Open Your Heart provided Avenues for Youth with funding toward replacement bed frames and memory foam mattresses. This grant will improve the quality of Avenues’ crisis and basic needs services. When given a safe place to call home and the support of caring adults, youth experiencing homelessness can grow into thriving young adults.

Avenues partners with youth experiencing homelessness to achieve their dreams. For more than 27 years, Avenues has supported youth ages 16-24 in Hennepin County. Whether a young person needs someplace to stay for just one night, or a year and a half, Avenues support youth to find their path out of homelessness. They provide a stable home, build trusting relationships, and navigate the youth’s education, career, health and wellness, and housing goals.

Avenues for Youth’s Holiday Program

Every year Avenues for Youth partners with organizations in the community to ensure every young person staying in an Avenues shelter or community-based program has a warm and festive holiday season. 

Throughout November they will be signing up individuals or groups to sponsor the holiday wish list of one young person staying at Avenues. On November 23rd Avenues will email all sponsors their youth’s wish list. The list will include the youth’s clothing size, favorite color, particular hobbies or passions, and a few gifts they would appreciate receiving. Each sponsor agrees to spend up to (but not over) $150 on their youth and have all the gifts delivered, unwrapped, to the Avenues for Youth holiday gift-wrapping party on December 17th. 

Wishlist sponsors are free to join Avenues for the holiday wrapping party as they listen to cheerful music, enjoy cookies and cocoa, and get everything wrapped and ready for delivery to the shelter and programs. 

To get involved contact Kevin at [email protected] or 612-834-7080.

Thank you, Avenues for Youth, for everything you do!