The Link

A nonprofit organization

$102,809 raised by 409 donors

100% complete

$100,000 Goal

The Link

Your generous donation will help provide vital housing, support and basic needs for youth & families in our community! This year, The Link needs to raise $100,000 through Give to the Max to sustain our 28 programs. Together, we can continue to empower local young people as they transition out of homelessness, heal from trauma, build stability, and work hard to achieve their goals! 

The Link is a youth and adult led non-profit that provides crisis support, emergency shelter and housing to over 2,000 youth and young families in the Twin Cities each year. We offer a safety net for youth often left behind, providing programs designed to meet the needs of BIPOC youth, LGBTQIA+ youth, young parents, and more. No one should have to trade sex for a safe place to stay. And no young family should have to sleep in a car or outside because they don’t have a home. 

Through generous donations, youth at The Link are moving out of survival mode and building stability. The impact is life-changing: youth have a safe place to call home (often for the first time), are healing from trauma, achieving sobriety, developing trusting relationships, getting back to school, finding jobs they love, and so much more. Support youth and young families by making a one-time gift or by signing up for The Link’s Monthly Giving Program to help us to meet the basic needs of the youth we serve!

The Link was founded in 1991 by two Black community leaders and former Minnesota Vikings, Jim Marshall and Oscar Reed. They recognized the need that at-risk and homeless youth had on the North side of Minneapolis. The Link has grown to serve youth throughout the entire metro area, but we are still based out of North Minneapolis and continue to work to provide services within the original vision of our founders. 

We offer programming in three areas:

  • Housing & Supportive Services Division: housing and supportive services for youth and young families experiencing homelessness
  • Youth Advocacy: positive alternative programs for youth who encounter the juvenile justice system
  • Safe Harbor Division: emergency shelter, housing and supportive services for youth who have been sexually exploited

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Organization name

The Link

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Education Children & Family Community

BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Serving



LGBTQ+ Serving

LGBTQ+ Serving


1210 Glenwood Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55405


(612) 871-0748

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