Sioux Falls Shelter overcapacity, in need of winter gear and toiletries

Bishop Dudley Hospitality House in need of winter items, toiletries
Published: Feb. 22, 2022 at 9:50 PM CST
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Especially in these winter months, getting into the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House is a matter of staying alive for many people in Sioux Falls.

Since arriving in Sioux Falls a few months ago, Jackson Bordeaux began a new chapter in his life. For now, home is the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House. When it’s a warmer winter day, he likes to explore.

“I love going to walk in the park. Falls Park is nice. It’s beautiful to go there when it’s nice weather,” said Bordeaux.

On a day like today, he’s thankful for the warm gear he received.

“Stocking caps, gloves, jackets, yes it is good. They provide everything,” said Bordeaux.

If it wasn’t for the Hospitality House, Bordeaux would not have access to the warm meals that nourish body and soul or the winter gear, that allows him to survive the Sioux Falls winters. Thinking of life without the Hospitality House, Bordeaux says, he’d “be sad and probably freeze.”

Executive Director Madeline Shields sees people shivering and running to get into the Hospitality House. Shields says they’re, “...coming in with the backpack on their back and that’s all they have.”

So they continue to hand out coats, gloves, and hats. The problem is they’re running short, especially with larger sizes.

“And so it’s just kind of challenging. You know when, when people are a little bit larger and we don’t have the size coats we need,” said Shields.

Shields said they recently put two coats together to help a guest find protection from the cold, “and they were a little bit snug, but we were able to get both of those coats for him.”

At the Hospitality House, they’re able to accommodate 100 people at their max capacity. With so many people in need of shelter, they had 80 additional mats laid out on the floor for people to at least have a warm place to sleep. But they do need help. Not only is the winter gear dwindling, but so are their everyday necessities, Shields says they “need all the hygiene items here that everyone enjoys in their own home.”

The Amazon wish list is updated with what’s needed most. You can drop those and other items off between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm seven days a week.

“It’s just a click of a button. And that gets delivered right here to the Bishop Dudley house. And that’s extremely helpful for us and for our guests,” said Shields.

Bordeaux knows he’s cared for.

“It’s nice, it’s good. Stay warm,” said Bordeaux.

In addition to the warm clothing, coats hats, and gloves, they have a desperate need for toilet paper and toothpaste.

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