June 26, 2020

Temporary Emergency Shelter Relocating



Temporary Facility Is Collaborative Effort Among Numerous Entities;

Provides Services To Homeless Residents Who Are Sick With No Options

RAPID CITY, SD--Rapid City's Emergency Shelter for sick homeless individuals will be relocating to 725 N. Lacrosse effective July 6.

            The shelter has ben located in the Civic Center's Rushmore Hall since it opened on May 22.  The Rushmore Hall shelter was several weeks in the making and is a major collaborative effort among numerous community organizations.  The purpose of the temporary shelter is to provide a clean, climate-controlled facility with provisions for personal hygiene and meals and support the recovery of homeless persons who are ill.

            Contributing agencies to the emergency shelter include Rapid City-Pennington County Emergency Management, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board, Oyate Health Center, Pennington County Health and Human Services, Monument Health, Community Health of the Black Hills, Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Pennington County, City of Rapid City, Rapid City Fire Department, John T. Vucurevich Foundation, the Care Campus, the Civic Center and members of the Black Hills Regional Homeless Coalition.

            The Rushmore Hall facility was set up to house 100 individuals depending on the severity of COVID and its impact on the homeless.  Since May 22, the largest census at the facility was 14.  The N. Lacrosse facility is the former 24/7 building and will be scaled down to a 20-bed capacity facility with meals provided as well as shower facilities and other services that were available at the Civic Center.  The Rushmore Hall will continue to serve the needs of residents until the transition is completed.

            Norma Rendon of Where All Women Are Honored continues to serve as the sheltering manager of the facility.

            The Oyate Center, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board, Rapid City Fire Department's Mobile Medic, Monument Health and Community Health of the Black Hills will be overseeing the medical needs of the shelter's clients.

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