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Changing our communities

There is tremendous power in working together to create change in our communities. On Saturday, May 31, neighbors in Brainerd were a shining example. Joined by local musicians and artists, over 100 youth advocates gathered at Sunshine Kitchen Moonshine Lounge for A Couch is Not a Home. The annual fundraiser, hosted by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), raised $2,246 for youth supported by LSS in Brainerd.

Nearly half (42 percent) of Minnesota's homeless population are youth in Greater Minnesota, according to Wilder Research. Locally, LSS in Brainerd served 128 youth last year, providing life skills classes, peer support groups, help with immediate basic needs and transitional housing.

The event was made possible by the generous support from: The Sunshine Kitchen/Moonshine Lounge, Ace Hardware, Backwoods Furniture, Bar Harbor, Andy Cook, Amy Price, Ahnicka Perez, Brainerd International Raceway, Bob and Fran's, Brainerd Car Wash, Breezy Point Resort, Breezy Woodshop, Caribbean Tanning Salon, Comfort Suites, Country Inn and Suites, Coca-Cola, Caribou Coffee, Culligan, Deerwood Bank, Domino's Pizza, FitQuest, Grand View Lodge, Halo Salon and Spa, Henry's Woodworking, Holiday gas station, J&B Western Store, James and Minna Wallin, Lakes Area Gallery and Frame, Lakes Area Yoga, Leslie and Luke Spalj, Loretta Weiss, Marjon's Sports Shop, Minnesota Tees, Mobile Marine, Northern Exposure Gift, OfficeMax, Panache, Partytime, Party World, Pizza Ranch, Princeton Health and Fitness, Radco Truck Accessory Center, RadioShack, Salon 7, Shawn Moller, Vicki Kelm, Tiffany Deering, Emily Brainerd, Ski Gull, Subway, Tanner Motors, The Body Works, The Last Turn Saloon, Mid-Minnesota Women's Center, The Y Club, Walker Community Center, The Brainerd Workforce Center, Ya Betcha's Bar and Grill, Zorba's, and LSS Youth Services volunteers.

Thank you, one and all!

Maria Essman

Program Manager

LSS Youth Services in Brainerd