New Youth Center Opening
Matt Demczyk | Dec 7, 2017 AT 4:25 am
(KNSI) - A new youth center in St. Cloud will focus on helping 16 to 23-year-olds who are experiencing homelessness.
The center, called Pathways 4 Youth, will be located in the Youth for Christ building at 203 Cooper Avenue North.
The center will serve as an entry point for youth to access resources such as social services, medical professionals, clothing, showers, food and more.
The Rotary Clubs of the greater St. Cloud area and HOPE 4 Youth are partnering to sponsor the launch of the center.
Rotary member Tim Wensman, one of the lead volunteers on the project, says it's estimated that there are between 125 to 150 youth between the ages of 16 and 23 who are homeless on any given night in the St. Cloud area.
"Through thorough research and feedback from area social service agencies, law enforcement, and school systems, we learned that there is an unmet and growing need for this type of resource center."
He says after researching and touring other homeless youth-serving organizations around Minnesota, Rotary leadership decided that HOPE 4 Youth, a non-profit providing pathways to end youth homelessness headquartered in the Twin Cities, was the model that would best fit the St. Cloud area.
"Our main goal is to help these young people navigate a path to grow and become contributing members in our communities," Wensman added.
Pathways 4 Youth will open in February.