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Good Shepherd Center Considers Moving Locations

January 30, 2014, 5:00 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Good Shepherd Center Considers Moving Locations

The Good Shepherd Center has been at its downtown Sioux Falls location for years, but some building issues may force the daytime shelter to relocate.

As the only daytime shelter in the city, the Good Shepherd Center is a vital resource for the homeless and working poor of Sioux Falls.

"We provide those basic needs that people need. The showers, the laundry, a lunch," Executive Director of the Good Shepherd Center, Maria Krell said. 

But some changes could be coming to the longtime nonprofit.

There are some issues with the current building that are leading them to reconsider whether or not they want to stay and fix it, or move to a new location. 

"It has some serious issues right now. There's a roof issue and one way or the other, something has to happen," Jerry Klein with the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese said. 

"Like Jerry alluded to, we can either invest in this building or we can invest in a building that might be a better location for the guests that we currently serve," Krell said. 

One location under consideration is near the Banquet.

"It makes sense for those that we're serving to be in proximity to other services. There's a real value in that, in what's possible and of course that's what we want to remember is those who have the needs and what's the best way to meet those needs," Klein said. 

"You know the last couple of days, even weeks with how cold it's been. Having to walk a mile or two to get from one agency to another, that's a long trek in that cold weather," Krell said. 

The Catholic Diocese owns the current Good Shepherd Center location, and lets the nonprofit use the building rent-free.

Jerry Klein with the Sioux Falls Diocese says it's still early in the decision-making process, and there are some crucial steps before any announcement is made.

"Certainly working with neighborhoods, and making sure that we understand concerns and they understand the ideas. That will all be part of that process," Klein said. 

Klein says no matter what option they choose, something will need to be done to keep up with the growing community.

Klein says there is no time-frame on when the Center needs to move, if that is the route they choose to take.

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