Center for Changing Lives – Duluth

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The new Center for Changing Lives Duluth is opening in June 2017. This will be a safe place where at-risk youth can find guidance and support, wellness services, life-skills development, educational support, job skill development/mentoring and, for some, short and long-term housing. The central site will allow a holistic approach to services for youth.

The center is part of an innovative initiative to end youth homelessness in Duluth. We provide services to more than 800 young people in the greater Duluth area every year, making thousands of contacts and providing them with the resources they need to launch into productive, healthy and independent lives.

More about the Center

The center is part of an innovative initiative to end youth homelessness in Duluth. LSS of MN has served children and youth for over 100 years in Duluth. We’ve never waited for youth to come to us and will continue to serve kids right where they are: both at the new center and through street, school, and community outreach. We know that ending youth homelessness in Duluth will not be easy. It will take an ongoing community-wide commitment, with strong support from both individuals and organizations.

This building is ideally located near the bus line, a pharmacy and grocery store, and employment opportunities. It is three stories and 27,000 square feet containing offices, service and meeting areas, and housing. The building was constructed to Minnesota Green Communities standards by DSGW Architects in Duluth.

Services at the Center

Teen Health Center | offering free, walk-in wellness services.
Runaway & Homeless Youth Program | guiding youth to safe housing and helpful resources.
Truancy Action Project | removing barriers to regular school attendance.
Street Outreach | providing support, encouragement and referrals to community services.
Oh No! 18 (O.N.E) | preparing young people who are aging out of foster care into independent lives.
Together for Youth | supporting LGBTQ youth in community.
Safe Place | organizing rapid-response help for young people in crisis in the community.
Renaissance Transitional Housing | providing stable housing, support, help with education and employment goals, and life skills for youth experiencing homelessness.
Supportive Apartments | offering ten low income apartments paired with supportive services.
Host Homes | supportive community-based housing for young adults ages 18-24.

500 Ideas to End Youth Homelessness – What are Yours?

At LSS, we believe that youth should never have to go a single night without a safe place to rest. We have pledged to end youth homelessness in Duluth, and to succeed we need to work together as a community. This is where you come in! We are seeking 500 ideas to make this vision a reality – new ways to collaborate across sectors with individuals, organizations and community partners. This community brainstorming process kicked off at the Center for Changing Lives in Duluth a few weeks ago. Our goal is to gather 500 ideas in the coming weeks, and we invite you to add yours. 

Some of the new ideas we've received so far are:

  • Expand the LSS truancy prevention program to all schools
  • Create a region-wide, faith based 'adopt-a-youth' program
  • Ask businesses to mentor youth in career building opportunities

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Please share your thoughts via our short 500 ideas survey ! Your input will inform how we share and leverage resources, build awareness, and think creatively to make a powerful difference for Duluth youth now and going forward.


Funding for the construction of this $9.1 million project was made possible with the support of many generous donors. Contributions include $4.2 million from Minnesota Housing (Housing Infrastructure Bonds), $400,000 from federal grants allocated through the City of Duluth, and gifts from foundations, businesses, churches and individuals.

Media Inquiries

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Jackie Nelson
Senior Marketing Communications Manager