Join us to ensure that all young people have a safe and stable home, health care, and the support they need to lead thriving lives
Your gift to Face to Face provides support for young people like Jonah.
When Jonah started coming to Face to Face’s SafeZone drop-in center over a year ago he was 18, had dropped out of high school, and was homeless. He was having extreme outbursts of anger almost every day. His parents had struggled throughout his childhood with drug addiction. When they abruptly decided to move out of state, they left him behind with no support and no place to live.
Because of his disruptive behavior, Jonah was referred to the SafeZone mental health therapist. At first he was shy and withdrawn, but in time through developing trust with his therapist he began to be able to process his grief and feelings of abandonment, and work on developing anger management skills.
Over time, Jonah has made tremendous strides. With the help and encouragement of SafeZone staff, he was able to get into a shelter. During this time, his therapist discovered that his parents were receiving social security payments that were legally Jonah’s until age 21 due to his disability. Together Jonah and his therapist worked through the many steps of rectifying this situation, while continuing to process his grief and anger. Jonah also re-enrolled in high school.
This past summer Jonah moved into his own apartment through SafeZone’s Transitional Living Program and is set to graduate from high school next spring. Perhaps most importantly, Jonah has developed skills and ways to cope with setbacks in the future. He continues to check in with his therapist and the staff at SafeZone for support and encouragement.
Your gift will help young people like Jonah to overcome the barriers they face and make progress toward healthy and thriving lives as adults.
Please know that we are extremely grateful to receive whatever level of support you can provide.
About Face to Face: Our SafeZone drop-in center is the only drop-in center in St. Paul specifically for youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness. It provides youth ages 14 to 24 with a wide range of basic needs and support to work toward stable housing, employment and other life goals. The center is open 5 days per week, 1:00pm-8:00pm, and offers two hot meals each day with snacks in between meals, a clothing closet and food shelf, laundry, showers, and lockers for youth to store their things. Case managers provide support and link youth to resources. Medical and mental health services are offered on site. All services are free and available on a walk in basis. Our community youth clinic on the East Side of Saint Paul provides medical and mental health care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Last year Face to Face served nearly 3,400 youth. There were 5,328 contacts with youth during health education presentations and outreach. 84% of youth served are youth of color; 68% are from St. Paul; 98% are in poverty; and at least 16% are LGBTQ-identified.
Thank you for your gift and for supporting young people in our community!