Evergreen Youth & Family Services, Inc.

Would you like to help prevent homelessness? Would you like to provide food for our community's hungry children and youth?

Any Day is a Good Day to Give to Evergreen!  Evergreen values your support.  Community donations help keep our services free and accessible to community youth, parents, and young families.  We welcome all gifts made on Give to the Max Day. And, Evergreen will happily accept your donation any day of the year and provide a tax receipt and acknowledgement.  Your direct gift mailed to Evergreen allows us to retain 100% of your donation.  Gifts may be mailed to:  Evergreen YFS, PO Box 662, Bemidji, MN  56619.  If you'd like the opportunity to learn about our work firsthand, please contact Associate Director, Julie Johnson Willborg, at (218) 441-4587 to schedule coffee and a tour.

Donations Needed for our Housing ProgramPlease contact Tracey at 218-441-4556. Wish List for apartment starter kits: dishes, silverware, cookware, bakeware, utensils, towels (kitchen & bath)Gently used items are welcome

Every gift helps: 

A recurring gift of $10, $15, or $25 each month makes a large impact over a year's time. If a recurring gift works for you, we'll be happy to provide a year-end tax receipt with your giving total.

Helping Homeless Children and Youth in Bemidji:  Bemidji has a growing population of homeless youth and young adults.  The Evergreen Shelter is a safe place for youth who are homeless, runaways, or in crisis.  Here's what homeless children and youth say they like about the Shelter:

Everything; Feeling Accepted; They Feed you; I am not afraid to talk to anyone; It’s not too strict and we get to do fun stuff; The staff are supportive;  It’s nice and cozy; It feels like family; Fun; The staff; Playing Pool; Meeting new people; It was like home; The beds are very comfortable; I like that the staff are nice; They help!

We updated many things at our Shelter site over the past two year, after the pitter patter of 350 pairs of feet every year, things were wearing out...like, carpet, plumbing, bathroom tile, even the kitchen floor and cabinets!  We are excited about how much more pleasant and comfortable the space is for children and youth.  Our deep appreciation goes to several state foundations, Habitat for Humanity's awesome volunteers, and a very generous private donor who commented that "The facility should match the quality of the services being provided." 

The Evergreen Safety Net of Services

From emergency shelter to transitional housing, mental health counseling, an on-site nurse, and independent living skills, there is a safety net of services for runaway, homeless, and high risk children, youth, and young families at Evergreen. Our Evergreen Youth Services site is now in the 5th year of a relocation to an apartment building that was designed for programs and services and our business offices, as well as youth apartments upstairs.  In addition to on-site youth apartments on the upper level, our Youth Drop-in Center has warm meals, a shower, laundry, computers, as well as applications for jobs, housing, and mainstream benefits.  We are a designated youth food shelf and can help homeless youth and young families with food bags, diapers, winter coats, clothing, and personal hygiene items.  Please visit www.evergreenyfs.org for more information on our Youth Services site and Youth Crisis Shelter.

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