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Forum News Service, Published March 04 2013

Spring opening planned for Detroit Lakes homeless shelter

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - With a new director in place and construction starting to take shape, The Refuge Christian Outreach Center’s project to build a 28-bed shelter for homeless men in the Detroit Lakes area is nearing completion.

“We’re getting ready to open in late spring,” said Lynnette Price, who started her new job as director of the Compassion House on Friday.

According to Refuge Center director Randy Kohler, the impetus that enabled the Compassion House project to reach its final construction phase was a $100,000 contribution from a private donor.

In all, the project received “well over $200,000” in grants and donations, said Mel Manning, CEO and president of The Refuge.