Youth Connections Drop-In Center

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About

Members from the South Washington County community have been meeting the past six months to plan and organize a drop-in center for youth who are experiencing homelessness. The purpose of a drop-in center is to create a safe and welcoming space for youth ages 13-24 where they can meet their basic needs of food, showers, laundry, clothing, and additional resources. After multiple meetings, it was decided that All Saints Lutheran Church will be the site for the drop-in center, but will be run by Youth Connections from the St. Croix Family Resource Center. This drop-in center is not affiliated with any religion and all are welcome to come.


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Homelessness in Washington County

For current statistics on homelessness in our area, please contact Crystal Gentry, the Homeless Liaison for District 833. Crystal’s email is: cgentry@sowashco.org

Read the 2018 study of homelessness that was completed by the St. Croix Family Resource Center: https://stcroixfrc.org/index.php/2018/06/04/youth-homelessness-study-completed/


How to Help

  • Donate your time and talents by becoming a volunteer for the Youth Connections Drop-in Center (YCDC). Register below!

  • Donate items to the drop-in center (see the list below).

  • Donate money to cover the cost of the buildout renovations. Please make checks payable to All Saints Lutheran Church; memo line: buildout. This money will go toward building showers and a laundry space for use by the YCDC.

Items needed

  • Gently used, age-appropriate clothing

  • Pantry food items - i.e. microwavable items: mac and cheese, Ramen noodle cups, and soup, fruit cups, protein granola bars, crackers, etc.

  • Printer paper

  • Backpacks

  • Gift cards in small amounts ($5-$10) - McDonalds, Starbucks, Target, Walmart, gas stations, etc.

  • Money for funding this important supportive service for our local youth


VOLUNTEER TRAINING

There will be a second volunteer training on Tuesday, October 1 from 6:00-8:00pm. Please register below and make sure to complete the following paperwork:
Volunteer Training Manual
Volunteer Application

OPEN HOUSE!

Come to All Saints on Tuesday, September 10 for the Youth Connections Drop-in Center open house from 2:00-4:00pm.

The drop-in center will open on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 and will be open every Tuesday from 3:00-6:00pm.