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Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless Shelters seeks donations for economic relief

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When the Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless Shelters asks for donations, what they’re really asking for are contributions to the community. Whether it’s donating diapers and garments to clothe the less fortunate or monetary donations that help pay for the shelters’ heat and water, every dollar is spent bettering Mason City and the nine counties surrounding it.

“We literally take families — moms and dads and brothers and sisters — and put them in a warm (or cool depending on the season) place and keep them safe,” said Jesse Germundson, executive director at NLAHS. “Those individuals would be sleeping in the park or on the street a block down from your house if we weren’t here.”

Sheltering nearly 320 homeless veterans, men, women and children each year, NLAHS’s emergency housing might seem like the most obvious reason to donate to the nonprofit, but it’s their mission — one that far exceeds providing people in need with basic necessities — that makes a lasting impact on the community.

“We turn the unemployed into workers, the homeless into renters and people on state assistance into taxpayers,” said Germundson, who’s witnessed firsthand the number of clients NLAHS’s mental health, substance abuse and other counseling services have helped succeed. “We have more of an impact on the community than people realize.”

It’s these types of contributions that the state of Iowa — and the rest of the country — need now more than ever as U.S. consumer spending patterns hint at the possibility of a recession in the country’s near future. When the number of taxpayers increases, so does consumer spending and the promise of economic growth. That prevents the decrease in the value of U.S. goods and services.

“If you’re from outside of our region and you donate to us, that could go toward contributing to somebody in your community who falls on hard times in the future,” said Germundson, who explained that NLAHS won’t turn away, say, someone in need from Des Moines despite the location’s nearly two-hour drive from their Mason City shelters.

In the meantime, Germundson’s goal is to use a portion of donations to pay off the mortgage of the nonprofit’s women’s shelter, so the team can refocus that monthly bill on helping their clients transition into permanent housing.

“We do something called ‘rapid rehousing,’ where we put someone into a place and help pay their first month’s rent and deposit and give them vouchers for clothing, food and furniture,” said Germundson.

Before funds can be used toward the purchasing of new furniture and beds for clients meeting their goals, NLAHS needs to land itself in “a more physically solid situation,” which can only be made possible through the generosity of the public.

“We’re reaching out because we don’t get support from the city and local government,” said Germundson. “We need the community to help keep us around.”

Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless is a 501(c)(3) public charity, so your donations are tax deductible. Learn more about NLAHS’s mission and donation details at northernlightsshelters.org.


This content was produced by Brand Ave. Studios. The news and editorial departments had no role in its creation or display. Brand Ave. Studios connects advertisers with a targeted audience through compelling content programs, from concept to production and distribution. For more information contact sales@brandavestudios.com.
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