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Published November 03, 2011, 10:18 PM

'Mission Of Hope' To Bring In $120K For Homeless

The Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks relies on donations to stay open and continue to serve the hundreds of people that come through its doors each day. The annual Mission of Hope benefit kicked off fall fund raising efforts Thursday night.

The Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks relies on donations to stay open and continue to serve the hundreds of people that come through its doors each day. The annual Mission of Hope benefit kicked off fall fund raising efforts Thursday night.

Mission of Hope brought over 900 people to the Alerus Center this year. The banquet is expected to raise $120,000 for the mission, a start to the $600,000 needed by the end of the year.

"The fact that people don't see so many people that are homeless on the street is a testament to a community that cares," Northlands Rescue Mission Executive Director David Sena said.

David Sena and others working at the mission know the importance of a supportive community. Northlands Rescue Mission is relying on donations to raise $600,000 by the year's end.

"We need to raise at least half of our overall budget during this fall season to help carry us through the summer. The summer months donations go down tremendously, but the need is consistent and constant throughout the year," Sena said.

The Mission has experienced record numbers for the past 18 months. An average of 110 people seek shelter each night. And that number is expected to go up as temperatures drop. Mission residents know donations help keep a roof over their heads.

"It really helps get you back in the right direction and stuff you know, so you can go out and try to get back in the real world again," Mission Resident Bob Herting said.

The mission needs about $90,000 to operate each month. With Thursday night's donations, the mission can keep providing for about a month and a half.

"Tonight's event kicking it off the way we are is really important to get people thinking about how they can help the community and the men and women we have staying at the mission," Sena said.

"Maybe one day I'll be somebody donating things instead of getting donations," Herting added.

The Mission served almost 100,000 meals last year alone. It also provided shelter to nearly 900 people who spent at least one night at the mission.

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