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New Home in Fargo for Felons Leaving Jail

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Felons leaving jail will have some extra support as they try to adjust back into the community.

"My Father's House," a Minnesota faith-based non-profit group has partnered with the Jail Chaplins Ministry to lease a home for three of them in North Fargo.

There is a screening process for people that live in these homes. It has not been finalized.

Those that pass screening will be required to pay a portion of the rent. The home is expected to be ready Saturday.

Similar homes have been established in 25 locations across Minnesota. One of those is in Fergus Falls.

Judy Hubbes, who has lived in her home for 40 years, says, "Some people were worried about because the men had come from prison or something that there might be some problems."

But Matthew House, a place where felons have a chance to be reunited with faith, employment and the community, has eased those fears over the past few years.

"There's been no problems whatsoever," says Hubbes.

Amber Krafnick and her family even moved into their home, knowing the house was across the street.

Krafnick says, "It's had a really good reputation in Fergus Falls."

She believes it is just another house in the neighborhood. She sees their families come to visit and sees them help as if they were any other neighbor.

"You'll see them shoveling not just their area, but up and down the different streets," says Krafnick.

In the five years she has lived there, Krafnick says she cannot think of anything that would have called attention to the house. That means she is willing to defend expansion efforts.

She says, "People who are going to be there are just looking for another chance."

While neither Hubbes or Krafnick know how the house will affect communities in Fargo, they do say it is worth trying to embrace.

"If communities can just embrace that and offer them the same chance, it'll be a really big success," says Krafnick.

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