'It felt like I was home'

Garlicia was on a waiting list for a year to get into Nicollet Square. While staying with a friend, she called every month to check on her progress. One month someone from Nicollet Square called her to tell her she was second on the list.

The day she moved in, she couldn’t believe she got a new bed, linens and dishes.

“From that day forward it felt like I was home. The staff are so supportive. Sometimes it is small things like bus tokens to get to school, or learning where a food shelf is. Other times it’s bigger things, like Debbie helping me find health care. And on my birthday, they had a party with gifts and cake.”

Garlicia attends Normandale Community College where she’s studying business management and marketing. She works part-time at retail store at the Mall of America.

Living at Nicollet Square is teaching her organization and financial management skills. “I’m independent. I try to get it done on my own. But here I can ask for help when I need it.”

Beacon’s other youth housing in development, Prior Crossing in Saint Paul and 66 West in Edina will offer the same kind of care and support to more than 80 more young adults experiencing homelessness in other communities.