ABOUT HOMELESSNESS

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

  • Churches United was incorporated in October 1987 by local churches. Participation in faith-based activities is completely optional for residents.
  • 66 member congregations have voting authority
  • Churches United relies on its faith community partners for prayer, donations, and volunteers to meet its mission of providing shelter and support in a spiritual setting.

SHELTER

  • Churches United provides shelter, support, and case management services for men, women, and families - up to 85 per night. In the winter, mats on the floor are used when needed, sheltering up to 112 per night. The Dorothy Day House shelters 16 men each night.
  • Embracing "Housing First" principles, we strive to move residents from the shelter to stable housing as quickly as possible.
  • Churches United works to address the root cause of homelessness by increasing incomes and connecting residents to community services with a goal of increasing housing stability and preventing a return to the shelter.
  • The main shelter Community Center is open to the public daily, 8 am - 7 pm, and access to a Shelter Nurse is available for information and referrals. Visitor services at Dorothy Day House include showers, laundry, and support services, which is available Monday - Friday (all services with last load of laundry at 2:15 pm); from 9 am - 3 pm. The Dorothy Day House emergency shelter is for men only; however, men, women, and children who are experiencing homelessness can use the visitor services. 

NUTRITION

  • The Community Center at Churches United offers free hot meals daily and a free Community Bread Shelf
  • Dorothy Day Food Pantry East in Moorhead is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm - 2:45 pm
  • Dorothy Day Food Pantry West in West Fargo is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 pm - 4:00 pm or until all food boxes have been distributed

PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

  • Churches United opened Bright Sky Apartments (BSA) in Moorhead in March of 2018.
  • BSA provides 43 units of permanent supportive housing for adults and families who have qualified as long term homeless. 13 organizations provide case management support and wrap-around services to the residents.
  • Supportive services at BSA include rental assistance, case management and referral, and support and empowerment groups.
  • Dorothy day House has scattered site housing support case management in partnership with Clay County HRA.

LEADERSHIP

  • The mission of Churches United is defined and guided by our general membership.
  • The general membership is comprised of representatives from each of our member churches and provides input to the board of directors.
  • Day-to-Day work of the organization is done by a team of 51 remarkable and compassionate people, who exhibit and unparalleled degree of integrity and professionalism.
  • Churches United relies heavily on the support of community volunteers to accomplish its mission.
  • 9,504 hours of volunteerism
  • 4,686 hours in the kitchen
  • 3,701 hours for groups
  • 1,115 hours for individuals

 

Stats 2018

Micah's Mission Emergency Shelter:

348 unique served (99 of them children)

  • Caucasian 116
  • African American 85
  • Hispanic 18
  • Native American 98
  • Asian/Pacific Island 4
  • Multiple races 22
  • Unknown 5

Micha's Mission Overflow:

145 unique served

  • Caucasian 59
  • African American 25
  • Asian 2
  • Native American 47
  • Native Hawaiian 1
  • Multiple races 5
  • Unknown 6

HS at Micah's Mission:

87 unique served

  • Caucasian 54
  • African American 13
  • American Indian 11
  • Asian/Pacific Island 1
  • Multiple races 8

Dorothy Day House:

74 unique served

  • Caucasian 41
  • African American 14
  • American Indian 11
  • Asian/Pacific Island 1
  • Multiple races 6
  • Unknown 1 

Dorothy Day House (Additional)

  • 1825 showers to the community 
  • 5475 meals at Dorothy Day House
  • Food pantry distributed: 450,188 pounds of food
  • 20,319 people were served by the food pantries

In the Micah's Mission Community Center

88,275 meals were served


Latest Data in the Region

Homelessness in Minnesota Study - Conducted in "2018"

Point-in-Time Count - January "2019"

Homelessness is up by 13% in Greater Minnesota in 2019. This is reflective on what is happening at Churches United as well. Families and Seniors are the largest growing populations, with seniors doubling at the shelters every year for the past four years. Grandma and Grandpa do not belong in a shelter. 

Additional Information

For additional information, email Churches United.

Helpful Links

https://www.mnhomelesscoalition.org

https://fmhomeless.org

http://www.hungersolutions.org/hunger-data

 

 

 

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