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Brainerd couple donates $500K to Fargo at-risk youth shelter project


For the donors, it was a way to give back.

For the recipient, it was a "very welcome surprise," The Forum reports.

And for at-risk young adults in the Fargo area, it could mean another place to stay.

The Forum reports David and Jan McNair donated $500,000 to a North Dakota nonprofit to help fund an expensive youth housing project, which when completed would provide subsidized shelter for dozens of disadvantaged young adults.

The home, WDAY reported, is for people such as teens in foster care who are too old to stay with a family, or young adults who get kicked out of the house.

The McNairs – who called Fargo home for decades but now live in Brainerd – told the paper it was the largest single donation they've ever made.

The money went to Fraser Ltd., which says it is the longest-serving nonprofit in North Dakota, with services aimed at children, youths and adults. Fraser says it serves more than 1,100 people through three major programs.

The housing complex the McNairs' money is going to actually needs another $1 million, at least, to complete, Forum reported. WDAY said when finished, it will have 21 single units and four family units.

In 2012, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation found there were 847 homeless people living in Fargo or Moorhead. Men and women over the age of 18 in Fargo made up 520 of those; there were 19 unaccompanied youth.

The City of Fargo has a list of resources for those who need shelter, food, health care, clothing or employment.

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