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Community invited to help end youth homelessness

Community invited to help end youth homelessness

Benefit for LSS Brainerd Youth Services, silent auction May 31

Nearly half — 42 percent — of Minnesota’s homeless population are youth in greater Minnesota, according to Wilder Research.

Eager to see that number fall, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s Youth Services in Brainerd invites neighbors to come together in the fight to end youth homelessness.

For the second year in a row, Lutheran Social Service (LSS) is partnering with Sunshine Kitchen Moonshine Lounge for “A Couch is Not a Home,” a night with local musicians and artists to help make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in northwestern Minnesota.

Lutheran Social Service is a lifeline for youth ages 16 to 21 by providing life skills classes, peer support groups and transitional housing assistance. Lutheran Social Services staff offers emotional support while connecting youth to safe shelter and help with immediate basic needs, such as food, clothing, hygiene supplies and first aid supplies.

“The youth we support are so much more than the circumstances they’re striving to overcome,” said Audriana Wallin, case manager for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, in a news release. “This event gives our community an opportunity to become engaged in the work we do to empower youth with the knowledge and skills they need to define themselves and create strong futures.”

The night’s theme, “I Am,” is designed to breakdown stereotypes and reveal the reality of youth homelessness. The program will include stories of strength and resiliency from youth who have regained stability in their lives.

A silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Brainerd’s Youth Services, will begin at 7 p.m. Auction items this year include spa packages, a Samsung tablet, various gift baskets and gift cards, jewelry, and art. Entertainment will be provided by local musicians, Andy Cook and Ahnicka Perez. Guests are invited to show their support for homeless youth services by purchasing photos taken at a photo booth.

Event registration is free. For more information, contact Audriana Wallin at 824-3772 or

The event Help end Youth Homelessness is 7-10:30 p.m. May 31 at the Sunshine Kitchen Moonshine Lounge, 723 Mill Ave., Brainerd.

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