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Meet Rachel Hatch, Avenues New Director of Programs

October 27, 2021

Rachel Hatch joined Avenues in October 2021. As the Director of Programs, she oversees Avenues’ five core programs and supervises the program managers and program staff team. Rachel brings over 25 years of equity-centered nonprofit experience in the housing/homelessness field with specific expertise in youth homelessness and supportive housing. Most…

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Meet Shannon, A Donor Who Knows the Importance of Speaking Your Truth

October 26, 2021

Over the last two months Avenues has gotten to know Shannon*, a donor to Avenues who is passionate about supporting youth experiencing homelessness. She’s a successful I.T. professional, and happily married with two kids, step children, and grandchildren. She’s proud of her tight-knit family, and was encouraged by her daughter…

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Tia’s Story

September 30, 2021

“It’s just like your own house if you were to stay here,” Tia* said about staying at Avenues. Tia moved into Avenues over the summer, and after only a month in the program she has advice for youth who may stay at Avenues in the future. “It’s going to feel…

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Peer-to-peer Fundraise for Avenues this Give to the Max Day

September 30, 2021

Give to the Max Day, November 18th, is just around the corner! Give to the Max Day is a state wide giving event in Minnesota and an important fundraiser for Avenues. This year we’ll be raising money for vital supports, like Avenues health and wellness team. Your support can help…

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Meet Kailee and Patrick, Monthly Donors To Avenues

September 16, 2021

September is dedicated to Avenues’ monthly donors like Kailee and Patrick! Monthly donors provide a financial foundation that allows Avenues to plan during unpredictable times like now. They also give Avenues stability to stay open 24/7 to youth needing shelter, housing, or support. Monthly donors are so important to Avenues,…

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Meet Siri and Kagan, Monthly Donors to Avenues

September 13, 2021

September is dedicated to Avenues’ monthly donors like Siri and Kagan! Monthly donors provide a financial foundation that allows Avenues to plan during unpredictable times like now. They also give Avenues stability to stay open 24/7 to youth needing shelter, housing, or support. Monthly donors are so important to Avenues,…

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Xcel Day of Service at Avenues

September 10, 2021

This month Xcel Energy volunteers spent time at our two shelter and transitional living programs, Minneapolis Avenues and Brooklyn Avenues. Volunteers spent an afternoon learning about youth homelessness and helping staff with yard work. They pulled weeds, mowed and raked, and prepped our community gardens for next year. Thanks to…

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United Way Kick Starts Back to School at Avenues

August 25, 2021

This month Twin Cities United Way donated 112 backpacks full of school supplies for youth at Avenues! The backpacks will help kick start youth going back to school this fall. “A lot of youth (at Avenues) are over eighteen and out of high school,” James Mullins, Avenues Education and Career…

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Meet Judy, A Young Person at Avenues

August 20, 2021

Judy, a 20-year-old at Minneapolis Avenues, shared about her journey at Avenues. Read her interview below. Judy’s Interview What can society do better for youth?  Listen to youth. Ask youth what they need instead of assuming. What do you think causes youth homelessness?  Mental health, family issues, unfair adults, and…

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Meet Alexis, a Mom in Avenues’ Young Families Program

August 4, 2021

Alexis, a parenting youth in our Avenues Young Families Program, shared about her experience and expertise on the program. In this program, single or coupled parents receive rental support while working one-on-one with Avenues staff on their goals. The program supports twelve families at a time, and parents are 18-24…

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