New Home for SafeZone
Project for Face to Face Health & Counseling Service, Inc.

Help us finish the campaign for the New Home for SafeZone

For the last 22 years, SafeZone has provided essential basic needs, support, and a connection to housing, education, jobs and other resources for youth experiencing homelessness as the only drop-in center of its kind in Ramsey County. For 16 of those years, we were located in a space in Lowertown, downtown St. Paul. Over that time, daily visits by youth tripled and services offered expanded—we outgrew our basement space!

After an exhaustive search, we found a new space in the Metro Square Annex Building (downtown St. Paul at 7th and Robert Streets) that is larger, brighter and offers new opportunities for serving youth. We got our keys on October 1, 2015.

The new, larger space needed to be completely renovated. Many generous donors, some during Give to the Max Day 2015, have responded when we asked for help to make the renovations and make the New Home for SafeZone a reality.  SafeZone’s new site in the Metro Square Annex Building at 7th and Robert Streets opened April 11th, 2016. The new SafeZone is 40% larger, alleviating overcrowding at the old site. Key improvements include designated, private areas for health education and St. Paul Public Schools education activities; ample individual meeting rooms for case management meetings, MNsure enrollment, and individualized assistance to find jobs or housing; larger, updated kitchen and serving facilities; two showers; two washers/dryers; and, last but not least, natural light from the many windows—a “breath of fresh air” as one youth said.  

Thanks to donors large and small, we have received $453,670 in donations to date for the new center, 70% of our goal of $650,000. This is the amount needed to pay for renovations, move-in costs, and initial increased operating at the new site. 

We are almost there but need your help to reach the finish line! 

Please give now in support of the New Home for SafeZone campaign--you are helping to keep this vital resource for youth strong for years to come.

Thanks to two generous donors, we have a $15,000 Challenge Match available for new or increased gifts for the New Home for SafeZone project. Increase the impact of your gift by making a first time gift (your gift will be doubled) or increasing your gift from last year (the increase in your gift will be doubled). Thank you!

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