Shuttered ND shelter for abused women reopening

Associated Press

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — An overnight shelter for abused women is reopening next week in the northeast North Dakota city of Grafton after being closed for more than half a year.

Financial problems initially forced the closure of the Domestic Violence and Abuse Center Inc. shelter last July. It was to reopen in September but Director Jolene Halldorson tells the Grand Forks Herald that problems finding staff prevented that.

The nonprofit group was able to maintain other services, such as helping domestic violence victims get restraining orders.

Halldorson says staff at the shelter has been restructured. There no longer will be a full-time house parent supplemented by part-timers. There now will be five part-time house parents on call, meaning they won't come in or get paid unless there are women in need.