Open Your Heart provided The Link with funding toward temporary hotel/motel stays. This support will help Neighborhood House prevent eviction and homelessness for low-income St. Paul families in crisis or transition.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 28 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. The Link offers programming in three areas:
HOUSING & SERVICES DIVISION: housing and supportive services for youth and young families experiencing homelessness.
YOUTH ADVOCACY DIVISION: positive alternative programs for youth in the juvenile justice system.
SAFE HARBOR DIVISION: emergency shelter, housing and supportive services for youth who have been sexually exploited.
“We are so grateful for Open Your Heart’s grant funding! Your support will allow us to meet the basic needs of so many young people experiencing homelessness this winter. Thank you for thinking of us for a grant highlight!” – The LinkThank you, The Link, for everything you do!