Great story in the Chan Villager regarding Hope House. Thanks Unsie Zuege for sharing our story!
Thanks to all of our donors and community supporters for their generous gifts and encouragement. We opened a shelter, 24/7/365, in January of 2016 and made a difference in over 490 youths lives. Read more about our year in our annual report here.
We are excited to continue providing emergency services for youth in crisis in our same location. In 2016, we made a positive impact on over 500 teens. We have renamed the shelter, Hope House. Many of you know this location as that name and we believe it reflects what we hope to provide every teen who enters the shelter. Hope House will provide pathways for family reunification; housing stability and permanency; and independence and self sufficiency for youth and their families.
The annual Lake Minnetonka Excelsior Rotary rose sale has begun. Today through March 10, you may order a dozen roses for $20 and benefit Hope House, the shelter for youth in crisis. To learn more, click here. Thank you to the Lake Minnetonka Excelsior Rotary for their support!
A New Program Partner. Introducing 180 Degrees
In November of 2015, the Open Hands Foundation along with its partners, began a pilot study to meet the needs of youth in crisis by opening an emergency shelter providing support, counseling, and shelter for youth in crisis. One of our goals with this pilot study was to make sure we had the right services and program partner. We are grateful for the Bridge for Youth's involvement in launching and running this shelter. We have made a mutual decision with The Bridge for Youth to end the current contract effective January 31, 2017.
We are pleased to announce our new partner, 180 Degrees. This organization has been meeting the needs of people in crisis for over 35 years. Today they operate shelters for youth in crisis, sex trafficked girls, and people transitioning back into society from prison. We are excited to have their expertise working with youth in crisis in our community. Learn more about 180 Degrees here.
We are working to ensure that support for youth will be available throughout this transition. Dr Robert Ward, Manager of the House, will be available Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm at the shelter, and can be reached at 507-351-1481. Once the transition is complete, we will continue to offer professional programming and services, and potentially a few new programs based upon lessons learned. The service and programming will continue to be available to youth at no charge.
We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of youth in crisis as well as addressing, with this new partner, findings we have learned. We recognize that you may have some questions on this change. For more information, please contact Pam Langseth at email@example.com or 612-207-4674.
Thanks again for your Support!
We appreciate your support and look forward to sharing more news with you in 2017!