Sarah McKenzie

Reaching out on Hennepin


StreetWorks outreach workers connect homeless teens with key resources

On a recent Thursday evening, Jose Acuna and Shannon Lange (aka Blowtorch) headed for Hennepin Avenue outfitted with green backpacks stocked with essentials for life on the streets.

Acuna, 43, and Blowtorch, 30, work for YouthLink, an organization on the edge of Downtown that serves homeless and at-risk teens through a variety of programs. Their outreach work is coordinated by StreetWorks, a South Minneapolis-based organization that collaborates with several Twin Cities agencies serving youth.


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