in place. Depending on the night, homeless in the Bismarck-Mandan area meet at either Trinity Lutheran Church or Ministry on the Margins. There, they're given a meal, and a place to say at a local hotel. Many people from the community show up each night to help out. 

Volunteer Kate Brovold said, "Every night there's a group of volunteers that come down and do intakes and meet with everybody to see if they need referrals to resources or if they just need help with anything. And then we provide a taxi voucher to house them for the night."

Not only does Brovold volunteer here, she's started her own non-profit. It's called Austin's Mission, and her goal is to eventually have a permanent homeless shelter in the area. It may take around a year to complete, but in the meantime, she's helping out where she can. She sees the importance of having services like this in the community. 

"It's so important because our winters are terrible. And people can freeze. So, we want to make sure that everyone is safe and secure and we want to make sure that it's okay," said Brovold.

Organizations such as Youthworks and United Way are spearheading these efforts both with volunteers and funding. 


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