40 youth arrive at homeless center in Elk River in first months
In the six months since a drop-in resource center for homeless youth opened in Elk River, 40 young people have used its services.
Volunteers Cheryl Wold, Cindy Ley and Marilyn Olson with Open Doors for Youth gave an update on the operation Nov. 12 at a community meeting at the Elk River Library. Wold is the board chair of Open Doors for Youth. Ley and Olson are board members. All three are teachers.
“We’ve learned a lot,” Wold said. “The youth are teaching us a lot about their existence here.”
One young man who lives in his car, for instance, wondered if Open Doors for Youth had any ready-to-eat canned soup. He liked that because he could warm it up by putting the can on his car’s hot engine.
In another case, a young woman found out about Open Doors for Youth when she went to apply for a library card at the Elk River Library. When the library staff learned she didn’t have a permanent address because she was living in her car, they told her about Open Doors.