The following article appeared in the June issue of the Anchor, the newsletter of House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. House of Hope was instrumental in the building of Prior Crossing.
House of Hope is grateful to the volunteers who helped to make Prior Crossing a reality. Together with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, House of Hope developed 44 safe studio apartments at Prior Crossing: Housing Development for Homeless Youth in St. Paul. The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation provides on-site supportive services to residents, building meaningful relationships and nurturing community spirit.
Youth at Prior Crossing are accessing services they need to lead productive lives. In September 2016, the building opened its doors to 44 previously homeless youth. During the frst four months, 43 of those youth remained stably housed. Eighty-nine percent were either employed, enrolled in school, or actively seeking employment. “We are proud to follow through on our committment to the youth of Prior Crossing,” stated a volunteer involved in the project. “Deep down we all know we can make a diference. “
Volunteer opportunities abound with this project. Consider donating new or gently used household items to Hope’s Closet. Open to residents upon move in, Hope’s Closet allows residents to stock their new apartment with dishes, toiletries, and linens, free of charge. In fact, our Mission Sewing Group completed hand-tied blankets to be distributed to each new resident.