Today, with front page coverage, the St. Cloud Times breaks the story of 180 Degrees upcoming renovation of its St. Cloud Youth Shelter and a $4.3 million capital campaign to fund it.
The shelter, acquired by 180 Degrees in 2011, is long overdue for repairs. A real estate assesment concluded that the shelter, the only one serving youth under 18 in Central Minnesota, would no longer be viable without significant upgrades.
In a highly competitve grant process, 180 Degrees secured $1.5 million in funding from the State of Minnesota and additonal funding from Otto Bremer Trust towards he $4.3 million project. Now, a campaign is underway to secure additional funds in support of the project, which will expand bed capacity in addition to providing needed upgrades.
The added capacity comes at a time of great need. Last fiscal year, 102 youth accessed safe shelter. This year, just three months into the fiscal year, 58 youth have requested shelter, with about 30 being turned away due to lack of space.