Last spring, the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House started looking at ways to expand and meet the increasing need for housing for individuals on fixed incomes.
"Our goal is to help them and work with other agencies to expand and create a community center where everyone who is in need can have access, as opposed to those who are truly homeless," says Jaclyn Bugbee.
The Baptist Home on Boulevard Avenue in Bismarck is moving to a new location in North Bismarck, and the building is an ideal location for Ruth Meiers. However, some residents like Debra Duppong are still concerned. She went around the neighborhood getting signatures trying to stop Ruth Meiers from moving into the Baptist Home.
"We couldn't be guaranteed of our safety across the street or off the facility. The people around here do not have that kind of security, and that would be the largest concern," says Debra Duppong.
To alleviate those concerns, Ruth Meiers has held public meetings since September and the latest meetings were this week. We reached out to others in the neighborhood who declined to go on camera, but did say attending those meetings changed their minds about the move. And now, they're supportive.
"One concern was that Ruth Meiers was a soup kitchen and a homeless shelter, but in fact it's so much more," says Bugbee.
Bugbee says the new location will not be an emergency shelter, but more of a permanent residence. It's being zoned as a Public Urban Development. The Ruth Meiers emergency shelter with 120 beds will remain open at its current location on 23rd Street in Bismarck.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:06 AM EST2014-03-09 05:06:58 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:04 AM EST2014-03-09 05:04:37 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:04 AM EST2014-03-09 05:04:04 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:00 AM EST2014-03-09 05:00:06 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.