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Let’s Go Thriftin!

At the end of May, the New Life Center, a Christian nonprofit organization working to help those experiencing homelessness in the area, opened up its second location just off of 52nd Avenue in South Fargo in order to further its mission.

At New Life Center thrift stores, the purchase of a pair of shoes isn’t just another shopping experience, it’s making a real difference in the community. That purchase could mean clothing or food for someone who really needs it, and purchases of larger items could put someone through treatment at the New Life Center.

The Treatment Programs

1. Harbor Program

According to the New Life Center, the first 30 days of their program are focused on helping guests discover value and find hope in a safe and stable environment while accessing emergency shelter services.

  • Emergency case management
  • Onsite medical care
  • Spiritual mentorship and growth
  • Workplace readiness and life skills training
  • Employment and housing assistance
  • Personal ID cards and documentation assistance

2. Passport Program

While in the Harbor Program, guests may apply for the Passport Program. According to the New Life Center, Passport assists in addressing issues that led to their homelessness and equips them to transition into stable, permanent housing.

  • Individualized case management
  • Addiction and mental health treatment referrals
  • Christianity explored ministry and study
  • Financial management and housing readiness
  • Community networking and personal development

3. Genesis Recovery Program

According to the New Life Center, the Genesis Recovery Program is a comprehensive faith-based residential drug and alcohol recovery program for men 18 years and older. The residential component of Genesis is a five-phase, twelve-month minimum spiritual discipleship program. The goal of the program is to help men find freedom from addiction and hope in a new life in Christ.

  • Individualized case management and counseling
  • Bible study and chapel
  • Addiction and recovery education
  • Relational and emotional development
  • Health and physical fitness
  • Life skills and job readiness training

4. Medical Respite Program

In 2015, the New Life Center entered a partnership with Sanford Health to fill the gap in care for the homeless population.

In this program, a staff registered nurse ensures that medical recovery needs are addressed on-site rather than through hospitalization in order to reduce healthcare costs.

In fact, the thrift stores are a very significant source of income for the organization, accounting for about 25-50% of their funds according to New Life Center Advancement Manager Andrea Feigum.

So, if this is a cause you support, head on down to 5556 51st Ave. S., Fargo to make a purchase or donate your quality used items. or visit fargonlc.org

Written by Brady Drake

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