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Help us make sure families have a place. Today and everyday.

There are few things more important than shelter. We also know that shelter means more than just one thing for the families we serve. In providing day time shelter 364 days a year, we offer families meals, childcare, school pick-up and drop-off. We connect parents and children to the support they need, from night time shelter to other social services.

Today, 17 years after I founded The Family Place, I see that the need is greater than ever for families. Record numbers are coming through our doors for support, and given the current Twin Cities housing shortage, they are also staying with us longer.

Our resolve is strong as we pursue our mission to help families navigate the crises of poverty. Over the years, I have been motivated not just by the families we serve but by you, the wider community.

Please show your support by donating online here. Thank you!

The Family Place

Imagine… living in your vehicle, couch surfing, moving from house to house. Many families do not have to imagine it, they are living it.

The Family Place services include three meals and a snack each day, shower, laundry, and storage facilities, Montessori childcare, pick up and drop off for school-aged children, budgeting/savings program, and assistance accessing services.

A comprehensive program model, entitled Going Home, was designed: Montessori, Adult Life Skills, Youth Development and Leadership Program; The Lovejoy Community Garden in partnership with The Urban Farm and Garden Alliance, Healthy Meals program, and The Night Shelter: a 16-bed home located in West St. Paul.

The Family Place has challenging goals to change the way shelter stays are spent, bring humanity back in the way shelter systems operate, and to end repeated bouts of homelessness and generational homelessness via education and empowerment leading to permanent, self-sustainability.

The Family Place Meets Standards!!

The Family Place is now a Meets Standards® organization with Charities Review Council. The review process examined four key areas: Public Disclosure, Governance, Financial Activity, and Fundraising. As a Meets Standards® organization, we have led our organization to greater strength, efficacy and to the achievement of the Meets Standards® seal.