Part of our church local mission giving goes to support the ministry of The Bishop Dudley Hospitality House. Bishop Dudley Hospitality House opened its door on January 12, 2015 at 101 North Indiana Ave., Sioux Falls for the purpose of emergency shelter for the homeless population. It offers a safe, secure and warm place to start the road back to a more stable, long-term way of living. It also offers daytime and overnight emergency shelter for the homeless and vulnerable. For overnight services, there is room for 80 men, 20 women, and seven families.
The facility is within walking distance of several agencies that provide programs for the needy, supporting the proven plan to work in partnership with existing agencies to coordinate many services under a single roof. These services include mental health counseling and addiction counseling. They provide computer and phone access as well as laundry, restrooms and showers to the homeless. Lunch is served Monday through Friday. On Thursday there is a free medical cooperative for evaluation of new or changing health complaints and longer-term chronic conditions. SDSU and Augustana University nursing students provide light medical triage during the school year.
This year itself from January to July BDHH has able to provided 14,282 safe nights; served 1,034 guests; served 10,969 meals; served 38 families included 78 children; and 26 families which included 23 women and 82 men have transitioned to permanent housing. This year our mission giving included $500 to BDHH.