The Link’s priority has always been and continues to be the safety and well-being of our youth and young family program participants, youth and adult staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, donors and partners. They will be taking all of the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health, as well as additional measures, to ensure the safety of everyone and to do their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus.
The Link is an organization that is on the front lines, is open 24/7 and provides crisis response to some of the most vulnerable in our community. This includes youth and young families experiencing homelessness, sex trafficking, child abuse and neglect, and youth involved in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems. These youth and young families can’t “Just Stay Home” because they have NO HOME or an incredibly unsafe one. That said, they cannot close or shut down their organization as that would have an incredibly negative impact on the youth and young families that rely on them and for our larger community. They will, however, make any and all accommodations and changes to ensure that they are providing all safety precautions to do their part in helping to reduce and slow the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus.
Learn more about their specific areas of concern by clicking here.
Do you like to donate tangible items? Here is another creative way you can help: Specifically for Passageways, their youth are still in our Passageways shelter and Safe Harbor Housing and they need help to provide things for them to do while they are in their individual rooms to maintain social distancing. Their daily lives are now so different. They created an Amazon Wish List that ships directly to the program to help with filling this need: Passageways Support for COVID-19 Social Distancing.
Lastly, we learned that a third need, besides cash donations, fulfillment of this Amazon wish list, is donating of gift cards. Gift cards can be used for youth and staff, and this is a great way to also support a local small business, helping to sustain them during this time!
Thank you for reading about the current needs at The Link and we thank you for supporting us, so we can support them!
Donations can be sent directly to Megan at The Link: 1210 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405