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Shelter faces $170,000 construction project, kitchen to close

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For the past couple of years, homeless shelters in Fargo-Moorhead have reported record high numbers.
They say it can be a problem trying to fill everyone's needs.
But there's one shelter that says its problem just got a whole lot bigger and it needs the community's help to fix it.

With over 100 beds, New Life Center director Rob Swiers says this past summer the shelter has never seen so many people looking for a bed.

"The state has a good economy and this is what you get people coming here looking for jobs," says Swiers.

With only a handful of cities in North Dakota with shelters, he sees the situation only getting worse.

"We just can't fit folks in and it's not a matter that we don't want to help, there's no room at the inn," says Swiers.

But the inn here, just found itself a bigger problem,

"The water was over here," says Swiers.

This past June, the basement suffered severe flood damage.

"We had a sewage back up and because of this, we are now just getting it fixed," says Swiers.

Meaning for the next five weeks the basement will be closed which includes dormitories, laundry, and the kitchen.

"We will need to find guys to help us feed people. Any donations will help because the kitchen will be closed," says Swiers.

He says the help to feed about 75 mouths a day would help dramatically as the cost to fix the basement came unexpected.

"This is going to cost $175,000. It's not in our budget to fix it but we will try to fix it," says Swiers.

Fixing at least one of the problems the center here is now dealing with.

"There's no place for folks to go. We need to fix that," says Swiers.

If you would like to help feed the people at the shelter over the next 5 weeks or even make a monetary donation, give Jennifer Swiers a call at 701-235-4453 or email jennifer.swiers@fargonlc.org

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