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Operation Save the Shelter – Community Help is Needed for Homeless Families

Web posted May 8, 2018
New Pathways, a Homeless Shelter Program, has been helping find housing and services for families with children in the Brainerd Lakes area since 2006, but now desperately needs your support. This July, New Pathways will lose approximately half of their normal operating budget due to federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding changes.

Pamela Streed, Executive Director, said, “We’ve launched a ‘Save the Shelter’ campaign because we still need to raise a significant amount of money to replace the $192,541 ($86,237 for the Brainerd site) in lost HUD funding. Our hope is that we will be able to preserve our current programming and continue this important work of assisting families through life’s obstacles and helping them find stable housing.”

Last fall, New Pathways launched their Path to Home 350 Campaign, with a goal of obtaining commitments from 350 supporters across their 10-county service area to commit to donating $50 per month on an ongoing basis. To date, 44 individuals in the Brainerd Lakes area (78 donors altogether) have made commitments, and New Pathways is very thankful to these supporters who stepped up immediately to help. However, more donations and ongoing support are still needed.

Without additional funds, New Pathways may not be able to serve as many families as it has in the Brainerd Lakes area. Pamela said, “We have the only shelter program specifically for families in the 10 counties that we serve, and we turn away far more families than we are able to serve, due to capacity. This program is absolutely necessary, but we need more financial support from the community to continue to operate as we have”.

New Pathways has received commitments from Hallett Charitable Trusts, Crow Wing Power, and Brainerd Lakes Women of Today for a total of over $11,000 to match donations received in the month of May. These matching gifts provide an excellent way for supporters to maximize the impact of their donation. Donations can be made at www.newpathwaysmn.com.

New Pathways will be hosting Open Houses at its Day Center on Thursday, May 24th and June 28th, from 4:30-6:30pm. Staff will be on hand to give you a tour of our facility and discuss the program. Refreshments and appetizers will also be served. Donations can be made online at www.newpathwaysmn.com or by mailing them to New Pathways at 512 S 8th St #2, Brainerd, MN 56401.

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