Star of the North Maternity Home

A nonprofit organization

In the search to END homelessness of infants and their mothers, we started Star of the North Maternity Home. Star of the North Maternity Home (SON) offers a 4-bed residential housing program that provides a family-like setting in a loving and supportive environment. Our home is for homeless women 21 years of age or older in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. In Minnesota alone, there can be up to 7,940 individuals experiencing homelessness throughout the year. Our focus is not only providing housing, but also a four-phase program that includes education about healthy relationships, nutrition, adoption, positive parenting, including a strong Christian spiritual faith life, good self-image and empowerment programs.

We are so blessed to be in our new home, the Moms and babies are loving it! Your generosity allowed us to purchase and move into our new home in June, and more than showed the Northland’s reputation for giving and caring for its own. That’s why we are very excited to offer you the opportunity to continue to show that spirit by supporting the 2021-2022 annual appeal for the Star of the North Maternity Home called the ‘She is Home, Still Needs You’ campaign. We offer you the opportunity to continue to help Star of the North Maternity home make improvements to the home and pay off our mortgage.

We have a $315,000 mortgage & utilities along with home improvement needs, including; 

  • heating the garage which serves as our ‘Earn to Learn’ Store/donation storage area among many others ($3000)

  • updating the fifth bedroom so we can house 4 moms and a care coordinator for night shift, moving the office from the bedroom, and adding a door. ($6500)

  • adding a sidewalk on the side of the house for added security and another fire exit from the street to the backyard ($3000), and 

  • Monthly Mortgage & Utilities ($2277).

When we started this organization, we found there was a great need in our community. Since then, we have had 63 applicants and have been able to serve over 16 women and their babies. 

These women are in need of housing due to domestic violence, overcoming drug and alcohol addiction, poverty, or lack of a positive family support network. We help coordinate the use of existing services in our community that allow mothers to carry their babies safely to term, care for their babies after birth, and take steps toward self-sufficiency and independent living.

In October 2019, the weather was turning cold, and expectant mom Krista was running out of options. “I was 3 months pregnant and living in a shelter and didn’t know what I was going to do--I was so scared. I heard about the maternity home, called, and was so relieved to get in!”  The peace of mind that comes to moms at Star of the North “has been really, really priceless” to Krista. “Not having to worry about rent was a great relief as well as having a secure home. I come from a domestic violence situation, so having the locked door with video cameras is a huge relief.  The women live alone, yet in a community at the same time. “We have a community of women willing to help one another. We split the responsibility of chores and dinners, so I only need to cook a couple times a week.” 

Krista had baby Lila on April 16, 2020. She graduated from the Star of North Maternity Home by completing all four program phases. On July 1st, she became the night shift coordinator at the home and started back to college to become a social worker. We are so proud of Krista as a great mom and role model for our Residents.

Your investment in the Star of the North Maternity Home is an opportunity to demonstrate your care for an under-served population of moms and babies in a life-changing way! Thank you for your generosity in helping us to reach this goal. Please watch the She is Home video on our website at https://togetherforlifenorthland.org/

Thank you for considering a gift today. 


Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Star of the North Maternity Home

Tax id (EIN)

27-0447207

Categories

Children & Family Community Emergencies

BIPOC community

BIPOC serving

Address

11 E Superior St Executive Suites 273
Duluth, MN 55802

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