Community Partners Show The Love

February 25, 2024

We’re feeling the love from our community partners! We rely on volunteers and community support to keep the houses looking great, stock the closets with hygiene products and welcome baskets, and spread awareness of our work. Over the last fiscal year, Avenues was fortunate to receive support from many companies,…

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Love is the Heart of Avenues for Youth

February 15, 2024

Recently, youth at Brooklyn Avenues spent time creating self-love jars, pulling affirmation cards, writing a gratitude list, and celebrating the new year. While the youth contemplated love and gratitude, they ate snacks and later watched movies together after the staff cooked a delicious meal to share. In keeping with the…

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ConneQT in Community

November 22, 2023

This fall, ConneQT staff have enjoyed being out into the community, getting into conversation, and building relationships with incredible partners across the Twin Cities!  AARP Twin Cities and StoryCorps Present Listening OutLoud: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Voices  AARP Minnesota and StoryCorps came together to document, preserve and amplify stories from…

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Give to the Max for Community!

November 1, 2023

Give to the Max, Minnesota’s annual giving holiday is upon us! Give to the Max celebrates Minnesotan generosity and its impact on every community across our state. “Research shows that individual giving from donors like you and me is the largest source of revenue for nonprofits each year,” said Jake…

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Wrapping up the Holidays with Comcast 

December 29, 2022

Comcast again this year went above and beyond to ensure that every youth receiving a gift would have it wrapped and given with holiday cheer. For the past few years Avenues has hosted a gift-wrapping event at Prince of Peace Church in Brooklyn Park, to provide an opportunity for all…

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Holiday ConneQT-ions with 3M 

December 29, 2022

Holidays can be a tough time of year for youth experiencing homelessness. They can evoke feelings of rejection and isolation. This is often true especially so for LGBTQ youth whom may be experiencing homelessness because of who they are.  Fortunately, 3M and their Pride ERGs stepped in this year to…

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Upper Room & Their Generosity this Thanksgiving

November 22, 2022

This week, Upper Room generously donated Thanksgiving kits to provide a traditional holiday meal to about 50 young people at Avenues. They included sweet potato pies that the church members personally baked in the church kitchen in collaboration with Sweet Potato Comfort Pie, a non-profit in Golden Valley. This years’…

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Holiday Program 2022!

October 31, 2022

Join the Holiday Event at Avenues! One of the most special ways to get involved with Avenues is to fulfill a youth wish list this holiday season. Each year, we rely on our community to make sure every youth at Avenues has gifts to open and feels that holiday cheer.  …

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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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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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