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How do you put a face on homelessness in southwestern North Dakota? "The average person would say there isn't a problem, but they'd be wrong," said Gloria Fichter-Rau, co-chairperson of the Southwest Homeless Coalition. "Homelessness doesn't look the same in southwestern North Dakota as it does in the urban areas." She said a homeless individual may have been evicted from his apartment, is couch-surfing with family and friends or was just released from institutional care. "It might be young adults who are evicted from their family's home or aged out of foster care," she said.
American Red Cross volunteer Melissa Sheppard of Dickinson has a renewed appreciation for volunteers who offer a helping hand in the event of a natural disaster. As a special services volunteer for the American Red Cross, Sheppard drove one of the emergency response vehicles to feed people impacted by Hurricane Ike in Texas this summer. "Wow, there's a lot of good people in the world and you don't always realize it. We had volunteers from all over.
Recipes from the kitchens of southwestern North Dakota are featured in a new cookbook titled "Cooking with RSVP Volunteers." The cookbook is a fundraiser for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program -- Dakota West chapter. Project Coordinator Beverly Hafele said the cookbook is unique in that a picture of the cook is printed beside each recipe that she submitted. "We had a good variety from our volunteers of southwestern North Dakota," she said. The Dakota West chapter represents 250 volunteers from the counties of Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark.
Elder Care bus driver Joe Berger opened the door forLeona Schiwal and Angeline Jablonsky at Dickinson's Pioneer Haven. "You're late!" was the standing joke as the women boarded his 2007 Chevy van for a ride to the Prairie Hills Mall. The women use the transportation service to run errands, get to medical appointments or go shopping. Handing her $6 round-trip fare to Berger, Jablonsky joked that pretty soon she could buy a van of her own. "I can't drive so it wouldn't make any difference," she added. Berger's next stop was at St.
The fight to build the Badlands Activities Center ended Tuesday night as ballots swung in favor of the measure. With all precincts counted, nearly 59 percent of citizens voted yes on Dickinson Measure No.
A bowl of soup and a bite of bread is all that some people in the world may have for dinner today. To create an awareness of hunger and homelessness, the second annual Empty Bowls event is being held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The kitchen of St. Patrick's Garvin Hall was filled with the aroma of simmering meatballs and gravy while food preparations were under way for the weekly Welcome Table soup kitchen in Dickinson. Welcome Table serves a hot, nutritious meal at 6 p.m. every Thursday. "It hasn't changed much from previous years. We started in 1993," said meal coordinator Darlyne Brudvig. "We call it the Welcome Table ministry to homeless or transient people, but the majority of peple are alone, disadvantaged or elderly.
The Operation Christmas Child shoe box campaign is a project that's near and dear to the hearts of the Kevin and Susan Moberg family of Dickinson. "We're given close to 10 boxes since Suzanna was born," said Susan Moberg. She is going shopping this weekend with their daughters, Abigail, Suzanna and Hillary to fill this year's shoe box. Susan said the girls may not fully understand where their Sunday school offering goes, but this is a tangible way for them to help others. "We think it's really nice for them to connect with other kids," she said. St.
Looking for a prom dress or a maybe gown for an upcoming Christmas party or cruise? Consider attending the prom and party dress sale on Saturday at the Days Hotel Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson.