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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.

National Speaking Event

We are honored to be selected to share out expertise at the Beyond Housing 2018 Conference in New York New York on Friday, January 12.
Margaret Lovejoy, Founder & Executive Director, Susanne Lovejoy, Fund/Program Developer and Susan Dyrud MacDonald, Head of School & Guide at Casa de la Bella Montessori will lead a session on:
Shelter Transformation: How to Curtail Repeated and Generational Homelessness One Family at a Time

This session introduces audiences to a shelter curriculum model called Going Home. Through the lens of this highly recognized, specifically designed model, attendees are given practical steps to transform services and programs to focus on curtailing generational or repeated homelessness.

Find out more about the Beyond Housing 2018 Conference