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Why I Support Avenues

June 6, 2023

A Dream Maker Perspective How did you become a Dream Maker for Avenues and the youth? I became a Dream Maker over three years ago once I started working at Avenues as the Director of Development. But the Dream Maker Society sparked my interest long before that as I was…

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Avenues is the Quorum Non-Profit of the Year!

May 22, 2023

Quorum, the Minnesota LGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce, recognized Avenues for Youth as the 2023 Non-Profit of the Year during their annual Social Leadership Awards dinner. Katherine Meerse, Executive Director of Avenues, accepted the award and thanked this LGBTQI+ business community for their unwavering support for youth experiencing homelessness and spotlighting…

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Thank You to Westminster Church!

May 22, 2023

Thank you to the Community Partners Ministry Team of Westminster Church for the $8,500 grant award. The funding will help Avenues to support over 250 youth experiencing homelessness this year. It was so fun to speak at the Social Justice Forum on Sunday, May 21st. Gratitude from the panel of…

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MN Pride Rotary Shows Support in Style!

May 22, 2023

On Friday May 19th, as a part of the international Rotary Day of Service, the Minnesota Pride Rotary Chapter (on the third LGBTQ+ Rotary Club in the country) surprised the staff at Avenues for Youth with a “a dinner and show” in appreciation of all the critical work being done…

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Thank You to Pax Christi Catholic Community!

May 22, 2023

Thank the Social Justice Board of Pax Christi Catholic Community for the $8,000 grant award. The funding will help Avenues to provide home furnishings and support for young families as they transition out of homelessness and into their own apartments. It was so fun to gather with the other grantees…

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Thank You to Pilgrim House Unitarian Universalist Church!

May 22, 2023

On Sunday May 21st, The Pilgrim House community welcomed Avenues for Youth to lead a “Pride Chat” conversation about LGBTQI+ youth homelessness. Over 400+ laws have been introduced over passed across 21 states that specifically target the LGBTQI+ community, and trans and non-binary youth in particular. This ugly political and…

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Osseo Lions Roar with Support!

May 22, 2023

The Osseo Lions Club is one of the most generous and consistent supporters of Avenues for Youth. Ever since ground was broken on the Brooklyn Park Avenues shelter in 2013, this club has consistent showed up and shown support for young people experiencing homelessness. Each year the Lions, a club…

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Topline Gives Again!

May 22, 2023

During February and March, the Topline Financial Credit Union Community collected hundreds of diapers and baby wipes for the Young Families Program at Avenues for Youth. This collection will provide critical support for 15 families that include over 20 toddlers under the age of four. Approximately 35% of youth experiencing…

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Our Fraternity Friends

April 27, 2023

A group of brothers living in Minnesota from the Delta Phi Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. donated welcome bags to Avenues for Youth. This organization’s mission to build better brotherhood and promoting unity among gay men and supporting progressive social and civic welfare. The members act as ambassadors of the African-American LGBTQ+…

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Gay for Good is GREAT

April 26, 2023

Avenues for Youth owes a special thank you to the Minnesota chapter of Gay for Good. This organization is purposed at volunteering in order to promote diversity, inclusion and strengthening ties to the community. Avenues’ annual event, Building on Dreams, could not have happened without the dedicated and determined help…

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