Announcing a New Program Partner

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 pam.langseth@openhandsfoundation.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!