Youth find Passion and Pathways through Art

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Dave Beaman couldn’t ignore a call for volunteers to help with youth experiencing homelessness when it was presented at Nativity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. “We needed a passionate volunteer to work with youth experiencing homelessness, and we certainly found one in Dave,” said Jen Fairbourne, program director for LSS Metro Homeless Youth Services.

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Paying it forward for other kids

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Manilan Houle grew up just one block from the new site for the LSS Center for Changing Lives in Duluth. He was eight years old when he walked from his home to a nearby pay phone and called the police. He and his siblings were taken to the LSS Bethany Crisis Shelter, where the staff remembered him from a previous visit.

“I was filled with fear, not knowing what I had done by making that call to the police,” he said. “But one of the staff there, said, ‘All of the struggles you are going through may seem larger than life right now, but they are temporary. Life is going to be good. Hang in there.’”
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