Minneapolis Avenues Case Managers, Caitlin Rolf and Sheila Shelton
Year in Review: Interview with Minneapolis Avenues Case Managers
A Story that We Remember:
*Kia, a young woman at Minneapolis Avenues, qualified for individual housing but had to deny it. The housing was too far from her job without transportation, so she went back on the list for housing closer to her job.
Unexpectedly she became pregnant, and didn't qualify for individual housing anymore. Kia was on the list for family housing, which is harder to obtain, and time was running out. We had to find her housing before the baby was born.
We began working closely with Kia on her family issues. We connected with Kia's grandmother, and were able to coach her through conversations with her family. There were a lot of tears and long talks, but we were able to reunite her with her grandmother.
After giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, Kia moved in with her grandmother, where she has been living ever since. Both her and her baby are doing well, and Kia remains close with Avenues.
Things We Noticed in 2017: A large portion of our youth are becoming homeless just after they turn 18 because mom or dad told them they have to leave.
Goal for 2018: To strengthen and continue independent living skills.
Currently we host three classes a week on topics like independent living, getting and maintaining housing, financial literacy, cooking, parenting, building healthy relationships, education and career, and identifying good and bad decisions. We want to build youth participation so that every young person leaves Avenues with the skills they need to live independently.