Golden Drive Homeless Kids Helping Make the Seasons Bright for Area Families

"This is Christmas right here. There is nothing better than making a child happy"

WEST FARGO, ND — For struggling families, the holiday season can be tough, but one local organization is trying to help make the season look bright. “It’s hard to put into words. It’s a beautiful thing to see,” said Sue Baron, organizer of Golden Drive Homeless Kids. Just by the sparkle in their eyes, you can see the magic of…

Golden Drive Is Getting Ready To Bring Holiday Cheer to Children in Need

The group had their annual pick up at Culvers with KVRR, and alone culvers donated hundreds of items

FARGO, ND — Over the last few weeks KVRR and other local businesses have teamed up with Golden Drive Homeless Kids to bring some holiday spirit to kids in need. The group had their annual pick up at Culvers with KVRR. Culvers donated hundreds of items themselves. Franchise owner, Ashley Nelson, shops all year for the gifts and this year…

Bismarck City Officials Working to Find Ways for Help the Homeless

The United Way has been helping since the closure

  BISMARCK, ND — Bismarck city officials are trying to find new ways of helping the homeless population after the closure of the men’s shelter. The City Commission is working with its budget committee to see how much money they would need to get a shelter up and running. They are hoping to be able to find between $5,000 and…

F-M Homeless Coalition Helps Others Break Out of the Cycles of Poverty

some say talking about homelessness can debunk myths, help create a better solution

FARGO, N.D. — The F-M Homeless Coalition and the American Association of University Women tried to figure out different ways they can help to break the cycles of poverty. They are trying at a systemic level to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring across Fargo-Moorhead. One of the main problems they addressed was that more than 63 percent of Americans do…

Metroflex Gym Teams Up with Golden Drive’s Christmas Gift Event

The Owner says he now has five kids of his own and he always wants to help out the area's homeless kids anyway he can

FARGO, ND — A local gym is giving back to children in need for the holidays. Metroflex Gym Fargo is collecting any unopened toys to give to the Golden Drive for Homeless Kids’ Christmas Gift Event. The owner, John Ostos, says he wanted to get involved for the third year in a row because he grew up in a poverty-stricken…

Sprinkler System Puts Out Fire at Fargo Apartment Building, Several Units Left with Water Damage

the fire started in a kitchen of a fourth floor apartment

FARGO, N.D. — A fire at a south Fargo apartment building has left at least three people without a home. The fire started in the kitchen of a fourth floor apartment of the Metropolitan Building, located on the 4400 block of Calico Drive South. Firefighters say everyone was able to get out safely and a group of sprinklers put out the…

Changes Coming to Emergency Shelter for the Homeless in the F-M Region

Shelters officials say they cannot always take in every homeless person looking for a place to stay overnight

REGIONAL — More than 30 churches in our area will not be providing emergency sheltering to the homeless this winter. Shelters cannot always take in every homeless person looking for a place to stay overnight. “That’s the hardest part of what we do here at the shelters,” Pastor Sue Koesterman said.  Koesterman is executive director of Churches United for the…

The United Way Helping with Emergency Housing for the Homeless in Bismarck

Shelters in Minot and Grand Forks also have offered to help

BISMARCK, ND — The United Way is helping close an emergency housing gap in Bismarck since the city’s lone men’s emergency shelter closed late last month. The organization has provided 150 nights of shelter for 46 people deemed to be in crisis. Shelters in Minot and Grand Forks also have offered to help. The Ruth Meiers Hospitality House closed its…

F-M Homeless Coalition Gets Community Input

they talked about communicating with panhandlers and the ways they are working with the state to help Fargo's homeless individuals

FARGO, ND — The F-M Homeless Coalition wanted to provide a space for people who work downtown to ask questions about the homeless population. As part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, coalition employees say it was also a way for the public to understand why homelessness is such a complex issue. People asked questions about ways to communicate with panhandlers…

Bismarck-Mandan Emergency Men’s Shelter Closes

The facility opened in response to those in need of emergency shelter in 1987

  BISMARCK, ND — Several homeless men have been forced back onto the streets in Bismarck. The Bismarck-Mandan’s only emergency men’s shelter closed suddenly. With snow expected this week, the closure of the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House has men desperately looking for another place to stay. The facility opened in response to those in need of emergency shelter in 1987….