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Published January 07, 2012, 05:24 PM

Northlands Rescue Mission: Overflow Amidst the Mild Temps

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - With all the overflow of homeless, it's making not only the budget, but space tight at the Northlands Rescue Mission.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - With all the overflow of homeless, it's making not only the budget, but space tight at the Northlands Rescue Mission.

Although we've had somewhat of a mild winter--it hasn't made things easier for the Mission. At 115 residents, they're housing more than they can hold.

"I've noticed a lot of things changing. Last year we had the same number of volunteers came and maybe about half the residents so it's a big difference," said volunteer, Courtney Moya.

"There is a lot more increase this year because of employment, it has a lot to do with employment," said kitchen manager, Melanie Peltier.

People come to Grand Forks trying to find jobs, but end up here. Currently 102 men call the Mission home, 8 times the number of women.

"We have people from all over the United States here," said Peltier.

Last night the Mission had a 5 person overflow meaning 5 people had to sleep on the floor of the dining room.

"You know it is hard to see but at the same time, this happens all over so it just makes me feel good to know that I'm helping," said Peltier.

Kitchen Manager Melanie Peltier says besides helping folks get back on their feet, she's thankful for the volunteers that keep this place running.

"Here at the mission we cook, sometimes we do the 'store', we stock, rearrange, and serve," said volunteer, Adrian Moya.

"People here love it so we get a lot of thank you's and stuff, smiles so it feels good," said Courtney Moya.

"Thank you so much for the meal, thank you for everything, so they are really good residents," said Peltier.

Even though the shelter is 30,000 dollars shy of the 600,000 dollar goal, their spirits are still high.

The Mission gets most of its donations from the community.

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