Emergency homeless shelter open for those in need
RAPID CITY,S.D. — The Emergency Homeless Shelter at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is now open.
With city and county funding now in place, the 100-bed shelter set-up in Rushmore Hall provides a safe place to help in the recovery of homeless persons who have fallen ill.
With the Civic Center closed to the public, 40,000 square feet of Rushmore Hall has been renovated for the shelter, with shower facilities and three meals a day prepared by Civic Center staff.
“These individuals may not need hospitalization as we come to know it,” said Darrell Shoemaker, the Rapid City Communications Coordinator. “But they’re ill; they need a place to go, they don’t have a home to go to, they don’t have family to go to and so this is an option where they can go and get better.”
The Civic Center Shelter is not to be confused with an alternative shelter for the homeless. Before being admitted, guests must be referred by a health care provider, medical facility or service provider.