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Brainerd Lakes Area Community 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 are working toward opening the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Shelter early December 2021. The following steps are being taken to make this a reality.

  • We have worked with the City of Brainerd to obtain a conditional use permit

  • Raising funds

  • Hiring & Training staff

  • Renovating the space

  • Opening to provide a safe, warm place for those in need to sleep from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

How You Can Help

Financial Support

The shelter is in early stages of development and Bridges of Hope is seeking partnership from the community to launch this effort during the winter of 2021-22. Your donation will help support:

  • Leasing a building that could house 20 beds

  • Purchasing necessary items such as cots, bedding, and overnight storage bins

  • Hiring & training staff to work at the shelter

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

Other ways you can get involved:

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Secured Funding $122,000

Pending Grants $33,580

Fundraising Goal $70,000


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Start Up Costs $23,109

Staff $138,839

Space $32,500

Fees $3,000

Miscellaneous $3,000

Training $5,000

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Plans for Development

Designed with our community in mind

We have an ambitious but attainable goal of launching the shelter in winter 2021-22. Thus far, the group has divided into task teams including: finance, location opportunities, public relations, and shelter model.

Each team is working to research and prepare a work plan that will be presented to the Planning and Zoning commission of the identified location. Members of the group have met with two homeless shelters in Minnesota to glean best practices for serving those experiencing homelessness in communities similar to our own.

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

  • Initiative Foundation

  • Lutheran Social Services

  • Representatives from area churches

  • Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen

Interested in Warming Shelter volunteer opportunities? Let us know!

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