Rapid City business owners attend Black Hills Homeless Coalition forum
RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Tuesday, business owners along Rapid City’s Mount Rushmore Road attended a forum designed to help everyone affected by homelessness.
The evening’s presentation was the final one in the Black Hills Homeless Coalition’s “We Connect” series.
The coalition has held six of these conferences since April — all designed to teach residents and businesses about community resources to help those impacted by homelessness.
This presentation included a business tool kit to help with situations that arise from the homeless population.
“Because you don’t want to make the situation worse — and there are numbers to call. There are real numbers that you can call immediately,” said Debra Jensen, president of the Mount Rushmore Road Group. “The Rapid City Police Department and the sheriff’s department — they are simply overburdened with calls. They get hundreds of calls every day.”
The “We Connect Project” is a collaborative effort between several community organizations, including the city, RCPD and several non-profit organizations.