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New Director At Crookston Shelter: "It's A God Thing"

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  Homeless families are becoming a growing problem at area shelters. The Care and Share Homeless Shelter in Crookston is seeing more and more families at their door.

  Outgoing director Carol Gregg says she’s learned to stretch a dime into a quarter during her 8-years as director at Care and Share, helping folks, who find themselves down and out.

Carol Gregg, Retiring Director: “Sometimes it’s just a combination of years of struggling.”

  Gregg recalls one of her biggest successes, when a couple with 8 children showed up at the Care and Share with no place to live. Today, that family is doing well.

Carol Gregg: “Actually, he called this year just to report that now, they were in the Cities and things were going well for them.”

  Unfortunately, Gregg says they’re seeing more homeless families because of unemployment and rising rental costs. Plus, there are others here battling problems with drugs and alcohol. Debbie says she’s been clean and sober now for 30 days.

Reporter: “Are you feeling better about life?”

Debbie: “Yes. Yes, I am.”

  After 27-years on the Grand Forks Police force, Sue Shirek is now taking over as director.

Sue Shirek, New Director: “I want to help them be successful in life. I think it was a God thing that I got brought here. I wasn’t looking, it found me.”

Shirek says she’ll continue with the shelter’s overall mission of getting people back to work and in homes. However, she says she’ll be working to add more in house programs to help people with that goal.

Sue Shirek: “Sometimes it’s mental illness and they feel comfortable here. So, I’d like to bring some of the programming in and develop more programming for the families, more skill based things to help people get the GED’s and jobs faster.”

   The Care and Share Shelter in Crookston relies on local donations for the majority of its funding. The director says 60-percent of its 350-thousand dollar a year budget comes from local donations to serve 300-people a month.

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