Ways To Support Us
You Can Help End Homelessness in our Community
Did you know that homelessness often starts in childhood? The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless documents that today's homeless children often become tomorrow's homeless adults. Evergreen offers multiple programs at two sites in Bemidji to prevent and intervene in the cycle of youth homelessness, and to launch older teens successfully into adulthood. You can be part of the solution to homelessness for children in our community. Your gift to Evergreen helps support food, shelter, transitional housing, clothing, youth and family counseling and other services that can interrupt the cycle of homelessness. Checks may be made payable to Evergreen Youth & Family Services and sent to: Evergreen Youth & Family Services, PO Box 662, Bemidji, MN 56619. All gifts are acknowledged and issued a tax receipt.
Homelessness is getting some well-deserved media and community attention in recent months. The Bemidji Homeless Needs Assessment released April 2014 is now available.
How Your Support Helps Youth
Homeless children and youth and other youth in crisis come to Evergreen at the most vulnerable moments in their lives. Thank you for helping us to:
*Provide food and meals for hundreds of children and youth each year.
*Remain a Shelter respite resource for children and parents during times of family conflict or crisis. More than 90% of children and families served end up staying together. This is prevention at its best. Youth who stay with their families are more likely to graduate from high school and avoid future homelessness.
*Help youth complete their education and obtain employment. Hundreds of youth receive help with everything from job applications, developing resumes, interview preparation/clothing/and rides, to help completing high school/a GED/or enrolling in college. Our staff even tackled the dreaded FAFSA forms!
*Help youth develop independent living skills. Nearly 150 youth each year come for help. Many youth exit foster care in our community without a high school diploma and they have no idea where they will live. Independent Living Skills classes help prepare youth for life after foster care.
*Help homeless young adults set up their own apartments. Annually, 100-150 homeless young people and their babies/toddlers need help finding an apartment they can afford, paying upfront costs for security deposits and first and last month's rent, as well learning to be good tenants and neighbors.
Online Gifts Welcome
Feel free to give online via credit card if that's more convenient. Simply click the Donate Button on our homepage. Recurring gifts of $10, $15, or $25 per month add up over the course of a year and make a significant impact on Evergreen's ability to provide consistent support for homeless youth, young adults, and young families.
Thrivent Choice (a program of Thrivent Financial "Connecting Faith & Finances for Good" ™)
Evergreen is now a registered Thrivent Choice eligible recipient organization. Thrivent members are welcome to donate Thrivent Choice funds to Evergreen. If you know a Thrivent member who doesn't usually designate funds to a nonprofit, please encourage him or her to give to Evergreen by visiting this link. If you have questions, please contact Executive Director, Becky Schueller, at 218-441-4561.
Leave a Legacy to Support Youth & Families
You can help Evergreen Youth & Family Services continue to strengthen youth and preserve families for years to come. Our Endowment Fund is housed with the Northwest Minnesota Foundation in Bemidji. Please consider naming Evergreen Youth & Family Services as a beneficiary in your life insurance policy, retirement plan, or will. For more information, please contact Executive Director, Becky Schueller, (218) 441-4561.
Have you included Evergreen Youth & Family Services in your will or estate plans?
Amazon Smile Program
If you order online from Amazon, the Amazon Smile program will donate .5% of the purchase price of eligible products to charitable organizations selected by its customers. The website is http://smile.amazon.com. Evergreen is now registered with AmazonSmile.