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On Friday, August 18, twenty-six RRI workers at the James River Correctional Center (JRCC) volunteered their time creating and sewing “Blessing Bags” that were donated to the South Central Homeless Coalition. Two Hundred bags were produced from scrap and donated materials. These bags will be filled with hygiene type supplies such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, nail clippers, and small first aid kits, and they will be distributed to regional food banks, correctional facilities, human service centers and zone offices. RRI asked some of our volunteers why they chose to participate and donate their time to this project. Here are a few of their responses: “There are enough people mad about all that is wrong in the world. I am grateful to be happy about what is right and the good that people do.” “It’s about positive energy and I want to be part of it.” “I’ve been homeless before, so I know what it’s like.” “It is the good we need to feed and grow.” “It is nice to do something I want to do and not something I have to do. I like that I’m doing something that will make people feel good.” “No one is immune from life humbling them, so if I can help them, I’m grateful to be able to do so.” A big shout out to the South Central Homeless Coalition team for their great work and allowing RRI to be part of this project!

Rough Rider Industries made bags for the South Central Homeless Coalition Blessing Bags project

GPHA offices closed until 7/27

Great Plains Housing Authority office located at 300 2nd ave NE Suite 200 in Jamestown ND will be closed from Noon on July 25 until Thursday July 27. While waiting on parts for the air conditioning for the office suite, staff will be working remotely. Anyone in need of assistance can still call our office at 701-252-1098 or access our website at for more information.

Mobile food pantry to be in Jamestown, Valley City on July 18

Trucks carrying fresh produce, boxed goods, bakery items, dairy items and meats will be making stops in Valley City and Jamestown on Tuesday, July 18, as part of the Great Plains Food Bank mobile food pantry. All in need of food assistance are welcome to attend and receive food at no cost. The mobile food pantry will stop at Epworth United Methodist Church, 680 8th Ave. SW, Valley City, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at Jamestown High School, 1509 10th St. NE, Jamestown. The Great Plains Food Bank mobile food pantry brings trucks full of fresh food and produce into rural communities struggling with access to food assistance. In 2022, the mobile food pantry served more than 800,000 meals to hungry children, seniors and families at 86 different sites and communities.