Pastor Lori Broschat, volunteer at Lake Region Community Shelter, will be a part of the panel discussion “Homelessness in North Dakota”. The discussion will take place Wednesday, January 9, at 6 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center after the Grand Forks premiere of first episode of “Home. The Homelessness Crisis in North Dakota.”
“Home.” is a 12-part limit-series documenting the homelessness crisis in North Dakota. The series examines causes of homelessness, and the individuals affected. The premiere of “Home.” explores the myths surrounding homelessness and the right to housing. The premiere also introduces some of the organizations working to combat homelessness in North Dakota. The rest of the series is scheduled to be released early in 2019.
The series aims to raise the visibility of what Louis McLeod, Executive Director of the Minot Area Homeless Coalition, calls the “invisible crisis” in North Dakota.
Pastor Lori Broschat is a volunteer at Lake Region Community Shelter, the only emergency shelter in Devils Lake, North Dakota. A native of Devils Lake, Broschat serves her home church at
First United Methodist. Her education prior to ministry was in the healthcare field, and she also trained as an EMT. This, combined with a self-professed bleeding heart and her belief in social justice as a fundamental right have given her many opportunities to engage with people in need.
As a shelter volunteer, Pastor Lori seeks to connect people with services and also to lend support and a kind word. She feels there is too great a disconnect in society between those who experience homelessness, addiction or mental illness or poverty and those who do not and have trouble understanding and empathizing with others in need. In her ministry she challenges people to find ways to do acts of kindness through volunteering or mission projects.
The Grand Forks premiere of the first episode of “Home.” will take place on Wednesday, January 9, at 6 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. Seats may be reserved online on Eventbrite. Prior to the event, the public is invited to join the Human Family and Northlands Rescue Mission from 4 to 5 p.m. The Mission will offer free hors d’oeuvres and a tour of the shelter. Northlands Rescue Mission is Grand Forks’ only emergency homeless shelter. In 2017, the emergency shelter served 526 clients. The Mission empowers homeless men and women to rebuild their lives.
The Grand Forks screening of “Home.” is funded in part by Humanities North Dakota, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities North Dakota or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Home.” is produced by The Human Family, a non-profit organization promoting human rights through film and art. For more information about “Home.” or The Human Family, visit www.human-family.org.