The statistics of homeless youth in Minnesota are staggering. There isn’t enough shelter, housing and supportive services in the state for the 4000+ youth who experience homelessness every night.
That’s why we and our partners are working hard to expand our services and reach more youth. You can help! We offer some suggestions below. Thank you!
How you can help
With your support this year, Avenues will help over 200 youth find safe shelter and support. They’ll have the opportunity to transition to a stable young adulthood and become contributing members of our community. Your gifts of dollars, time and in-kind donations make our mission possible.
Here's what you can do:
Donate stock. Call 612-522-1690 for instructions. Ask for Peter.
Donate supplies. Collect personal hygiene supplies or other essential items, such as new clothing or winter gear, and bring them to Avenues. Call us to learn about our current needs or click here for the Wish List page.
Host. Host an event in your home or online through GiveMN.org to benefit Avenues and raise awareness about youth homelessness.
Volunteer. Offer tutoring services to our youth. Plant and maintain our vegetable garden or do yard work. Help clean and maintain our house. Prepare and deliver a meal. (Note: Volunteers must be 21+ and may be subject to a background check and special training. At this time, we are able to accommodate periodic groups of volunteers moreso than individual volunteers.)
The first step in the process is to attend an Information Session & Tour to hear about the mission, programs, and how you can get involved. Take a short tour of the either the Brooklyn Park or Minneapolis Shelter & Transitional Living Program (the information is the same at both locations).
To attend a volunteer info session, click here.
Spread the word. Tell others about the critical services that Avenues provides to homeless youth.
Open your home. Become a host in the GLBT Host Home Program (for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth), Minneapolis Host Home Program (for youth in Minneapolis), or the Suburban Host Home Program (for youth in the suburbs of Hennepin County).