Open Your Heart recently provided Life House with funding to refurbish the Drop-in Youth Center. Incorporated in 1991, Life House has provided homeless youth ages 14 to 24 with unconditional support, transitional housing, and a safe alternative to navigating life circumstances that may lead to couch hopping or living on the streets. Life House serves approximately 900 unduplicated youth a year and we work with many young parents with children. In 1996, Life House opened the first transitional living facility for homeless youth in Minnesota.
Life House has over 40 full-time employees, which is comprised of a close-knit team of professionals working to lift up their young people. Their staff includes people with lived experiences, staff with credentials such as Licensed Clinical Social Workers, a License Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Licensed Teacher.
Life House strives to hire a diverse team of people with various backgrounds in regard to race, gender, age, LGBTQ+ identities and cultural backgrounds and traditions.
Given an average of at least 8,000 youth visits per year, the furniture at Life House’s Drop-in Youth Center has endured an immense amount of wear and tear over the last 9 years. With over 32 years of service, Life House has learned that clean, calm and therapeutic spaces matter when welcoming unstably housed youth to supportive services over the year. It is their goal that when youth arrive, they immediately feel safe, welcomed, and valued – along with staff, Life House’s spaces are a critical part of assisting young people and young families to navigate their circumstances that include a multitude of uncertainties.
Thank you, Life House, for everything you do!