Blackfeet Secretary Lauren Monroe Jr. got a birds eye view of the pair of habitation units at the Medicine Bear Shelter. Each has 10 beds but can accommodate up to 20 people per night.

Folks going by the Medicine Bear Shelter over the last several months may have understandably wondered what was happening. Two large boxcar-looking units were placed outside, and the food pantry gradually moved over to the United Methodist Church Annex. Finally last week, two Blackfeet Councilmen toured the site and recorded their thoughts on the project.

“Blackfeet Secretary Lauren Monroe Jr. and Vice Chairman Scott Kipp toured the updated Medicine Bear Shelter on Wednesday, Nov. 10,” Monroe wrote. “We talked with the director Mercedes Old Person as well as Ken Walter with Pets for Life which would allow clients to take their best friends with them as they seek the services of the shelter. Also to shake the hands of the workforce behind the scenes (all Blackfeet workforce). There’s a larger kitchen to prepare meals, washer/dryers for each male and female wings (up to 20 beds each wing), a common area for both and other amenities. We’re glad to see the project come to fruition and that bureaucracy didn’t hinder it. Support for this project was allocated with ARPA/CARES funds. I’m glad BTBC and others believed in this.”

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