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At the Village of Hope groundbreaking on April 29, Rebecca Hoffman, shelter director, listed all of those who have made Village of Hope a possibility:

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E The North Country Health Services board of directors, which agreed to "sell us this perfect land for the perfect price."

E Former state Rep. Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji, who worked to secure bonding dollars for the Village of Hope project.

E The Red Lake Housing Authority, which pledged the first $50,000 toward the project.

E Jim Lucachick, who donated his time to develop the initial concept.

E The George W. Neilson Foundation, which provided $100,000.

E The city of Bemidji, which paid the sewer and water connection fees and the cost of the building permit. Those actions also earned the project points through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, which eventually awarded more than $1 million in funding for Village of Hope.

E The Beltrami County Housing Redevelopment Authority, which will be the ownership entity for the next 30 years (which is a requirement of state bonding dollars).

E Northwest Surveying, which donated much of its time and waived fees for surveying the property.

E First National Bank Bemidji Foundation, which provided $10,000 toward furnishing.

E Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Foundation, which provided $10,000 toward furnishings.

E The Idea Circle, which donated three trailers full of office furnishings from the former Ainsworth plant.

E Mardag Foundation, which provided $10,000 toward furnishing.

E Katie Culshaw, who provided a new logo for Village of Hope.

E Rob Yuretich of Go Ask Rob, who developed the website villageofhopebemidji.org.

At the Village of Hope groundbreaking on April 29, Rebecca Hoffman, shelter director, listed all of those who have made Village of Hope a possibility:

- The North Country Health Services board of directors, which agreed to "sell us this perfect land for the perfect price."

- Former state Rep. Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji, who worked to secure bonding dollars for the Village of Hope project.

- The Red Lake Housing Authority, which pledged the first $50,000 toward the project.

- Jim Lucachick, who donated his time to develop the initial concept.

- The George W. Neilson Foundation, which provided $100,000.

- The city of Bemidji, which paid the sewer and water connection fees and the cost of the building permit. Those actions also earned the project points through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, which eventually awarded more than $1 million in funding for Village of Hope.

- The Beltrami County Housing Redevelopment Authority, which will be the ownership entity for the next 30 years (which is a requirement of state bonding dollars).

- Northwest Surveying, which donated much of its time and waived fees for surveying the property.

- First National Bank Bemidji Foundation, which provided $10,000 toward furnishing.

- Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Foundation, which provided $10,000 toward furnishings.

- The Idea Circle, which donated three trailers full of office furnishings from the former Ainsworth plant.

- Mardag Foundation, which provided $10,000 toward furnishing.

- Katie Culshaw, who provided a new logo for Village of Hope.

- Rob Yuretich of Go Ask Rob, who developed the website villageofhopebemidji.org.

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