A new domestic violence shelter in Devils Lake is trying to raise money to keep its doors open.

A new domestic violence shelter in Devils Lake is trying to raise money to keep its doors open.

The Safe Alternatives for Abused Families shelter opened in April, and Director Molly McDonald says that there have been only two days in which no one has used it.

The shelter serves a seven-county area, including the Spirit Lake Reservation. McDonald says the need has far exceeded projections, and it costs more than $500 per day to run the shelter.

Each county and the reservation contributed $5,000 to get the shelter operating. The Devils Lake Journal reports that the Ramsey County Commission on Tuesday agreed to provide an additional $5,000 to keep it running.

Fundraisers also are planned Friday and Oct. 19 to help address the budget shortfall.