MSU, YWCA extend helping hands

Two similar programs, one old and one new, caught our attention last week. Both involve simple acts of kindness that could make a huge difference in the life of a recipient.

First, the old. Minot State University has wisely continued its tradition of welcoming incoming freshmen with a Move In Day.

Remember your first day away at college, or maybe just a summer camp? Remember feeling just a little bit alone, leaving family and friends behind while you embarked on a new adventure? That first day can be murder if you don’t have some support.

A lot of those emotions and apprehensions you likely struggled with your first day on campus might have been swept aside if a team of faculty and fellow students were there to help you carry your belongings into your new home. Small gesture – big reward. Well done, MSU.

YWCA Minot has also latched onto a program that hopefully become a longstanding tradition.

The organization is launching a new “Fresh Start” program for homeless women and children.

It will enable women and children – including boys 12 years and younger – to avail themselves of a 10-minute, hot shower between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.

There are a lot of factors that can prevent women from using a homeless shelter, and this program allows them to at least avail themselves of a quick shower.

That is quite literally a fresh start that desperate women and children need as often as the rest of us do – to prepare for school, work, job interviews, etc.

How wonderful a gesture by the YWCA and its supporters. We look forward to the expansion of this program as other donor groups and individuals get on board.

Nice job YWCA. What will the good people of Minot come up with next?