EVENTS

Family and Kinship Strengthening 101
Monday, June 17, 2019, 1:45 – 3:45 PM
Point Source Youth Conference
NYU, New York City

As part of this interactive workshop, CloseKnit researcher Mallory VanMeeter will present CloseKnit’s findings based on interviews with youth facing homelessness and the adults who informally host such youth. These arrangements can often take on qualities of chosen family.


CloseKnit Huddle
Monday, July 29, 2019, 1-3 pm
Neighborhood House, 179 Robie Street East, St Paul
(following the quarterly meeting of
the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force
from 9 am to noon, also at Neighborhood House)

Community members, social service staff and young people with lived experience of homelessness are invited to join our learning community to learn how to facilitate permanent connections for youth facing homelessness. Contact Jacqueline at jw@closeknit.us for more information.

A big thanks to the Sauer Family Foundation for underwriting our Huddles in 2019!


Loving Youth Out of Homelessness
A New Look at a Traditional Practice
An interactive workshop presented
by CloseKnit Director Jacqueline White
Minnesota Indian Housing Conference
August 21-23, 2019
Treasure Island Resort and Casino
5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd, Welch, MN

When a young person, for whatever reason, first can’t live at home, they typically approach people they already know, staying with extended relatives, the families of friends, or neighbors. These informal networks, which exemplify the belief that a community has a collective responsibility to care for its young people, are especially strong in Indian country. We’ll learn strategies to help stabilize intergenerational hosting arrangements, which both young people and their adult hosts often find deeply meaningful, but can easily break down due to financial stress, lack of clarity around house rules, and other issues.


Beyond a Bed: Stabilizing Informal Hosting Arrangements 
An interactive workshop presented
by CloseKnit Director Jacqueline White
and Cindy Ley, Executive Director, Open Doors for Youth, Elk River
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference
September 17 & 18
Mayo Civic Center, Rochester

When a young person, for whatever reason, first can’t live at home, they typically approach people they already know, staying with extended relatives, the families of friends, or neighbors. These informal networks, which exemplify the belief that a community has a collective responsibility to care for its young people, are especially strong in rural areas, communities of color, and Indian country. Using the Circle of Support approach piloted by Open Doors for Youth in Elk River, we’ll learn strategies to stabilize these upstream intergenerational hosting arrangements, which both young people and their adult hosts often find deeply meaningful, but can easily break down due to financial stress, lack of clarity around house rules, and other issues. Investing in these caring relationships is a cost-effective way to build on existing strengths in communities that often lack access to expensive housing-based solutions for youth facing homelessness.

P A S T    E V E N T S

‘Reveal’ Celebration
Learn Our New Name and See Our New Logo!
With a reprise appearance by The Friendly Quartet
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 7 pm
Butter Bakery Cafe, 37th and Nicollet

Butter, a neighborhood cafe that serves as a job training site for youth at risk of homelessness, will be opening Sunday evening expressly for this special event.
Enjoy some of their yummy bakery treats! And The Friendly Quartet, comprised of Minnesota Orchestra musicians, will play Mendelssohn’s beautiful String Quartet in E Minor, opus 44 #2.

Your $20 suggested donation will benefit the nonprofit program which will formerly be known as Minnesota Host Home Network.

Sponsored by HGA and Butter Bakery Cafe.


Permanent Connections Huddle
Monday, February 25, 2019, 1-3 pm
Neighborhood House, 179 Robie Street East, St Paul
(following the quarterly meeting of the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force)

Community members, social service staff and young people with lived experience of homelessness are invited to join our learning community to learn how to facilitate permanent connections for youth facing homelessness.

A big thanks to the Sauer Family Foundation for underwriting our quarterly Huddles in 2019!


A Pop-Up Benefit Mini-Concert
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 7 pm
Butter Bakery Cafe, 37th and Nicollet

Come hear the Friendly Quartet, comprised of Minnesota Orchestra musicians, play Mendelssohn’s beautiful String Quartet in E Minor, opus 44 #2.

Butter, a neighborhood cafe that serves as a job training site for youth at risk of homelessness, will be opening Sunday evening expressly for this special event.
Enjoy some of their yummy bakery treats!

Your $20 suggested donation will benefit the Minnesota Host Home Network.

Sponsored by realtor Morrie Hartman of Edina Realty and Butter Bakery Cafe.


Who Can I Count On?
Unpacking Our Collective Efforts
to Facilitate Caring Adults Connections for Vulnerable Youth

A presentation for Hennepin County employees and contract agency employees
South Minneapolis Human Service Center
2215 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 10:00 am-11:30 am

The CIE (Center for Innovation and Excellence) and Health & Human Services are excited to host Jacqueline White, Director of the Minnesota Host Home Network, to speak on the Network’s efforts to catalyze system change for youth facing homelessness by championing lasting relationships with the caring adults already in their lives who are not their service providers.

      While facilitating “permanent connections” for youth facing homelessness is one of four federal outcomes for ending youth homelessness, recent focus groups with Minnesota social service providers conducted by the Network found they struggle to do so. Taking time to look more closely at the barriers will help us identify strategies to reinforce these vital “natural supports.” Jacqueline will present on ground breaking original research the Network has undertaken and will also lead an interactive session aimed at raising our collective conscious around this issue.

Event Flier- Who Can I Count On


Do good by eating out

Here’s a yummy win-win! Join us for dinner on Monday August 6, 2018 between 4 & 10 pm and The Lowbrow will donate 5% of your tab to the Minnesota Host Home Network and 5% to Avenues for Homeless Youth! Plus, Host Home Mom will be on hand to tell you all about what it takes to become a host. And as a mom, of course she’s also available to consult about healthy menu items, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. (Just in case Mom doesn’t tell you, there’s also beer on tap.) So see you at the Lowbrow, 4244 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

Building Circles of Support
Minnesota Host Home Network Huddle, Monday, July 23, 2018, 12:30-2:30 pm 

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul

Our huddles are an opportunity for folks from across the state who are working to address youth homelessness to get together and learn from each other.

