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New Members Join Avenues’ Board of Directors

February 21, 2022

Avenues is excited to share that five new members have joined our Board of Directors! Last month we introduced three members, and are excited to share that Susan Grelling and Molly Monahan have also joined our board. Learn more about Susan and Molly below. Molly Monahan, Director of IT Project…

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TopLine Inspires Other to Give

February 16, 2022

TopLine Federal Credit Union inspired a gift to Avenues! Brett, a Future Foam Inc. employee, recently saw a bedding drive hosted at TopLine for Avenues. Feeling inspired, he approached his company to donated six brand new mattresses to Avenues. Thank you, Brett, Future Foam Inc. and TopLine!

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Minnesota Association for Justice Shares the Love

February 14, 2022

Thank you Minnesota Association for Justice for sharing the love with youth on Valentine’s Day! Youth are being surprised with these adorable Valentine’s goodie bags. The goodie bags are filled with candy, fuzzy socks, lip balm, and more. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Keeps Youth Warm

February 4, 2022

Thank you to our friends at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for making handmade quilts for youth at Avenues! These warm blankets will come in handy during the winter months. Thank you, Prince of Peace!

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Successful Meet and Greet in ConneQT

January 21, 2022

ConneQT, a host home program of Avenues, provides LGBTQI+ youth culturally responsive housing within their community of choice. In ConneQT, youth choose which community member they live with and those community members provide housing and food, while Avenues staff provides wrap-around services and support. Youth determination is at the center of…

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New Members Join Avenues’ Board of Directors

January 21, 2022

Avenues is excited to share that five new members have joined our Board of Directors! Over the next two months we’ll share a little about each member, starting with Mikal Nabors, Kopper Joi Overton, and Sam Blackwell. Please join us in welcoming our new members and read more about them…

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Barriers to Job Hunting

December 28, 2021

Kell is 20-years-old and living at Avenues. He’s happy to have a mailing address and a washer and dryer. He thinks Toni, a Youth Support Specialist on team, is “cool AF,” and wants Avenues to create programs for first time renters with no credit. He doesn’t believe there should be…

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Happy Holidays at Avenues

December 28, 2021

The holidays were made bright for youth at Avenues thanks to so many community partners and volunteers! In early November, youth and families in Avenues programs filled out holiday wish lists. Youth could be as creative and specific as they wanted as long as they stayed within a budget. Every…

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Raven’s Story

December 9, 2021

“My dream is for people to actually love themselves and not have race conflicts. To not be judged.” – Raven, a former youth at Avenues *Raven recently moved out of an Avenues program. She has a lot of advice for youth who might stay at Avenues, including to wear shower…

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Youth Want Affordable Housing

November 29, 2021

Learn about youth homelessness from Justice, an 18-year-old living at Avenues. Justice’s interview highlights the impact of Minnesota’s housing and rental market. Currently, the Twin Cities have the worst housing shortage in the nation. On top of that, the average cost for an apartment in Minneapolis is over $1,500 a…

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