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…

Down Home Helps Family of 7 With Permanent Housing

They celebrated their 1st anniversary by helping their 22nd move in

1/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Show Caption Hide Caption MOORHEAD, MN — It truly is a Christmas miracle for a family of 7 thanks to Down Home. Down Home is a non-profit that is helping homeless families transition into permanent housing. They celebrated their 1st anniversary by helping their…

Walk Honors People in Metro Who Lost Their Lives to Homelessness

The four-block walk ended at the First Lutheran Church in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. — Over the last ten years, more than 150 people across the metro died as a result of homelessness, according to Churches United. In order to keep their memories alive, people are walking through downtown Fargo in order to raise awareness for the plight they faced. “When you think about people’s struggles, a lot of times they have no…

Culver’s Donates Hundreds of Gifts to Golden Drive Homeless Kids for Holidays

During its first year, Culvers collected enough gifts to fill their counter top

FARGO, N.D. — Golden Drive Homeless Kids is packing up boxes full of Christmas goodies for families in need. They spent the day driving around town picking up donations but started the day off at Culvers and a mountain of donations. A number of local businesses collect gifts each year for the homeless. During its first year, Culvers collected enough…