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Xcel Day of Service at Avenues for Youth!

September 13, 2022

Rain could dampen our spirits on Friday September 9th, as a dedicated group from Xcel Energy braved the weather (and thunder) to help landscape the grounds at our Minneapolis Avenues location. The Xcel staff put on their rain slickers and got to work with weeding, mulching, apple picking, and even…

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Thriving with Thrivent Friends

September 13, 2022

Many Avenues supporters have Thrivent accounts and with that comes the option to direct your Thrivent Choice dollars. Two family members of an Avenues staff member made sure to maximize every penny of their gift by strategically buying items for the organization of our Amazon Wishlist. Thank you to Cindy…

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Top of the Class with Topline Financial

September 6, 2022

Topline Financial Credit Union showed up in support of students. Their August school supply drive yielded scores of backpacks, pens, calculators, note books, binders, markers, and more. Literally over a thousand different items were donated to youth currently partnering with Avenues to support their educational goals. Research compiled by the…

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Donor Highlight: Meet Sheri and Emily

August 26, 2022

A Mother Introduced to Avenues by her Daughter  Sheri Johnson has been supporting Avenues for over six years. She is a Dream Maker, a board member, and a wonderful friend of Avenues. However, Sheri’s daughter, Emily Beck, is the longtime Avenues supporter of the family. Sheri and Emily recently shared…

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ConneQTions between Hosts and Youth

August 24, 2022

Youth determination is at the center of our process when matching youth with hosts. In ConneQT, youth get to read the applications of hosts (in each application hosts write an open letter describing who they are and why they want to host) and the youth get to decide who they’d…

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The Intersection of Gun Violence and Youth Homelessness

August 24, 2022

Like every corner of our country today, from shopping malls and night clubs to elementary schools and churches, our neighborhood in North Minneapolis has not been immune from the crisis of ongoing gun violence. Last month multiple gun shots rang out on our street, very close to the Minneapolis shelter.…

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Beers, Bags, and a Ecolab Blast!

August 24, 2022

Over 50 team members from Ecolab’s Connect and Pride ERG’s gathered at the Lake Monster Brewery in St. Paul to assemble the most incredible to-go bags for LGBTQIA+ youth that visit the Avenues drop-in hours at Family Tree Clinic. This event, months in the planning, produced not only needed supports…

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UUCM: A Valued Community Partner

August 5, 2022

Thank you to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka for their continued support of Avenues for Youth. On Sunday July 31st, the church hosted Avenues for Youth to present during the service as well as lead a conversation about root causes of youth homelessness afterwards. All giving during the services…

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Xcel Energy = Excellent Partner!

August 5, 2022

A dozen volunteers from Xcel Energy helped Avenues create welcome baskets for new youth coming into the shelters. The Pride ERG led the team, with employees from a wide variety of departments, to come together and help the house at Avenues feel like a home. Every new youth that walks…

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Infor-ming the community with John!

August 5, 2022

A new favorite friend, John, and many of his colleagues from Infor, a software development company, have once again donated their labor and love to LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness at Avenues. Infor hosted an employee-led drive for umbrellas, bedding, hair brushes, sweatshirts, and water bottles. Items we always need! John…

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