Avenues Plans for Leadership Transition

Executive Director Deborah Loon to Step Down After 9 Years  Deborah Loon, who has led Avenues for Homeless Youth as its executive director for over nine years, has announced her decision to step down this fall to pursue other personal and professional objectives. The transition to a new executive director will occur by October 1, 2017. Avenues’ board of directors …

Creative Community Responses to Youth Homelessness

Youth homelessness in the United States is an under-reported crisis. The statistics are truly startling. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as many as 1.6 million children are presently homeless. In Minnesota where I am a youth worker there are over 4,000 youth 16-21 experiencing homelessness on any given night. Youth-specific shelter beds in Minnesota are …

Fundraising Events in January

NO HOUSE TO CALL MY HOME | A Reading & Community Discussion JANUARY 30, 2016 3-4:30pm Shir Tikvah | 1360 W Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419 Tickets: nohousetocallmyhome.eventbrite.com Reading by Ryan Berg from his new book, No House to Call My Home (Nation Books) with Comments by Senator Scott Dibble & Rabbi Michael Latz Each $25 ticket includes: Copy of …

Star Tribune | Some nonprofits, hurt by the recession, are now expanding

By Neal St. Anthony and Patrick Kennedy Banyan Community, after a three-year fundraising campaign, is building a $6 million center that will allow it to serve at least 100 more low-income children in the Phillips neighborhood Avenues for Homeless Youth has gone from bleeding money in 2007 to expanding into a new Brooklyn Park facility this year. The Bridge for …

New app looks to connect teens and social service providers

By Neal St. Anthony | Star Tribune | July 15, 2015 A business-nonprofit collaboration has resulted in a new Web application that is helping Twin Cities homeless boys and girls find shelter, a bed and needed services from a dozen agencies that support young people. It also helps families connect with related services faster. “This puts the resources right in …