Children are the face of Minnesota's homeless.

On any given day, 70% of our guests are kids - newborns to teens.

The Family Place is the only day shelter for families with children in Ramsey County, MN.

We offer safety, opportunities and encouragement to help move our guest families from despair to hope, from uncertainty to stability.

What's New at The Family Place?

A Million Dollar Idea From The Family Place

To add to St. Paul’s greatness my idea is to increase by forty the number of available shelter beds in St. Paul.  It has been said that a community is as strong as it weakest member.  With this idea in place St. Paul will be known as a city that cares for those who are ready to be made strong!

In the latest Wilder Statewide Survey on Homelessness it is reported that the largest increase was in the number of people using emergency shelters, which was up 27 percent from 2009.  The need has increased while the number of beds available has not increased; this means that more families are being turned away from shelter on a daily basis.  We cannot speculate where the families turned away spend the night or the next days of their lives.  We can ask the question that remains unanswered; are they safe in our city? 


Words Do Matter

Dear Friends,

The Family Place is conscientiously altering language. Simple adjustments of verbiage can positively change the way situations are viewed. We are hoping that the language modification will be recognized and cultivated in the community not just here at The Family Place.

In the coming months, we will use families transitioning to a new home, as we no longer want to label the families as being homeless. Also, the families will no longer be called ‘our clients or our guests,’ but rather, families are participants accessing services and programs offered at The Family Place. We are optimistic that the change will help foster respect as families grapple with trying circumstances.

You might say, “What does it matter?” 

“Words do matterOur lives begin to end the day

we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Words mend. Words restore confidence. Words communicate.


Thank you for caring and supporting The Family Place.


February Recap: Three Expressions of Love

Click here to read three inspirational stories of love in support of The Family Place:

1. 13 year-old Emily Albert-Stuaning's Hope for a Better Day concert

2. Two suburban moms gift move-in packages to Family Place kids

3. Suprise appreciation dinner for Family Place leader, Margaret Lovejoy


Big Thanks and Big Giving on Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving Day at The Family Place was filled with caring volunteers from UBS, and great food served at Dixie’s on Grand. Staff members Cassie Hauck and Wendy Haynus traveled with the families via public transportation who are currently in our care to Dixie’s for a wonderful meal of traditional fixings was served and thoroughly enjoyed!

As we count our blessings, let us remember that it is community services such as this that makes all the difference in the lives of those less fortunate. The Family Place would like to thank its staff, the many UBS volunteers and Dixie’s owner Peter Kenefick, for making the day one of immense happiness for families living without a permanent home.


Thank You

As of today, we have received or have been promised almost $250,000 in cash and $30,000 in gifts!
The Family Place Staff sincerely thanks those who responding to a desperate call for help and donated after November 1st. Your contributions, both big and small, allowed us to remain committed to those less fortunate.




Give to the Max Day Update

Thank you so much for donating to The Family Place on Thursday, November 15. We are very grateful to have received over $17,000 in donations, including a $5,000 matching grant from The Emil J. and Emily D. Slowinski Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation.



Pioneer Press Feature: "St. Paul: Daytime homeless shelter lends a hand but faces funding challenge"

On December 3, Pioneer Press featured an interview with Executive Director Margaret Lovejoy about the importance of The Family Place and its funding challenges.

In 2001 -- using a small retirement fund to bolster contracts with Ramsey County and the state of Minnesota -- Lovejoy opened the Family Place, now located behind the First Baptist Church in downtown St. Paul.

Other attempts at a daytime shelter in the city -- one that catered specifically to families with children, rather than all comers -- have faltered and failed.

Lovejoy, 69, knows the feeling. In the past, she has had to raise money for the facility, and this year is a little worse, she said.

Giving is down, and the loss of a $20,000 grant has given her a $53,000 shortfall in her $475,000 annual budget. She likely will need to cut into her full- and part-time staff of 14 unless the shortfall is made up by the end of the year, she said.

Click here to read the full article.



Thank you to those who made our anniversary event a success!

A special thanks to those who made our Progressive Salad bar anniversary event a success. Volunteers for the evening came from Medafor, Inc—they served salad ingredients to the 100 guests in attendance. It was a wonderful evening in support of The Family Place.



MPR News Broadcasts "Margaret Lovejoy's Family Place"

Margaret LovejoyOn January 5, MPR News broadcast an interview with Executive Director Margaret Lovejoy about The Family Place and its important role in the community.

"I heard a child one cold January morning say to his mother, 'How will I find you after school?'" Margaret Lovejoy remembers.

The child was homeless. The words were jarring. And Lovejoy was spurred to look beyond sadness and pity. Today, The Family Place, a St. Paul daytime drop in center for the homeless, stands as a testament to how she strives to help those who often don't have anyone else in the community to turn to. (MPR Photo / Jeffrey Thompson)

Click here to read the full article.


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