Organizational Overview

Churches United for the Homeless was formed in 1987 by a group of local churches. Now Churches United is supported by over 66 member congregations. Churches United for the Homeless has a Worship Center in which residents have the option to practice any faith or non-faith traditions. Churches United merged with the Dorothy Day Food Pantry and the Dorothy Day House to work together towards our common goals.

Year Formed:

1987 – Churches United for the Homeless

3/15/2018 – Bright Sky Apartments Opened

1/1/2019 – Merged with Dorothy Day & Dorothy Day Food Pantry

Executive Director: Sue Koesterman


  • 30 Full Time
  • 21 Part Time
  • 15 Board Members
  • Thousands of Volunteers

Board of Directors

  • Bill Beutler
  • Pastor Corey Bjertness
  • Adair Boening
  • Toby Christensen, President
  • Becky Elbert
  • Joe Halvorson
  • Gary Haugo, Vice President
  • Rick Henderson
  • Josh Lysne
  • Bob Monson, Immediate Past President
  • Deborah Nelson, Secretary
  • Jess Spieker Ferden
  • Mark Voigtschild
  • Mark Wallace, Treasurer

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It is the generosity of volunteers and donors that keep Churches United operating. Their support is what allows us to continue providing shelter, housing, food, and a path toward healing for those who are hungry and homeless in the Fargo – Moorhead community.


It is because of the 10k+ volunteer hours that we can continue making a difference in our community!

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The average cost per guest to receive shelter, food, and support services is $65. Donations help us

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