“Permanent connections” is one of the four federal outcomes for ending youth homelessness (along with Stable housing, Education/ employment, and Social-emotional well-being). But how to facilitate ongoing relationships with caring adults for youth facing homelessness is challenging. Host home programs are one possible avenue, but we’ll focus this Huddle more broadly on how to build Circles of Support for youth facing homelessness with caring adults.


How can we best help young people who are homeless?
A presentation and guided conversation
Led by Jacqueline White, Director, Minnesota Host Home Network
11 am, Sunday, February 12, 2017, Spirt of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community
What if the “answer” to youth homelessness lay with the youth themselves? Rather than making our goal helping youth become “self-reliant,” what if we helped them create a supportive circle of caring adults?


Join us for the Minnesota Host Home Network Summit!
11 am – 3:15 pm, Wednesday October 12, 2016, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN
held in conjunction with the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Conference
You’re invited to attend one or both of our free Summit sessions and join us for lunch, which is $20. (See details below.)  We also encourage you to attend the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Conference on October 11 and 12; conference attendees are welcome to join us at the Summit sessions. You can register online until September 26.

Welcoming Congregations: First Steps in Addressing Youth Homelessness
11 am – 12:15 pm

Any effort to respond to youth in a housing crisis needs to be LGBTQ affirming: LGBTQ youth are overrepresented among young people experiencing homelessness. In conservative areas, congregations designated as “welcoming” to LGBTQ people can be an invaluable resource in setting an affirming tone for all youth. Come hear from faith-based volunteers who’ve helped galvanize their communities to respond to local youth experiencing homelessness and learn about the Minnesota Host Home Network’s survey of Welcoming Congregations in Greater Minnesota.

Presenters:
Joe Kruse is a cofounder of the Minneapolis Catholic Worker  an intentional community and house of hospitality where he has lived for the past 5 years. The Minneapolis Catholic Worker has partnered with Avenues for Homeless Youth to provide a room and hospitality for young LGBTQ adults who are receiving case management through Avenues.  The community’s work also includes a weekly open neighborhood meal, ethical food production through gardening and working with a Catholic Worker farm in Lake City, MN, and anti-racism activism and organizing in the Twin Cities.

Ron Ofstead co-chairs the Finding Home Task Force  a social action group at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church focused on addressing needs of homeless youth in the NE metro suburbs. The Task Force has initiated a host home program and spearheaded the development of the North Star Youth Outreach Center, which recently opened at Tubman Center East in Maplewood. Ron has parented biological, adoptive, and foster care children.

Cheryl Wold coordinated the yearlong discernment program at Union Congregational Church, a United Church of Christ (UCC) in Elk River, which resulted in an overwhelming vote to become an Open and Affirming (LGBTQ-affirming) church. This commitment then led the church to ask how it could best support LGBTQ homeless youth in their semi-rural community. Cheryl is a cofounder and the current board president of Open Doors for Youth, a drop-in resource center for all homeless youth that opened in Elk River in 2015 and has already assisted nearly 100 young people.

LUNCH 12:30 – 1:45 pm
Continue our conversation over lunch with Peter Murray, faith outreach coordinator at OutFront Minnesota, the statewide advocacy organization for LGBTQ Minnesotans.

To reserve your lunch, please register online by September 26 for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless conference, enter OUTFRONT as the promo code, and the $20 lunch option will appear. You will have an option to pay by credit card or check, and to note any dietary restrictions.

The Interview Project:
How Can We Stabilize Youth-Initiated Informal Hosting Arrangements?
2 pm – 3:15 pm
Working with University of St. Thomas professor Ande Nesmith, Minnesota Host Home Network researchers are interviewing youth who’ve initiated housing arrangements with adults they already know, as well as with their hosts. They’re examining these relationships in light of the Host Home Best Practices developed by the Network, with an eye toward identifying how best to stabilize these informal hosting situations. Developing expertise in how to support these resourceful youth and their community hosts offers the exciting possibility of catching youth earlier, before their homelessness becomes more entrenched.

Presenters:
Ande Nesmith is a professor and researcher at the University of St. Thomas School of Social Work. She has studied outcomes, interventions, and services for runaway, homeless, and foster youth for twenty years both locally and nationally. Currently her work focuses on innovative ways to serve youth that also engages communities.

Jacqueline White and her former partner became the first hosts in the Twin Cities GLBT Host Home program, in which young people in need of housing choose to live with trained community volunteers who provide room in their home and a caring presence. Jacqueline later adopted Amy, the young woman they had hosted. She is the founding director of the Minnesota Host Home Network, which champions permanent adult connections for young people experiencing homelessness. She also bears a striking resemblance to Host Home Mom who would really like it if you “liked” her on Facebook!  


Listen to great music on Saturday, September 17, 2016, and support us!
The Minnesota Host Home Network is a nonprofit beneficiary of Common Ground Meditation Center 6th Annual Music Festival. The festival itself is free, but donations for nonprofit partners will be accepted. This will be a day of community celebration with food, music, dancing and family fun!

This year’s festival will feature well-known musicians Passed Presents (Jayanthi Kyle & Alicia SteeleEllisDean Magraw,  Larry Long, and Linda Breitag, as well as spoken word performances by Louis Alemayehu and dance calling by Ann Carter.

So mark your calendar for noon to 4:30 p.m., 2700 E. 26th St., Minneapolis
It’ll be the place to be—Host Home Mom will be there! Please join us.