In a few weeks Sharing and Caring Hands will begin a construction project that will add eight new housing units and a new youth center to the homeless shelter near Target Field.
The project will bring the number of apartments at the shelter to an even 100, and give the more than 400 children housed there a new youth center.
The current youth center building will be demolished and rebuilt. That building served as the original shelter when Sharing and Caring Hands moved to its north Minneapolis location in 1985.
“There’s just no way I could repair it anymore, it’s just not efficient to put any more money into it,” said Sharing and Caring Hands founder Mary Jo Copeland.
The new apartments will be built as part of a two-floor addition on top of the current shelter at 401 7th St. N, and the new youth center will be connected to the shelter.
“[The kids] will be able to walk right from their housing unit to the teen center next door without having to go outside,” said Copeland, who said the project is expected to be completed next April or May.
According to the Sharing and Caring Hands website, it housed 374 families last year out of 1,224 that applied for housing. A family’s stay is typically between three and six months, according to Copeland.
The shelter runs entirely on private donations, and the expansion was funded in part from a large gift from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. Sharing and Caring Hands accepts donations of cash, food, clothing, house wares, sheets and towels. There’s an especially high demand for personal hygiene items.
To donate, visit http://bit.ly/sharingcaringhands.