Taking good care of our own

The YWCA’s emergency shelter received a welcome bit of help last week.

A $15,000 Rural Community Grant from AgriBank and Farm Credit Services of North Dakota will allow the YWCA to dramatically upgrade the shelter’s kitchen facilities.

The kitchen previously lacked adequate cabinet space and the appliances were in need of replacement. Now, the residents using the facility have individual space to store food, along with updated appliances and other items. Just For You finished the remodeling in just six weeks, thanks to owner Justin?Garberg going above and beyond in donating labor to the project, according to YWCA officials.

The shelter is a 14-bed facility for women and their children. Officials said from January through August, the shelter was home to 53 women and 18 children, with the cumulative total of women sheltered daily showed 1,823 women/nights through August.

Unfortunately, there continues to be a strong need for the services provided by the YWCA’s emergency shelter. The latest grant and corresponding renovation work by Garberg’s company will help the shelter fulfill its mission of helping women and children in emergency need of housing. Such contributions of financial resources and labor continue to make Minot a community doing its best to look out for its residents.