Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Emergency Shelter Marks Four Years of Community Support

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CASS LAKE – The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Emergency Shelter celebrated their four year anniversary, Friday August 11.

The shelter was first approved by the Leech Lake Tribal Council in Spring 2019 and Hawk Construction broke ground on the site in April. Planning for the project was led by a team of employees from several Leech Lake divisions.

The celebration took place on the  lawn of the center and invited staff and community members out to visit the site. The event featured ; an open house, information booths from several of Leech Lakes programs, a bouncy house, waterslide, a free meal, giveaways and donation items available to community members.

Staff members who helped open the shelter stand by the message they had when the shelter first opened.

“The shelter is more than a bed and a roof. We hope to provide community members the tools and services they need in overcoming their barriers to stable housing.”

The shelter has a capacity of 56; 10 beds in the men’s dormitory, and 10 beds in the women’s dormitory, as well as 6 family units capable of housing up to 6 family members each. In addition, there are three separate living areas for men, women, and families.

For more information, please contact the Leech Lake Human Services Office (218) 335-8273.

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