The temporary shelter will be serving 50 single adults experiencing homelessness from November 1 through April 1st at various sites throughout Dakota County. You can also stay up-to-date by visiting the Facebook page of Matrix housing services, which will be operating the shelter. There are a number of ways that you can help the shelter and those it serves:
Serve Dinner at the Shelter:
Groups are needed to plan, purchase, and prepare a meal for 60 people, then serve it at 7:00 p.m. at the shelter and clean-up afterwards. Typically, some group members have time to eat dinner with shelter guests. If your group wants to sign-up to serve dinner, the coordinator should sign up here.
Be a Shelter Aid in the Evening or Overnight:
Evening shelter aids are at the shelter from 5:45-10:00 pm to help open the shelter, check-in guests, distribute supplies, visit with guests, and assist staff with cleaning and other duties. Overnight shelter aids are at the shelter from 10:00pm to 8:00am to help staff with setting out breakfast, waking guests, doing laundry and other cleaning, and closing the shelter. There is typically time to sleep during the overnight shift. Sign up for one or more shelter aid shifts here. All people interested in volunteering as a shelter aid must pass a background check and attend a volunteer training. You can sign up for shelter aid shifts after your scheduled volunteer training. Sign up for a training here.
Donate Shelter Supplies:
If you or your group are interested in donating supplies for the shelter, you can see what is currently needed here. This site also includes information about where and when you can drop off supplies. Please check this site regularly because it will be updated as our needs change throughout the winter.
It will cost $1300per day to operate the shelter. Financial support is needed make this shelter a reality! You can make a donation by sending a check payable to Matrix Housing Services, 2929 4th Ave S, Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55408 or at their website.