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A beautiful cedar sign graces the front of the Village of Hope. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Shelter dates back to 1985

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A Bemidji couple, Pat and Jaclyn Whiting, initiated Bemidji's first homeless shelter in 1985.

According to a Dec. 22, 1985, Bemidji Pioneer article, the Whitings had thought of becoming missionaries, but realized they could reach out to people in their home town.

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