LifeHaven, a Twin Cities Metro Youth Homelessness Program of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, provides housing and support to young women ages 16 and 17, who are pregnant or parenting. The program can provide services for as many as six moms and their children at a time. The team of dedicated staff and volunteers at LifeHaven support young moms and their children as they transition from homelessness to housing stability, work toward achieving their goals, and create lasting change in their lives and communities.

All moms living at LifeHaven attend high school full time during the day and receive supportive services from LifeHaven staff before and after school and on the weekends, including case management, advocacy, and independent living skills education. They also receive education and support as they work to strengthen parenting skills.

Since 2003, Incarnation partnered with LifeHaven under the Families in Transition umbrella. As a partner in this project, Incarnation provides financial, in-kind donation and volunteer support. Read how Incarnation and LifeHaven have changed lives over 16 years of partnership.

LifeHaven is located at 325 Jenks Avenue, near I-35E and Maryland Avenue in St. Paul. For directions, contact the Incarnation office at 651-484-7213.

Regular Donations are welcomed at LifeHaven

Household and Personal Care Items, and Welcome Baskets

A number of items are needed at any given time to ensure the LifeHaven home is well equipped for the teenage mothers and children as they begin their lives at LifeHaven. Purchase any of the items on this list and drop them off within the Incarnation Office attention Becky Benson.

Make a Meal

Provide a Sunday evening meal for the moms at LifeHaven. Sign up for a Sunday date by contacting Rosie Blanc (651 – 470-8801). Prepare enough food for 8 adults and deliver the meal to LifeHaven by 4:30 p.m. on your scheduled Sunday. Meal ideas and guidelines for providing meals can be found here.

Volunteering at LifeHaven

Before the facility of LifeHaven was open, crews of volunteers from Incarnation worked together to transform a duplex into this transitional shelter and they were supported by crews of volunteers who provided food to the workers and furnished the house.

Volunteers continue to be an important part of the program at LifeHaven. There are many different ways to serve at LifeHaven with varying levels of involvement with the young moms, their children and varying time commitments. Direct service opportunities require volunteer training and screening.

To further explore what opportunities might be right for you from the list below or other ideas you have, contact Sarah McGuiness of Lutheran Social Service.

Ongoing Individual Direct Service Positions

Includes child care, driving for Girls’ Night Out, baking cookies or serving as a group leader for an activity of your choice. These positions require volunteer training and background screening.

Child Care
Provide child care while youth and moms are in group meetings, independent living skills groups, parenting skills groups and Girls’ Night In/Out. Volunteers can be scheduled weekly or monthly or every other month. Child care is needed every Thursday 6 – 8 p.m. and twice per month for Girls’ Night In/Out which usually happens on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening of each month.

Girls’ Night Out Driver
Provide transportation for the moms to get out and have some fun! Girls’ Night Out is a time when the moms go out with staff and volunteers for some fun (dinner, movie, etc) without their children. Girls’ Night Out happens once per month, usually on 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6 – 10 p.m.

Additional Individual Indirect Service Positions

Includes making a meal for Sunday night dinner, coordinating a donation drive, sponsoring a youth during the holidays, and opportunities for small groups.

Donation Drive Coordinator
Coordinate a donation drive within your community (work, school, small group at church, etc.) collecting much-needed items for the moms and children at LifeHaven. Donation lists are available in Incarnation’s Atrium by the LifeHaven bulletin board.

‘Giving House’ Holiday Gift Drive
Shop for and donate gifts based on youth’s holiday wish lists. Pick a gift tag off the LifeHaven Holiday Giving House at Incarnation during the Alternative Giving Fair in November.

Small Group Projects
Occasionally there is a need for a small group to complete a project at or for LifeHaven. Most projects involve cleaning, painting, and building/grounds maintenance. Eagle Scout projects have also been done at LifeHaven.

On Call Individual Direct Service Positions

Includes presenting about independent learning skills, providing professional services, helping to maintain the LifeHaven facility or working on a moving crew. These positions require volunteer training and screening.

On-Call Independent Living Skills Guest Presenter
Come in and share your skills and expertise with our youth! Do you know about financial management, employment skills/services, health/nutrition, education/college admission, voting/civic engagement, tenant rights and responsibilities, chemical health/substance abuse, domestic violence or STD/HIV prevention, etc. Be on call to come in and present during one of our independent living skills groups.

On-Call Maintenance Crew
Help keep LifeHaven in good working order. Be on call to come in and do repairs as needed. Must have an email address.

On-Call Driving Crew
In many cases programs deal with large donations and moving youth into apartments. We are looking for a pool of individuals who would be willing to help move donations and youth’s belonging and to assist with other occasional transportation needs of youth participating in LSS Youths Programs.

On-Call Job Shadowing
Are you willing to talk with one of our moms about your job or even let them shadow you on the job? We welcome volunteers with all types of jobs, especially in the legal and health (nursing, dental, and vet techs) fields.

Questions about LifeHaven? Contact Becky Benson.