Home for the Holidays

1105homeless.gifRimrock Mall is helping shoppers understand homelessness. The shopping center has invited the Montana Rescue Mission to recreate a typical Women’s and Family Shelter room within its walls.

Shoppers visiting Rimrock Mall can walk through the “Home for the Holidays” exhibit and learn how the families who stay in the shelter live. The 156 square foot room would regularly be used to house a family of four. And while the mall exhibit is furnished with a new bunk bed, dresser, and basin, shoppers who visit learn that things aren’t always so nice for the families who stay at the shelter. From an article in the Billings Gazette:

“‘They don’t get new furniture,” said Lana Janssen, program manager at the Women’s and Family Shelter. “We get stuff from the bargain centers. If they don’t have a dresser, there’s no dresser.

Some of the rooms in the shelter have attached bathrooms, but that’s not always a plus.

‘Our plumbing is awful,” Janssen said. “Lots of the bathrooms are closed, so they have to use the bathrooms down the hall.'”

If shoppers want to help, a list of badly needed items is available, and a staff member from the shelter is on hand to take donations.

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