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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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MUMC is BDAY BUDDY!

August 5, 2022

Minnetonka United Methodist Church brought the party to Minneapolis Avenues! To celebrate the 19th birthday of one young man, MUMC came through with an ice cream cake (that was totally devoured by everyone), decorations, candy, a gift card, and… to be extra fun, a piñata! Thank you to everyone at…

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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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Prudential Delivers with Pride!

July 19, 2022

The Prudential Pride ERG held a month-long annual drive for Avenues for Youth, stocking us up on deodorants, toothpaste, underwear, soaps and lotions, alarm clocks, and lots of plush fluffy towels. These are essential items that Avenues always needs and always appreciates. Avenues has found a favorite friend in Prudential.…

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MUMC Brings the Party & Appreciation!

July 19, 2022

Minnetonka United Methodist Church sponsored the July “All House Meeting” at Minneapolis Avenues, supplying three large pizzas, a really fun game, and a giant banner giving appreciation to the program staff who partner directly with the youth. Thank you to everyone at MUMC for your support and kind words. The…

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Thank You Johnson & Johnson!

July 19, 2022

On a hot and steamy day in Mid-July, the Johnson & Johnson Pride ERG came to Minneapolis Avenues and transformed the grounds. Mowing, trimming, power-washing, weeding and gardening, limb removal, and cherry-picking kept a dozen volunteers on the constant move. Avenues really appreciate this sort of hands-on help. The grounds…

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