This week’s journal entry was going to be on bullying, as we have had issues regarding this over the past two weeks. However, a more pressing matter is the young mother of 5 children that came into the shelter homeless. Her children ranged from the ages of 6 months to 9 years-old. This mother has her hands full and arrived at our shelter with little to no support within Minot. The YWCA gave all the children an apple, generously provided by Salvation Army, an application packet for Head Start, and directions to the Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry. The YWCA offers a community kitchen where women get to cook their own meals and we provide many food items that are donated from different organizations and the community. This is just one of many examples of how the YWCA Minot provides shelter to single mother families. This mother only stayed for the weekend but as I was leaving on that Friday I noticed that her vehicle was full to the brim with stuff, and what appeared to be bedding for the kids. This mother had said that they were sleeping in a park in a different town before driving to Minot and ending up at the YWCA.
This is an amazing reminder that homelessness can look many different ways. Hungry means a lot of different things. Please remember that if organizations such as ours, the DVCC, Men’s Winter Refuge, and the Homeless coalition were not in place, then the community would see a bigger, harsher presence of homelessness in Minot. Our organizations deal with homelessness on a daily basis as well as many other issues. There are reasons people are homeless, many of our clients do not chose that lifestyle.
The Community is welcome to take tours of the YWCA. Due to confidentially tours are by appointment only. If you would like an inside look of our shelter rooms, apartments, and offices, please give me a call.