Bismarck United Way's emergency shelter need your help.

As the Bismarck Tribune reports, over four hundred people have stayed at the shelter since it opened in March after the closing of the Ruth Meyers men's emergency shelter.

United Way/Bismarck director Jena Gullo says the shelter requires about a half million a year to stay open:.

"The vast majority of people we help are in a crisis, need a few nights of shelter and a warm safe environment," she says. " she says.

In addition to free meals, the United Way offers assistance in getting clients into permanent homes.

To make matters worse, staffers expect a downturn in donations in the coming months due to layoffs in the community.

As one staffer notes, the demand will only increase as the weather gets colder.

If you're in a position to provide assistance in terms of money or time, contact the Missouri Slope United Way here.

[Source: Bismarck Tribune, Missouri Slope United Way]