DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A new domestic violence shelter in Devils Lake is trying to raise money to keep its doors open.

The Safe Alternatives for Abused Families, which opened in April, serves a seven-county area, including the Spirit Lake Reservation.

Director Molly McDonald said there have been only two days in which no one has used it, and board members note that the need has far exceeded expectations.

McDonald said the shelter's five bedrooms have housed up to nine people at a time. One of the bedrooms currently is being used as an office.

Board member Brenda Langerud said the group has discussed several options to improve the shelter's circumstances, including closing the shelter one or two days each week to save on expenses. She said it costs more than $500 per day to operate the shelter and pay a houseparent for supervision.

The Ramsey County Commission on Tuesday agreed to provide an additional $5,000 out of this year's general fund to help to keep it running, the Devils Lake Journal reported. Each county and the reservation contributed $5,000 to open the shelter.

Fundraisers are planned Friday and Oct. 19 to help address the budget shortfall.


Information from: Devils Lake Journal,