Bismarck Panel Discussion on Homelessness

A panel discussion about homelessness took place after the premiere of the first episode of “Home. The Homelessness Crisis in North Dakota“.

The panel focused on homelessness in the areas surrounding Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota. The goal of the discussion was to raise the visibility of what Louis McLeod, Executive Director of the Minot Area Homeless Coalition, calls the “invisible crisis” in North Dakota.

Moderated by Scott Fry, Senior Program Director for the Consensus Council, the panel discussion included: Jena Gullo, Executive Director of the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way; Mark Heinert, Homeless Program Manager, YouthWorks; and Mark Meier, Executive Director of Heaven’s Helpers Soup Cafe.

Panel discussion about homelessness. Bismarck, North Dakota, on December 5, 2018.

The Bismarck premiere of the first episode of “Home.” premiered in Bismarck on Wednesday, December 5 at 6 p.m. at the Heritage Center. The event was free and open to the public.

A portion of the Bismarck screening of “Home.” was 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 a 12-part limit-series documenting the homelessness crisis in North Dakota. Understanding housing as a human right and as an inherent need to the health and happiness of all persons, the series examines the myths of homelessness, the individuals impacted, the causes and the community response to the epidemic. The series tentatively scheduled to be released early in 2019.

“Home.” is produced by The Human Family, a North Dakota non-profit dedicated to promoting human rights and social justice through film and art. For more information about “Home.” or The Human Family, visit




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