Our 100-year old residential facility for youth ages 13-18 in Rochester, MN is a safe place for at-risk youth when home isn't a safe place or when they commit a minor crime. Architects have created an amazing vision for a new facility. First, however, we need to tell better stories about the kids we serve, their challenges, and positive outcomes in our program. We need 3 stories that represent our work. These would be used on our website, in fundraising materials, and shared in presentations
Good, emotional storytelling will help engage donors to support this project. Storytelling will help re-frame our message which feels tied to law enforcement rather than about challenges youth face which likely lead to minor crimes.
180 Degrees provides emergency shelter and supportive programming for homeless and at-risk youth, girls who are victims of sexual exploitation, and men rebuilding lives following incarceration. Programs are located in the Twin Cities metro area including St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Excelsior, Minnesota and in two rural communities, St. Cloud and Rochester.
Founded in 1971, 180 Degrees' first program was a halfway house for ex-felons needing housing, employment, and connection. Through acquisition and programming, 180 Degrees expanded to include additional shelters. Almost all of our clients lives below the Federal Poverty guideline and 85% are people of color.
Hope House: Emergency shelter for homeless youth
Brittany's Place: Emergency shelter for sexually exploited girls
Group homes for at-risk teens
Clifton Place: men rebuilding lives following incarceration
Youth Vocational Program providing career exploration, skill building and job placement for at risk youth
Support services for women experiencing domestic violence