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Brainerd Area Warming Shelter

Home for the Night

Project Overview

Bridges of Hope, in partnership with law enforcement, Crow Wing County, nonprofit organizations, church partners, and community members recognized the need for a safe place for homeless adults (ages 18+) to sleep in our community. This group has come together in a collaborative effort to address homelessness by providing a low-barrier warming shelter that will offer a safe place for individuals to rest for the night.

We opened our doors on Friday, December 3rd. Our last day of the season was Friday, April 29th. Over the course of 147 nights we served 78 unique individuals experiencing homelessness, and offered in total 942 nights of shelter from the cold Minnesota winter. Our plan is to meet with the city to get our permit reissued, and move forward with plans for the next season. Once we have worked with our staff, city officials and landlord to set a date for reopening, we will be sure to share!

How Does it Work?

Who can come?: The Shelter is open to all guests aged 18+.  

Where is it?: 1926 S 7th St., Brainerd

When is it open?: The shelter is open from 8 PM - 8 AM.   

   Walk ins are accepted from 8-11 PM

How often can I go?: There is no limit to how many nights you can stay at the shelter!

What is it?: Our simple goal is to provide a safe, warm, decent place for people to sleep. You will not be required to sign up for anything, or feel pressured to do anything. A good night's sleep and a cup of coffee or snack are available. IF you are looking for help with something, ask our staff and they will point you in the right direction!

How can you help?

Our community has come alongside us on this project and been extremely generous! We have a good start on our funding for our second season, but want to be responsible to both our guests and staff. Our goal is to start each season confident in our funding for the full season. Any help you can give goes towards operating costs to keep the shelter open. We are also looking to add a washer and dryer hookup this year for washing both shelter laundry and guest's clothing. 
Interested in Warming Shelter volunteer opportunities? Let us know!

Thanks for submitting!

Key Partners & Funders
  • 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

  • Hallett Charitable Trust

  • Initiative Foundation

  • Lutheran Social Services

  • Representatives from area churches

  • Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen