Open Doors for Youth

A nonprofit organization

Impacting Lives Every Day

Open Doors for Youth serves youth ages 16-24 in the Elk River and surrounding areas who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

As a forward-thinking organization, Open Doors is committed to using a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to the issue of youth homelessness. We place a high value on offering a safe, welcoming space for youth, and an opportunity for them to build relationships with trusted adults.

We walk alongside and lift up youth as they set their sights on a brighter future.

We provide quick and easy access to basic needs, individualized case management, free mental health support and free healthcare in a familiar and comfortable space. We aim to provide barrier free services to young people in need of help.

We employ a trauma-responsive, youth-centered, strengths-based approach.

We support bold steps by youth as they move towards positive and healthy 

networks of support, personal well-being, and housing stability.

"At Open Doors, you just let everyone be their own person, you guide them into being their own person.   I wouldn't have found any resources if I didn't come here to Open Doors.  If we didn't have you, we wouldn't be where we're at."            Ty

Vision: Open Doors for Youth strives to create communities in which youth experiencing homelessness find hope and feel supported and valued.

Mission: To create a welcoming and safe environment for youth experiencing homelessness, where working together we remove barriers, empowering youth to move towards positive and healthy networks of support, personal well-being, and housing stability.

Our Vision and Mission are supported by 4 Core Values:

We mobilize the community to address youth homelessness and housing instability through advocacy and awareness.

We partner with local organizations, service providers, government entities, and volunteers to meet the needs of homeless youth.

We assist youth in setting goals, pursuing creative solutions, building positive and healthy relationships, and removing barriers to personal well-being without judgment.

We believe in our youth and will nurture potential, promote dignity, and support bold steps by all.

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Open Doors for Youth

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Children & Family Community


554 3rd St. NW Suite 201
Elk River, MN 55330



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