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25th Anniversary Celebration of SafeZone
August 15 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
On Thursday, August 15 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Face to Face will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our drop-in center, SafeZone, with a community event. It will take place at our Arcade location, where we will be showcasing youth artists from our recording arts program.
We will celebrate with food, activities for kids, and music. The governor’s office will even make an appearance—Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan will speak at the event! The event is free and open to the public, so please join us.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Face to Face
1165 Arcade Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
SAINT PAUL, Minn. (July 22, 2019)—Face to Face, a youth-serving nonprofit organization, is holding a community celebration to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the opening of SafeZone, a drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness. While there is nothing to celebrate about homelessness, the resiliency of the youth and the honor of serving them calls for a big celebration. The event will take place on Thursday, August 15 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the clinic location: 1165 Arcade Street in Saint Paul. Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan will be speaking at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy food, activities for kids, and performances by artists from Face to Face’s recording arts program housed at SafeZone.
This community celebration will showcase the talent and hard work of youth participating in Face to Face’s recording arts program, which began as a pilot program in 2018. The program takes place in a professional, high quality recording studio housed at SafeZone, where youth compose, rehearse, and record music free of charge. Young artists are trained and mentored by professional artists Kristoff Krane and Tristan Price. By composing and recording their own music, youth have the chance to express themselves artistically in a safe and therapeutic environment. Since the start of the pilot program in 2018, 44 youth have participated in the program. Funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council will allow the programming to continue year-round.
SafeZone is the only daily drop-in place for homeless youth in Ramsey County and is located in downtown Saint Paul with convenient access to transit. Open during the day, SafeZone provides essentials to over 125 youth experiencing homelessness every day, providing hot meals, showers, clothing and personal care items, laundry facilities, and transportation assistance.
Face to Face’s homeless youth program offers critical support services at its Drop-In Center including walk-in mental health counseling, educational support, employment support, and housing assistance through experienced case workers. Face to Face also supports youth through its street outreach efforts and its housing program which includes 16 units of transitional housing for youth experiencing homelessness.
“Face to Face is empowering young people experiencing homelessness by providing them with the critical support services they need,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “State government has a critical role to play in this work. Through partnerships with local and Tribal governments, the private sector, and communities across this state, we can close racial and ethnic disparities and make long-term strides to end homelessness by centering the voices of Minnesota’s youth.”
The Face to Face Story: Face to Face empowers youth to overcome barriers and strive toward healthy and self-sufficient lives. Face to Face has been serving marginalized youth since 1972 when the agency began as a walk-in crisis counseling and reproductive health clinic serving youth on Saint Paul’s East Side. Programming grew to include a full adolescent medical clinic and mental health program. In 1994, the State of Minnesota and Ramsey County asked Face to Face to start a drop-in center to be a safe place for youth experiencing homelessness to get off the street and get connected with resources.
The result, SafeZone, is still the only drop-in center in Saint Paul for homeless youth. Face to Face serves over 3,000 youth between the ages of 11 and 24 last year; an additional 5,500 youth were contacted through health education outreach.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Alena DeYoung, Development and Communications Specialist