Presentation Partners in Housing


To assist families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with help toward rent, security deposit, or utilities (heat, water, lights).


The Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM) of Fargo, ND, created the idea behind the Presentation Partners in Housing (PPiH) program in 1988 after studying the Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN area and finding unmet housing needs.  PPiH began as a ministry for homeless families called Affordable Housing Ministry.  However, it became evident to the Sisters that preventing homelessness for nuclear families was a more effective means of assistance than undoing homelessness and its effects.  The first year a handful of families were assisted and eligibility covered parent or married parents with children.  It was directed by Srs. Frances and Evonne until 1993 when Sr. Jane Walker became the director.  All interviews were done in families' homes.  By 1999 the reputation of the program had spread and it became impossible to conduct all interviews in families' homes due to the large numbers seeking assistance.  Most were now coming to the Presentation Center for interviews.  In 2000, Sharon Kleeman, LCSW, was hired as the Housing Advocate to assist Sr. Jane.  By 2002 all interviews took place in the Presentation Center and Sharon Kleeman took over as director.  It was also during this time that PPiH began to assist both individuals unable to work temporarily due to a medical condition and unmarried parents.  In 2008 home visits were again initiated with those who were in extrememe situations such as struggling to find employment, experiencing difficulties completing a GED (general educational development), or the challenges of overcoming an addiction, to mention a few.

Organization Info

Executive Director
Cheri Gerken
1 full-time
Board Members and Affiliations
Year Formed
Counties Served
Clay, MN
Cass, ND
Meeting Frequency
6 per year
Tax-Exempt Organization Type
501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity

Financial Info

Organization Files Form 990
Top Three Funding Sources
Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Fargo Alex Stern Foundation Private Donations

Contact Info

Street Address
1101 - 32nd Avenue South
Fargo, North Dakota (ND) 58103
Mailing Address
1101 - 32nd Avenue South
Fargo, North Dakota (ND) 58103
(701) 235-6861
(701) 237-9822
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Board Members

Millie Bach
Park Company Realtors

Gail Bollinger
Southeastern ND Community Action Agency

Patty Craft
Community Representative

Dan Mahli
City of Fargo Planning Office

Laetitia Mizero
SENDCAA Head Start

Denise Mullen
Sanford Health

Sr. Del Rey Rudnick
Presentation Center

Tamara Spry
Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Sr. Eugenia Tessier
Presentation Center

Bill Willis
Cass County Social Services

Sr. Jane Walker
Presentation Center

Sr. Olivia Scully
Presentation Center