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Matt Maher volunteers at local homeless shelter before concert performance

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MOORHEAD—It's estimated that 3.5 million people are likely to experience homelessness in any given year.

Many places like Churches United are fighting to end that here in Fargo-Moorhead.

Established in 1987, Churches United for the Homeless tries to address a growing need in our metro, providing shelter for those who have no home.

"There is no organic reason for homelessness and poverty in the United States," said Pastor Sue Koesterman, Churches United, "there's no way we could do what we do without the support of the community of volunteer support."

The non-profit sees around 300 volunteers a month, but Saturday afternoon's guest was a special treat.

"We've never had anybody, any celebrity outside the region come in. So I'm just thrilled," said Babs Coler, Churches United.

Christian Singer Matt Maher, best known for his song "Because He Lives"

Matt was in Fargo for a concert at the Scheels Arena, but thanks to a collaboration between the Catholic Charities of North Dakota and Churches United Matt was able to come and help on Saturday afternoon.

Along with shelter advocates, Matt replaced the nearly 10 year old mattresses with one's donated by Concordia College.

"When you think about people who are in crisis aren't sleeping. Being comfortable is being more important than ever," said Coler.

The need here is for more than just mattresses, this room was once filled with furniture that needed to be thrown out to be replaced with more hygienic furniture.

Meaning, the work is never done for the charity.

"Our common thread is compassion, care and service," said Koesterman.

Which is why donations, like Concordia's and help like Matt's is so important for the mission of this non-profit.

"I think it keeps me rooted in my humanity, and helps me better understand," said Matt Maher, Christian Singer.

Because a little bit of empathy, can go a long way in helping someone's life.

If you'd like to help donate to Churches United, click here

Cassandra Rohlfing

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