Former board member retires – InForum


Fargo, ND: Beyond Shelter, Inc. (BSI) has announced the end of an era with the retirement of Bev Rohde from its Board of Directors. Bev served on the Board of Directors for BSI’s 23 years of operation. During his tenure, the organization gained development capacity and expertise while expanding its service area. When Bev’s hometown of Minot suffered devastating flooding in 2011, she supported BSI’s expansion into that market to accelerate recovery efforts. During the oil patch in western North Dakota, she again saw an opportunity for BSI to help meet the urgent housing needs that arose. As active members of the community, prior to her tenure at BSI, Bev served on the board of the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority for many years. She and her late husband, George, owned and operated the Gallery West framing shop in Fargo for 25 years. The Board of Directors and staff of Beyond Shelter, Inc. would like to thank Bev for her legacy of compassion and advocacy for those most in need, as well as her commitment to the community. Bev did more than cut ribbons and shake hands, she was a true leader. Bev will step down from the board in April to be closer to her family.

When asked what her time on the BSI Board has meant to her, she commented: “It’s so rewarding to know that what started as an idea all those years ago has grown into the successful organization it is today. Beyond Shelter is a shining example of what can happen when you include smart, energetic, mission-dedicated people. I’m lucky to have been part of it. »

During Bev’s tenure on the BSI Board, the organization grew from a simple idea to a full-scale, mission-driven property development organization. During his 23 years in office:

• Bev was president for 13 years and secretary for 8 years

• BSI grew from 1 employee to 13 employees

• BSI opened 45 developments, creating 1,231 affordable rental units, and will open another 378 units this year.

Dan Madler, CEO of Beyond Shelter, said, “The word that comes to mind when I think back to Bev’s contribution as a member of Beyond Shelter’s Board of Directors is gratitude. Bev’s generous investment of time, expertise and advice over the past 23 years has been key to Beyond Shelter’s growth and success in developing housing for those who need it most and for that , I will be eternally grateful to them.

To learn more about Bev’s legacy and contributions to Beyond Shelter, Inc. and the Fargo community, visit:

About Beyond Shelter, Inc.: Beyond Shelter, Inc. is a Fargo-based nonprofit affordable housing developer. The organization works in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. The average household income of tenants of BSI properties is less than $20,000 per year. BSI prides itself on building partnerships within communities to do the work of creating affordable housing for those who need it most.


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