Creating the Bridge
Between 10,000 and 12,000 young people under 18 in Minnesota have experienced at least one episode of homelessness on their own. On any given night, 2,500* of them don’t sleep at home.
And the problem continues to grow.
The Bridge for Youth is dedicated to providing the connection between the current realities of homelessness and a brighter, safer, more stable future.
The Bridge is a safe and welcoming place for youth ages 10-17 in the Twin Cities who have no one to turn to, nowhere to go. With a dedicated staff and strong support from the community, we help hundreds of youth get off the street, into safe shelter, and on to a better life. Our welcoming, residential setting is unique among programs for runaway and homeless youth, providing services at no charge, 24/7/365.
The Bridge develops approaches that help youth and their families resolve their conflicts and move toward healthier relationships. Each year we serve more than a thousand young people and families with a continuum of services, including:
- 24-hour hotline
- Crisis shelter and counseling
- Youth, parent, and family counseling
- Transitional programs
- Ongoing support services
*Wilder Research Center, “Homelessness in Minnesota 2006.”