From 2001 forward.
In October 2001, The Family Place opened its doors as a welcoming place for families with children staying in the Project Home program to spend their days.
Since that time, The Family Place has functioned as a central hub for homeless families needing services in Ramsey County. These services, provided by The Family Place staff and Ramsey County Human Services personnel, include:
- Meeting the basic needs of food, shelter and safety during daytime hours
- Placing families in emergency shelter and helping them locate permanent or transitional housing
- Assisting families with making application for a variety of assistance programs
- Nurturing the children and providing enrichment activities
2003: Started "weekend dinner" volunteer program
2005: moved into and renovated a new facility to provide better services to families - all made possible by an outpouring of community financial support, donations of materials, and hundreds of hours of volunteer labor; added showers and laundry facilities so that our guest families may go out into the community with dignity to find housing and employment.
2006: renovated additional space to make more inviting and accessible intake and reception areas; created "Parent Enrichment Center" including four computers and space for parenting classes
2008: renovation of family room made possible by STAR grant; youth room redesign completed by Montessori Training Center of Minnesota; renovated kitchen area; placed first two families in permanent housing, September 2008