Homeless Youth Center Open House

Homeless Youth Center Open House Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - A new youth center in St. Cloud is almost ready to open its doors to 16 to 23-year-olds experiencing homelessness.

Pathways 4 Youth held an open house on Tuesday to give people a chance to check out the new center and to thank those who made it possible.

Pathways 4 Youth, located in the Youth for Christ building at 203 Cooper Avenue North, is a partnership project of the greater St. Cloud area Rotary Clubs and HOPE 4 Youth from Anoka County.

To date, more than $300,000 in cash and in-kind donations have been raised, which will cover the first year of operation.

"We are humbled by the outpouring of support from our Central Minnesota region and beyond," said Tim Wensman, Pathways 4 Youth Board of Directors President and Rotary member, on with KNSI's Ox in the Afternoon.

"We’re excited to open our doors and sincerely can’t thank everyone enough for their generosity. We also look forward to more donations coming forward to ensure the sustainability of this resource center."

Key donations came from the Joseph R. Parker Foundation, Rotary Clubs (including Rotaract) of St. Cloud, Karel and Michael Helgeson Family Fund and Don Helgeson and Sue A Shepard Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, Coborn's and Marco.

The new center will serve as an entry point for youth to access resources such as social services, medical professionals, clothing, showers, food and more.

"Our main goal is to help these young people navigate a path to grow and become contributing members in our communities," Wensman added.

The center is hoping to open in the first half of April. They're still looking for some volunteers to help out.

Learn more about the new youth center, and the volunteer options available, by clicking here.

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