YouthWay Ministries started in 1996 as a small drop-in youth center in a trailer park in Blaine that was riddled with problems: substance abuse, teen pregnancies, and school drop outs. Police calls were frequent. But over time the area began to change. A community began to emerge from this little oasis of hope.
Today the YouthWay Center offers a variety of programs for youths and families. These include homework help, mentoring, a girls' club, a camp work training program, crisis help, and a bike repair program.
In addition, our Manna Market program recovers nutritious food from local grocery stores and provides it to people who are in need. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen this program grow exponentially. In a normal month we are visited by an average of 25 new families. In April we saw 1,959 new families needing food. This trend has continued. Over the past month we have served 4,885 households, and distributed 588,421 pounds of food. This is clearly a difficult time for many people.