A homeless shelter near downtown Sioux Falls has experienced a substantial increase in guests as the city faces shutdowns and closures during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a Thursday announcement.
Help is on the way.
Union Gospel Mission at 701 E. 8th St. is the recipient of the COVID-19 Response Grant Program from the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.
The shelter is providing a roof, food, showers or other services to 200 people each day, a 30% jump in the number of people relying on its shelter compared to the same period of time last year.
Some have been forced to go without a bed, according to the mission.
“This grant helps the people in our community get off the floor and into a bed during a time like this,” Union Gospel CEO Eric Weber said in an emailed statement. “When people don’t have anything and we give them a place to sleep, they at least have something. This grant (is helping) us love out loud in a tangible way to those in need.”
The Community Foundation’s grant program is intended to help groups that are working with some of the city’s most vulnerable residents during the state of emergency.
The grant will allow Union Gospel to buy more beds.
“We’re committed to deploying resources and support to help our nonprofits during this difficult time,” Foundation Vice President Patrick Gale said in an emailed statement. “We’re all in this together. And by working together with compassion and ingenuity, we will get through this.”
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