Couple Fights Drug Addiction With Help Of Teen ChallengeAll this week, we've brought you stories of those who've graduated from Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge as part of our "Trees of Hope" series. The one-year program helps more than 500 people a year overcome addiction. Chelsea Hill and Michael Dwyer have never been so excited for the future.
Twin Cities Homeless Feel Bitter Blast With Shelters At CapacityMonday night, street teams with St. Stephen's Street Outreach are out in full force searching for people who are homeless. They want to offer them a warm place to sleep.
From Homeless To Working On Her Degree: Sydney's Story The number of homeless youth in Minnesota is on the rise. On any given night, homeless teens and young adults could fill half the hotel rooms in downtown Minneapolis.
City Leaders, Execs Sleep Outside To Highlight Youth HomelessnessWCCO is hosting a phone bank Monday to help homeless youth in our community. YouthLink provides services to homeless youth by helping them find counseling, medical care and other vital resources. They wrapped up a unique night of awareness Monday morning, where executives and city leaders from around the Twin Cities spent the night on the ground right in downtown Minneapolis.
Metro Business Leaders Sleep Outside For Youthlink's 'Night Of Hope'More than 60 of the Twin Cities top business leaders are trading their warm beds for a sleeping bag Sunday night. It's part of YouthLink's executive sleep-out known as the "Night of Hope." They'll spend the night outside, just like thousands of homeless people do each night.
Apartments To Help Homeless Youth Approved In Edina After hours of debate, the Edina City Council passed a controversial project, by a unanimous vote. Developers of 66 West Apartments say the goal is to provide housing to young adults who have experienced homelessness.
Salvation Army Working To Keep Homeless From HeatHousing nearly 600 people a night is typical for the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center. But those numbers remain steady with the hot weather, barely giving staff a break to prepare adequate room.
New Summer Music Fest Planned For Coon Rapids A new summer music festival is planned for Coon Rapids next month. The first Rum River Music Fest will be held July 19. The festival will be held at Sand Creek Park and will benefit HOPE 4 Youth, a nonprofit organization serving homeless young people in Anoka County.
New Campaign Aims To End Panhandling In MinneapolisIt's a part of city life that Minneapolis hopes to end – panhandling. Billboards in downtown Minneapolis urge visitors and workers to avoid giving money to panhandlers. The "Give Real Change" campaign encourages people instead to give to charities.
'Suits For Soldiers' Helps Homeless Vets Get Back Into WorkforceFor hundreds of homeless veterans across the state of Minnesota, getting their hands on a nice business suit could be life changing.
Advocates Ask For $100 Million To Eliminate Minn. HomelessnessHundreds came to the State Capitol Thursday to ask legislators to give $100 million to provide shelter for the homeless. The money would go to pay for 5,000 units across Minnesota, and supporters say it would keep Minnesota on track to be first state to eliminate homelessness for veterans. According to Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul), 14,000 people are homeless on an average night in the state.
Charges: Group Used Others' Food Stamps To Buy, Sell GroceriesThree people have been charged with using other people's food stamps to purchase groceries and ship them to Africa at a profit. According to the criminal complaints, the group operating the scheme bought up EBT cards from those on SNAP, usually buying them from people at homeless shelters.
MCTC Holds Day Of Service To Honor MLK Jr.Minneapolis Community and Technical College held their sixth annual MLK, Jr. Day Of Service on Saturday. Those attending started the day with breakfast before hearing some inspirational speakers and music. Afterwards, many attendees went to several local non-profit organizations to volunteer. Volunteer Delores Roberts was with a group who were making blankets for the homeless.
Minneapolis Salvation Army Shelter 'Crazy Busy' The Salvation Army's Harbor Light Center in downtown Minneapolis is packed with people seeking refuge from the extreme cold.
Salvation Army Reaching Out To Homeless During Brutal Cold SnapThe Salvation Army is welcoming people without shelter to use its eight Twin Cities worship and service centers, as well as its Harbor Light shelter in downtown Minneapolis during the dangerous cold snap. Staff at Harbor Light are planning for people to be inside for the next 48 hours or more, beginning on Saturday night. Staff say they have plenty of blankets, extra food and warm beverages on hand.