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The AARC was founded in 1976 to provide emergency support, crisis intervention, temporary shelter, food, counseling, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence. AARC works work with their clients and their children to help find a life free from abuse. AARC also works with the community to develop an awareness and sensitivity to the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault and to establish programs to break the cycle of abuse.
AID, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving Morton and Burleigh counties in North Dakota. The goal of AID, Inc. is to provide temporary, emergency assistance to help families and individuals stay in their homes and become self-sufficient.
The Emergency Food Pantry is located at 725 Memorial Highway in Bismarck. This agency provides food assistance. Please call 258-9188 for hours of operation and to volunteer.
Bismarck Meals on Wheels provides home-delivered meals to individuals who are not able to prepare a healthy meal for themselves—especially those who are elderly or have special dietary needs. Bismarck Meals on Wheels, Inc. is a non-profit organization that delivers more than 580 meals per month to clients in the Bismarck community.
The YMCA Youth Development Centers are high-quality, values-oriented, state-licensed facilities for children age newborn – pre-kindergarten. The YMCA Youth Development Centers are open from 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday. The staff is made up of baccalaureate degree teachers, CDA degree teachers and experienced assistants. The YDC utilizes developmentally appropriate curricula to develop children socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Camp of the Cross is a year-round camp and retreat center where you can be yourself, feel like a part of the family, and connect with God in Christ Jesus.
Youth of CHYS, ages 10 to 19, have been adjudicated into the foster care system for a variety of reasons. Many of our youth come from families which are unable or unwilling to provide adequate care for their teenagers. Still others are court-ordered to us due to drug or alcohol abuse, truancies, run-away charges, or charges of delinquency or unruliness. A good number of our youth struggle with post-traumatic stress (triggered by some horrific act which happened to them when they were younger), mental illnesses (especially depression and anxiety), or attention deficit disorder. Many struggle with thoughts of suicide, eating disorders, and/or other self-destructive acts.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The 27 colleges and universities of the ELCA are dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and the development of the whole person in body, mind and spirit. At ELCA colleges and universities, students are educated for a sense of calling or vocation, opening the path toward a meaningful life of contribution to the common good through whatever career they choose.
Global Mission nurtures the ELCA’s world engagement through the theology and practice of accompaniment by walking together with our global companions. Our work together has a multi-faceted approach to mission; from sending missionaries and personnel, to offering grants and scholarships designed to strengthen global church leadership and to support the ministries of companions. Good Shepherd supports missionary Rev. Themba Mkhabela.
The ELCA has a long history and tradition of training and preparing pastors and other rostered leaders to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to inspire and equip members to participate in God’s work in the world.
God Pause is Luther Seminary’s daily e-mail devotion. God Pause devotions are short but meaningful reflections on the following Sunday’s lessons and gospel.
The Great Plains Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in North Dakota and western Minnesota through community partnerships. GPFB is the largest hunger-relief organization in North Dakota and serve as its only food bank. Each year, they touch the lives of one in nine individuals who seek emergency food assistance.
This nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization invites all people to join them as they build simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 125,000 houses in more than 80 countries, including some 45,000 houses across the United States.
Heart River Bridges of Hope is an outreach and re-entry ministry on behalf of the ELCA and the whole Church. As an expression of God’s grace and love, this ministry will provide youth opportunities for community worship, mentorship, wellness, and mutually enriching relationships. Trusting and believing that God heals and creates new life, our intent is to accompany and empower youth toward a future with hope.
LSS is a statewide, not-for-profit social service agency that provides a wide variety of services, e.g. adoption services, Senior Companion Program, help for compulsive gamblers, Childcare Resource and Referral, youth tracking, rural response, and much more.
With passion for the church and for the world, LWF is a global communion of 145 churches in the Lutheran tradition, representing over 74 million Christians in 98 countries. We strive to put our faith into action within and beyond the communion, and seek God’s Word and Spirit to guide us. This action takes a variety of forms from theological reflection and dialogue with other churches and faiths, to deepening relationships, sharing about our faith, serving those in need and advocating for a more just, peaceful and reconciled world.
Founded by Lutherans in the United States, grounded in Lutheran theology and building on decades of experience, LWR exists so that U.S. Lutherans may serve their neighbors overseas who face poverty, injustice and human suffering.
Ministry on the Margins is a volunteer-based ecumenical ministry committed to supporting those who fall through the cracks during times of transition. Every week we offer hospitality and coffee, several meals, a food pantry, prison-to-society support, an ecumenical Christian worship service, and many other ministries.
The Mission Investment Fund offers a range of investments for both individuals and ELCA congregations and social ministry organizations.
North Dakota Lutheran Campus Ministry
Lutheran Campus Ministry assists people in academic settings to discover and fulfill their vocation in Jesus Christ. This ministry has its roots in the Christian community. Students are the largest constituency and basic focus of the campus ministry program.
RMHH started in 1987 by providing shelter services to seven homeless men in Bismarck. Now, RMHH provides over 200 shelter beds and 110 affordable housing units, alongside multiple essential services to meet the growing need across the region. What started out as a small shelter almost 30 years ago has now grown into multiple facilities, serving clients through the implementation of a transitional pathway that includes shelter and essential services with the goal of community reintegration.
Good Shepherd is blessed with an active Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
The Banquet began in the spring of 2005 under the guidance of Pastor Steve Sathre of Trinity Lutheran Church, and the coordination and marketing efforts of our first Banquet Director, Rosemarie (Tudy) Fennern. Today, The Banquet serves approximately 400-450 free meals every Thursday evening. Based on the needs of our community, The Banquet has expanded their meal services to include a monthly Saturday lunch.
Welcome House is a faith-based agency serving homeless individuals and families in the Bismarck/Mandan area. Welcome House provides short-term shelter, assistance in obtaining permanent housing and a variety of supportive services. Welcome House’s emphasis is on providing extensive case management and other supportive services for up to three years to help clients attain and retain permanent housing. Welcome House fills a gap in the community by serving homeless that would not otherwise receive shelter, including two-parent families, families headed by single fathers, and families with teenage males.
Good Shepherd is a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Western North Dakota Synod. This link will take you to the Western North Dakota Synod’s homepage.