MANDAN, ND, March 28, 2019—Custer Health has received its second grant in the month of March. The health unit was awarded a grant from the Comer Family Foundation in the amount of $8,000 to support staff and supplies utilized through the Mandan Good Neighbor Project.
The Mandan Good Neighbor Project, North Dakota’s first syringe exchange program, began providing services for clients in January 2018. This program offers disease prevention, harm reduction, education and referral to clients using intravenous drugs.
“We are seeing a number of clients go into substance abuse treatment, who are truly thankful for the assistance they received through the Mandan Good Neighbor Project,” said Custer Health Director of Nursing Jodie Fetsch. “A client stopped in yesterday and thanked the nursing staff for being caring and nonjudgmental. Today the client is disease free and we were able to connect that individual with treatment options.”
The Comer Family Foundation grant is the second significant grant Custer Health has received in 2019 to help supplement the Mandan Good Neighbor Project. Earlier in March, grant money was awarded through the Otto Bremer Trust.
The Mandan Good Neighbor Project is available two days each week at the Custer Health office located at 403 Burlington Street SE in Mandan. Clients can utilize the program from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. New clients are encouraged to come at the beginning of the hours block as that first visit takes at least one hour. For more information about the Mandan Good Neighbor Project please visit www.custerhealth.com.