House of Manna assists those in emergency situations, but also those who do not have access to other services to meet their needs. This population consists of the needy, the working poor, welfare recipients, those who fall between the cracks of the social system, transients, senior citizens with limited income, and those hit by an unexpected crisis. The service area exceeds a one hundred mile radius of Dickinson, and includes all of southwestern North Dakota, as well as parts of Montana and South Dakota. People from as far away as Minnesota, Idaho, and Texas have accessed the services of House of Manna. Dickinson is a University town and as such, many National and International students have utilized the House of Manna services.
The House of Manna attempts to accomplish its purpose by accepting donations of usable clothing, household goods, beds, small appliances, furniture, and some food items. God supplies these items primarily through the generous donations from the citizens and businesses in the area and surrounding states. The items are sorted and organized, then made available to the needy on a free-will offering basis. The items of clothing that, for whatever reason, cannot be utilized, but are still clean and usable, have been sent to other areas of the world through a federal government program and the God’s Child project. In this way, the vast majority of items donated are utilized with little waste.