The leader in launching in-crisis 18-29 year-olds into successful adulthood
What: Provide a safe space and empower unstably housed in-crisis young adults with the tools, resources and support needed to transition successfully towards adulthood—enabling life-saving outcomes.
How: We focus on relationship and trust building, advocacy, and navigation of the numerous complex agencies and systems with which young adults must engage to achieve success.
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Values – We believe that…
- …We must honor the ways our participants identify by creating safe and welcoming practices. – CULTURAL COMPETENCY
- …No one is beyond redemption – REDEMPTION
- …Everyone is a whole person and we support them as such – WHOLENESS
- …Ministry requires building long term trusting relationships – TRUST
- …Collaboration with other service providers is necessary to do this work – PARTNERSHIP
- …The whole community is responsible for the needs of young adults – SHARED RESPONSIBILITY
These practices are the backbone of the agreed-upon behavioral expectations for all staff, volunteers and youth who enter our space. We also recognize that becoming an adult requires safe places to practice adult behaviors. “Adulting” means that together we are…
- Practicing Mutual Respect
- Practicing Community Building
- Practicing Accountability
- Practicing Positive Outcomes
What We Do
- Support struggling and homeless 18-29 year olds at our drop-in resource center and through outreach in schools and other locations in Carver and Scott County
- Provide access to housing programs by providing housing/homeless assessments to 18-29 year olds
- Provide personal and household products, snacks, food, clothing and other supplies (as donated by the community)
- Provide mentoring through various means, including formal mentoring relationships, our Adulting Game (goal setting to earn gas & gift cards), informal conversations with staff and volunteers
- Manage a scattered-site housing program (available only through the housing assessment)
- Connect individuals with various resources throughout the area: housing, education, financial support, transportation, resources for children, etc.
- Network with churches, government, businesses, and other service organizations to best serve young people in our area
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