MANDAN, ND—Custer Health announced that the Otto Bremer Trust has awarded grant funds in the amount of $50,000 to Custer Health. The funds will be used to support the Mandan Good Neighbor Project by supplementing staff time and program supplies, as well as creating a syringe disposal kiosk that will be located in the community.
“These funds are so critical for the continued positive impact of the Mandan Good Neighbor Project in our community,” said Custer Health Director of Nursing Jodie Fetsch. “We are truly thankful to the Otto Bremer Trust for supporting this program and we are excited for what this means for the program moving forward.”
The Mandan Good Neighbor Project, North Dakota’s first syringe exchange program, began providing services for clients in January 2018. The program is now a building block in the lives of more than 150 clients, serving as a lifeline of disease prevention, harm reduction, education and referral for clients who are battling addiction of intravenous drugs.
The program is available each week at the Mandan Custer Health location (403 Burlington Street SE in Mandan) for new and current clients on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. New clients are encouraged to come at the beginning of clinic hours (1 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 a.m. on Thursdays) as their first appointment will take at least one hour. More information about the Mandan Good Neighbor Project is available online at https://www.custerhealth.com.
About the Otto Bremer Trust
The Otto Bremer Trust, based in St Paul, Minn., is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $700 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Visit www.ottobremer.org for more information.