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Published January 08, 2011, 04:19 PM

Northlands Rescue Mission Helping Homeless Stay Out Of The Cold

With 130 people coming through the doors of the Northlands Rescue Mission every night, the homeless shelter is finding it hard to accommodate the rising need for a warm place to sleep.

With 130 people coming through the doors of the Northlands Rescue Mission every night, the homeless shelter is finding it hard to accommodate the rising need for a warm place to sleep.

"We have seen 100 more people than last year we went from about 700 people last year to about 800 people this year. So we are seeing a tremendous amount of people seeking our services," said Dave Sena, Executive Director of the Northlands Rescue Mission.

With only 120 beds, the mission is having to set up temporary bunks in its conference rooms. Even those who come in intoxicated are given a warm place to stay.

"We wont allow them into our facility but allow them in our foyer. It has a camera so we are able to watch them and so we have been doing that for quite a few years we want to make sure people are safe," said Sena.

With temperatures nearing minus 20 degrees, it's dangerously cold for people to sleep outside in the elements.

"Throughout the year during these winter months people get hypothermia we have had people who have been at the edge of death and that sort of thing. So, the police department have found them and passers by were always concerned about people in this very difficult time," said Sena.

Sena says North Dakota's stable job market is bringing more people through our area.

"Referrals are coming as far as Pembina right at the border from Roseau, Warroad all over the area in a 100 mile radius that are coming to the mission to get help," said Sena.

The mission helps visitors get proper identification and find jobs so they can get back on their feet.

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