Homeless

Homeless shelters make adjustments amid coronavirus concerns

In 2018, more than 3,000 people received homeless services either in Cass or Clay Counties

FARGO, N.D. — With social distancing becoming the temporary norm, homeless shelters across the metro are looking for ways to serve their guests while keeping them safe. Some shelters have made adjustments like discontinued onsite meal services and limited access into their buildings. Some are also screening guests for symptoms as they come through the doors. An official at the…

Domestic violence survivor grateful at YWCA Championship of Empowerment event

A woman also spoke about how YWCA helped her after leaving an abusive relationship.

FARGO, N.D.- Kim knows what hell looks like. She experienced it for 10 years at the hands of the man who promised to love and respect her. “I started dating my husband in high school and I became pregnant with our first kid. It became a cycle of cheating and leaving and coming back and that turned into being abusive…

Homeless Memorial Day Walk and Service In Remembrance

That's why the mayors of Fargo,West Fargo, Dilworth and Moorhead declared that the 21st of December be Homeless Memorial Day.

FARGO, N.D. — December 21 is the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. Over the past 20 years in the FM area, more than 200 people have either died or had their lives shortened from experiences with homelessness. That’s why the mayors of Fargo,West Fargo, Dilworth and Moorhead had declared that the 21st of December…

Nearly a Dozen People Homeless in Hankinson Apartment Fire

The Red Cross is assisting those needing housing.

HANKINSON, N.D. (KFGO) – 11 people are homeless after fire gutted their apartments in Hankinson. Fire departments from 8 communities responded to the fire shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday in the apartments above Posts Hardware on Main Avenue. Richland County Emergency Management Director Brett Lambrecht says there is extensive damage to the second floor on the back end where the…

Churches United Showing Off Changes Made Over Past Year in Open House

They homeless shelter opens its space to the public every other year

  MOORHEAD, Minn. — Of all the different ages, genders and races that sleep over at Churches United on any given night, there’s one thing they can all relate to. “The one common denominator that we have found in everybody who comes here is the lack of support systems,” said Babs Coler, chief development officer at Churches United. It’s something the…

Fargo Filmmakers Show Homelessness in North Dakota in First Chapter of “Home” Series

The series is split into 12 chapters

FARGO, N.D. — A new docuseries is taking a look at what a non-profit calls North Dakota’s homelessness crisis. “Home” is split into 12 chapters. Filmmakers Sean and Sonya Coffman with The Human Family premiered the first chapter at the Fargo Library. Sean says the idea came to him and his wife during his wife’s time volunteering at a local homeless…

Fargo North Juniors Gain Perspective in Poverty Simulation

groups were given a case study and had to use community resources to help them throughout the exercise

FARGO, N.D. — Juniors at Fargo North High School are learning to empathize with our area’s homeless population. The students were provided different case studies and scenarios as part of a poverty simulation. Each one is meant to help them understand what it’s like living on a lower income or budget and what they must do to meet their basic needs….

YWCA Helping the Homeless Find Shelter During the Cold

Many Homeless Shelters reaching full capacity during this time

FARGO, N.D. — Recent weather conditions are both unsafe and unsettling for most people in the area, but they particularly provide an obstacle for the homeless. Local shelters, like the YWCA, are filling up quickly, as those without homes look to find a warm place to stay during this frigid time. “We are available to women and children 24 hours…

Down Home’s “Fill The Home” Drive During February

You'll find collection bins at all three Beans Coffee Bar locations in Fargo

FARGO, ND — Down Home is partnering with Life 97.9 for a “Fill the Home” drive during February. Down Home is a non-profit that is helping homeless families transition into permanent housing. They will be collecting donations and new queen and twin sized mattress pads and sheet sets. The money will be used to buy new queen and twin sized mattresses….

Police Identify Man Found Dead In Pickup

36-year-old Bradley Beiswenger, with no permanent address, was believed to be homeless.

GRAND FORKS, ND (KFGO) – Police have identified a man who was found dead in the bed of a pickup last Friday. 36-year-old Bradley Beiswenger, with no permanent address, was believed to be homeless. Beiswenger was found unresponsive in the covered bed of the pickup. Police say he was using a propane heater to keep warm and was overcome by…