Blessing, feast marks homeless memorial
RED LAKE - The Red Lake Homeless Shelter, "Mishkwaa-ga-mii-wii-zaaga'iganiing Giiwishiiwigamig," held a blessing and feast Tuesday to mark National Homeless Person's Memorial Day.
The shelter opened in January 2006.
The shelter, according to Executive Director Carol Priest, has proven its tremendous need: a third of its clientele are children; the majority is 20-40 years old.
"We are always one breath away from needing help," said elder Larry Stillday who provided a blessing for the feast. "This facility is a blessing when that unexpected time in your life befalls you."
Priest started the day Tuesday by lighting a memorial fire outside the facility. Stillday followed with a blessing and memorial drum songs were performed by Muskrat Lodge Singings.
The shelter, 24 hours a day, has seven bedrooms and houses up to 20 people. Fourteen full- and part-time staff works at the facility, which offers three meals a day.