Updated: May 06, 2021 10:59 PM
Created: May 06, 2021 06:43 PM
For two years, Star of the North Maternity Home has provided refuge and resources for pregnant women with unstable housing.
The 24/7 service has helped 14 women and 11 babies so far. They've had over 70 applications in the past two years. Currently, four women, three of whom are pregnant, are living at Star of the North.
But by the end of the month, the nonprofit needs to move out.
"Unfortunately, the house that we've been in was sold," volunteer Monica Hendrickson said. "So now we need to go find our new home."
And they think they have. In a hot housing market, people who know they're looking have been coming to them first, offering to sell their home before it hits the MLS. But Star of the North needs a down payment.
The goal is $60,000. So far, about $34,000 has been raised.
"Having our own space and being able to use the entire house, let everyone spread out a little more I think will be great," Hendrickson said. "But it's of course a little more than we thought it was going to be, so we really are pushing more donations and just trying to help us get to that down payment that we need."
They held a "virtual-a-thon" on May 2 to fundraise, and an online auction will be open until Sunday, May 9. They're also accepting any level of donation.
"One of the reasons why I think the home has done so well is it's more than just a shelter," Hendrickson said. "It's trying to help women be self-sufficient as well. Sometimes you just need that little extra help to take it to the next level. So whether they need help with additional schooling or job skills ... we're there to help them. Some of them just want parenting advice, how to be a good mom."
Star of the North has to be out of its current space by May 31, so the pressure is on.
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