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Are you looking for ways to help VIP? We are currently running a fundraiser to repair our parking lot!

Our parking lot and front entrance are in dire need of repair. Parts of the pavement have sunk, leaving other parts sticking up, become a tripping hazard. For a temporary fix, we painted them orange to make them more visible.

Our parking lot is heaving and cracking and crumbling, with large potholes. While most adults can navigate around the potholes, it ‘s hazardous and unsafe, especially for the kids in our shelter that have to run outside to catch the school bus every morning.

It also hinders our facility’s accessibility, creating difficulty for people that need access to our services. A recent client, who was seeing impaired, was uncomfortable at the shelter, so we put her up in a safe hotel. It ‘s reasonably close to our shelter, so clients can usually walk over and get help with paperwork, eat a meal or to talk to an advocate.

One particular client was very independent and hated asking for help, as many of our clients do. She kept reminding us that she was independent. She was not disabled; she was capable of taking care of herself.

Our staff had reservations about letting her walk over to the shelter by herself because we were concerned she would not be able to navigate the parking lot.

We suggested that one of our staff pick her up, driving her back to the office. She declined, stating, “No, that’s OK. I will just stay here and eat some crackers.” She did not want to be a burden or receive special treatment.

We did, eventually, convince her to accept a ride, but it was discouraging for both her and us, having to treat her as someone who was disabled: she fought so hard to be independent.

The Pothole Project

In 1999, ground was broken for the new Violence Intervention Project building. Little did they know at the time, the problems VIP would face. Long forgotten, watch the story unfold. What happened in The Pothole Project?

Donation options include:

  • Credit card, debit card, or PayPal with the button below
  • Check/Money Order
  • Cash drop-off

Please donate to secure our future.

Mailing Address

Violence Intervention Project

PO Box 96

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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