SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Madeline Shields is the new executive director for the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House. At the Taste of Goodness event Saturday evening, the organization shared the news with attendees.
The Bishop Dudley Hospitality House opened its doors on January 12, 2015.
This organization provides daytime and overnight shelter for the homeless and struggling. Along with the meals served Monday through Friday, the facility offers mental health and addiction counseling.
We’ll be updating this story throughout the day with additional details on how many people the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House has helped and the history of the organization.
The facility can house 80 men, 20 women, and 7 families at a time. In 2018, the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House helped 1,655 people in total. The staff and volunteers assisted 56 families and 91 children.
Over 19,000 lunches served
Almost 3,500 loads of laundry
While these numbers are the highest yet for the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House, statistics show that the number of homeless people in Sioux Falls have gone down in 2019. Bishop Dudley Hospitality House Development Coordinator Amanda Stidd says they continue to see a steady increase in the number of people they help.
The house assists people by bringing in different organizations for their clients. Agencies ranging from medical to job-searching to nonprofits that provide furniture go to the building to help people get back on their feet.
Stidd says it’s all worth it to help change someone’s life.
“It’s a really wonderful thing to see people come back and say, ‘You know what? All I needed was that hand. I just needed a helping hand and now things are great,’ and you know, there’s a success story there that is better than what we could have imagined. So, those are the best ones,” Stidd said.
The organization has two separate sleeping quarters for men and women. Each side has bunk beds, showers, restrooms and lockers for personal belongings. Children also have a playground outside and a play area in the building.
The Bishop Dudley Hospitality House is open everyday
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.-6:45 a.m.