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New Community Shelter Needs Volunteers

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BILLINGS, Mont. - A new community shelter opened a few weeks ago in Billings -- and it needs your help.

The Montana Rescue Mission and Harvest Church opened a new homeless shelter on the 2800 block of Minnesota Avenue -- a few doors down from the MRM men's shelter.

Volunteers are needed to come and talk to Billings homeless population on Wednesdays and Sundays. It's only open two days a week, because all of the volunteers come from Harvest Church. The church previously had a mobile ministry, which served food to the homeless, but after a variety of problems, such as loitering, the mobile mission became stationary and found a home downtown, according to MRM Program Director Glenn Fournier.

The new center invites anyone to come in off the street, warm up, grab a coffee or a little food. No one is turned away because of intoxication -- which is the case at official MRM shelters.

Fournier said the shelter provides a way for Billings' homeless to come and talk with volunteers about their issues and build relationships. They can also learn more about MRM programs.

"With inclement weather -- like we're having right now -- we have a procedure in place where we can take those under the influence in at certain times of the year," Fournier said. "But again, Harvest (Church), and the people running this community center, can help us bring that message to those that are in need of those services"

If you'd like to volunteer at the new community center -- they'd love your help.

Please call 259-3800 or email MRM Volunteer Coordinator Rich Lutton at montanarescuemission.org.

"We're trying to serve a need that we've recognized in the community that somebody hasn't met yet," Lutton said. "We're looking for partners, and to keep this place open as many days of the week as we can."