With support from our generous donors, Open Your Heart provided The Link with funding towards outreach supplies to be provided to youth experiencing homelessness during the winter months through The Link’s Street Outreach Program and C.O.R.E. Drop-In Center.

The Link was founded in 1991 by former Minnesota Vikings players, Jim Marshall and Oscar Reed, who wanted to support youth in North Minneapolis who were being victimized by crime, getting involved in crime and who were struggling with poverty and homelessness. The Link is still based in their original vision and in North Minneapolis. The Link has grown from a two staff member organization with three programs to an organization that has 22 programs across the Twin Cities area, employs over 150 adult and youth staff members and supports over 2,000 youth and young families each year.