Project BEE desires our services to continue to evolve as the needs of our service area change. We want to continue to meet rural community needs, not just now, but long into the future.
Below is a summary of the impact Project BEE has had through our programs in recent years through the generosity of our supporters and volunteers.
Dakota Diaper Pantry
The need is great. Project BEE’s diaper pantry is one of only two diaper pantries serving the entire state of North Dakota. Many parents are required to provide diapers to have their child in daycare while they work or go to school. According to the National Diaper Bank Network, 57% of parents experiencing diaper need said they missed an average of four days of school or work in the previous month because they didn't have diapers to supply to their daycare facility.
The average cost of a one-month supply of diapers for one child is $80, and that cost is rising. It is also not uncommon for a family to have two or more children in diapers at once.
2019: Diapers provided to emergency shelter clients only.
2020: 102 Unique Families Provided with Diapers in 2020
2021: Monthly distribution amounts are increasing.
102 Unique Families Provided in 20200%
In 2020, we closed our 28-bed emergency shelter facility and began issuing limited budget vouchers for motel rooms to those in need.
2019: 114 individuals/3403 nights of shelter
2020: 63 individuals/2399 nights of shelter
Over 5800 nights of shelter provided0%
Our referrals are often from social services and other nonprofits. These clients are "high risk" for homelessness, CPS involvement, and other negative interactions with government systems. Clothing is just a small part of the basic needs provided through this program. We also offer the following:
- Period Hygiene
- Personal Hygiene
- Winter Clothing
- Baby Formula
2019: 211 unique visits of an individual or a family unit
2020: 541 unique visits of an individual or a family unit
Rising Community Closet Visits
Over 750 provided with closet access0%
As the word spreads about our shower program, we anticipate significant growth in the number of individual visits. We offer the only free showers in Minot. We have seen men experiencing homelessness enter employment again through this program. A shower and shave make a huge difference in a person’s self-image and the image they present to others.
2019: 3 unique visits
2020: 26 unique visits (100% men)
Increasing Shower Program Visits
26 Unique Visits in 20200%