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July 24, 2012
On May 23, 40 community members took a bus tour that showcased the recent expansion of services and emergency shelter for homeless youth in the Twin Cities metro area. The three-hour tour included stops and conversation at the Youth Opportunity Center, Salvation Army’s Booth Brown House, Face to Face’s SafeZone, Catholic Charities’ Hope Street and Avenues for Homeless Youth. Participants also heard from a StreetWorks Collaborative outreach worker. The Road to Success tour ended with a lunch prepared by youth interns in YouthLink's food service program. The tour’s underlying message: collaboration leads to better outcomes for homeless youth.
At the end of 2011, the Otto Bremer Foundation provided grants totaling $4 million over three years to help organizations in the Twin Cities metro area enhance safety and short-term stability for homeless youth and enable them to move forward on the path of healthy development.
As Otto Bremer Foundation trustee Charlotte Johnson notes, “The community benefits when all youth have opportunities for healthy development. We are pleased to invest in this coordinated, collaborative response to the growing problem of youth homeless.”
Read more about youth homelessness.