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Dream Maker Spotlight with Rebecca Spartz

November 29, 2022

Rebecca Spartz joined the Dream Maker Society just over a year ago and has been a longtime supporter of Avenues. Her career working with people facing great challenges, starting as a social worker, has been a significant influence in her life. Rebecca currently holds the position of Director, Behavioral Health…

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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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Avenues Makes the News!

July 27, 2022

On Sunday the 24th of July over two dozen volunteers from Moms Demand Action came back again to Minneapolis Avenues to help make the house a source of beauty and pride for the neighborhood. Having already planted flowers and cleaned up the landscaping, the group weeded, watered, washed, mowed, mulched,…

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Intersectionality and Homelessness

June 20, 2022

In a recent email, we mentioned that there isn’t a single reason why someone experiences homelessness: it’s intersectional. So what does that mean to a young LGBTQ person without a stable home?  Intersectionality is a framework that thinks about our gender, race, political identity, social identity, gender identity, sexual orientation,…

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Kicking off Pride ’22

June 6, 2022

Even though it felt like we crossed over to a new day in the fight for Queer rights, here we are fighting “don’t say gay” and countless erasure attempts that target LGBTQ people. These acts of hate are uniquely damaging to young people. Around 40% of the 2,500 youth living without…

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Advocate for Youth During the 2022 Minnesota Legislative Session

March 16, 2022

Join Avenues for Youth in advocating for resources to support youth experiencing homelessness during the 2022 Minnesota legislative session! The stakes are higher than ever as 13,300 youth in Minnesota will experience homelessness this year alone.  Avenues works to ensure the safety and dignity of young people on their journey…

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Meet Toni in Twenty Questions

March 8, 2022

On this International Women’s Day, Avenues is highlighting Toni, a Youth Support Specialist and Food Coordinator at Minneapolis Avenues. Toni has been with Avenues for almost a year and has been essential during the pandemic in keeping our North Minneapolis shelter and transitional living program running smoothly. Thank you Toni for…

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