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Downtown Gives Back to NAMI Sioux Falls & Gives Real Change to Homeless Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 4
CONTACT: Brienne Maner, DTSF Communications Director, 605-338-4009 ext. 12

Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. (DTSF), participating downtown retailers as well as community members are giving back in two big ways this holiday season: Downtown Gives coupon book sales to benefit NAMI Sioux Falls and a Give Real Change charity drive for the homeless community.

Downtown Gives coupon books go on sale First Friday, November 6th, at 25 partcipating retail locations. Sales of the $15 coupon books will benefit NAMI Sioux Falls and feature great deals just in time for holiday shopping. Books will be sold through December 2015 and coupons are valid through March 31, 2015. Books can be purchased at any of the 25 participating retail locations as well as the DTSF office (230 S Phillips Avenue).

The public is also encouraged to Give Real Change to support the homeless community. An online donation campaign at also launches this Friday, November 6th, and runs through Giving Tuesday, December 1st. Those who do not wish to donate online can mail donation checks to the DTSF office at 230 S Phillips Avenue, Suite 102 c/o Give Real Change.

Give Real Change donations will directly benefit Bishop Dudley Hospitality House, St. Francis House and the Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition.

"Our growing community has so many needs that DTSF wanted to expand the Downtown Gives charity umbrella to directly benefit those shelters and organizations working hard to address homelessness through the new Give Real Change effort," said DTSF Communications Director Brienne Maner.

DTSF will launch a comprehensive social media campaign scheduled for the month which will feature compelling imagery courtesy of Reistroffer Design and a hashtag: #GiveRealChange. Follow the DTSF Facebook page to get updates througout the month.

"We encourage the public not only to give back, but to share with their networks via social media and word of mouth. Chris Reistroffer of Reistroffer Design and Chad Campbell of the Bishop Dudley House have coordinated to create some very compelling imagery which we hope will have an impact in our online efforts to draw attention to the needs of our homeless community," Maner said.

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week also falls in the month of November, which is a chance to contribute to a national movement. As part of the movement, Bishop Dudley Hospitality House is hosting an Inaugural Sleep Out event on Thursday, November 19. Click herefor more information.


Give Real Change Campaign's Direct Community Impact


Curious what the *direct impact a cash donation to the Give Real Change Campaign has on our community?

$20 Donation Impact:

  • $20 provides one night of safe shelter for an individual
  • $20 helps with basic necessities such as toilet paper and soap as part of a welcoming care package for families upon shelter intake
  • $20 provides lunch for 9 guests – the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House averages 125 people a day for lunch

$50 Donation Impact:

  • $50 provides 10 hygiene kits for guests to use so that they can feel prepared to face prospective employers
  • $50 provides a night’s lodging and supportive case management to an individual guest

$75 Donation Impact:

  • $75 provides a safe, secure place for a family to sleep and intensive case management daily
  • $75 provides for activities and snacks for the 7 families to utilize while staying in shelter

$100 Donation Impact:

  • $100 provides for a month’s worth of laundry for guests using the facility 
  • $100 provides for a week’s worth of water for guest’s showers
  • $100 provides for 45 lunches

*Figures provided by the Homeless Advisory Board

Click here to donate online beginning Friday, November 6th through Tuesday, December 1st.

Thank you to our partners: Bishop Dudley Hospitality HouseSt. Francis House, Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition and Reistroffer Design.