FARGO — A Fargo homeless shelter that hasn't been renovated since it moved to its new location over 50 years ago is celebrating a much-needed makeover.

The New Life Center had a grand reopening of its brand new facility Thursday, July 11. Staff members say every square inch of the building was updated. Renovations took a year and a half to finish, but the building stayed open during construction.

Shelter updates include a new kitchen, fresh couches and paint for living spaces and 30 new overflow beds. Rob Swiers, the executive director of the New Life Center, said he hopes the changes will make the building look more inviting to guests.

"This isn't a 'we and they' type of a thing," he said. "We want to send the message clearly to them but also the community at large. We're all in this together."

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