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Brainerd Lakes Area Community Shelter

Home for the Night

Project Overview

Bridges of Hope, in partnership with law enforcement, county social workers, the Initiative Foundation and Brainerd HRA, city and county representatives all recognize a need to protect houseless men and women in our community and have come together to launch the Brainerd Lakes Area (BLA) Community Shelter, a low-barrier warming shelter that will provide a safe place to sleep for individuals experiencing homelessness. We have set an ambitious goal of opening the warming shelter late fall 2021. In the next few months are goals are to:


  • Obtain a permit from the city of Brainerd

  • Raise Funds

  • Hire Shelter staff

  • Minor renovations

  • Spread the word

  • Open the shelter

How You Can Help

This shelter is in the early stages of its development and Bridges of Hope is seeking partnership from the community to launch it in fall 2021. Your donation will help support:

  • Leasing a building that could initially house 20 beds

  • Installing necessary infrastructure, such as lockers for tenants to use

  • Hiring staff to work at the shelter

  • Providing a warm cup of coffee to a neighbor in need

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Fundraising Goal   $237,000

Funds Committed $57,000

Pending Grant Funds $85,000


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Start Up Costs $23,109

Staff $138,839

Space $32,500

Fees $30,000

Miscellaneous $3,000

Training $5,000

Key Partners
  • Baxter Police Department

  • Brainerd Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA)

  • Brainerd Fire Department

  • Brainerd Police Department

  • Bridges of Hope

  • Brainerd Area Collaboration on Homelessness (BACH)

  • Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

  • Crow Wing County Community Services

  • Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department

  • Crow Wing Power Community Trust

  • Essentia Health

  • Initiative Foundation

  • Lutheran Social Services

  • Representatives from area churches

  • Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen

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