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Published September 04, 2010, 10:01 PM

Northlands Rescue Mission Reports Larger Numbers In Homeless

Homelessness is on the rise in our area, and the Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks is seeing the effect more than ever.

Homelessness is on the rise in our area, and the Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks is seeing the effect more than ever. With the rise in residents, Northlands Rescue Mission officials are hoping the number plateaus before they run out of room.

Dave Sena who is the missions executive director says "We have been here in our community for 60 years now, and the numbers we are seeing now are greater then we have ever seen in the history of our mission."

So great that Northlands Rescue Mission Director Dave Sena is hoping they don't run out of room. Right now there is room to house 134 people. 126 come through their doors a night.

"Well see a lot more people in our community that are homeless out on the street; especially in the winters it can be a perilous and a dangerous thing" Sena said.

With the overcrowding, the Mission is trying to get people back on their feet by getting them basic needs and trying to help them find a job.

Sena says "We are doing a lot of other things trying to get them out on their own as quickly as possible, but it is a challenge in these difficult times"

The Mission has also seen a rise in its community feed program. In July they served 8,113 people meals and in August they served 311 more people than that. Mission officials says they're starting to see more families from the community that can't afford a decent meal.

Elizabeth Bare who is an employee at the mission says "We are getting a lot of community gardens people, farmers who are donating vegetables which helps immensely. "

For Bare her job is not just a job; its helping people better their lives.

"Its hard to explain the feeling you get from being able to touch people and touch their lives you know do what you can to make their lives better" Bare said.

Along with food and personal hygiene items, the mission is looking for help to raise money to add three new bunk beds. If you can help, stop by or call the Northlands Rescue Mission.

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