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Duluth & North Shore Area

Duluth & North Shore Area

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Lutheran Social Service supports more than 800 young people every year in greater Duluth, making thousands of contacts and providing them with the resources they need to launch into productive, healthy and independent lives.

Our Center for Changing Lives Duluth opened in June 2017 and is part of an innovative initiative to end youth homelessness in the area. Many of our services are based at this location.

COVID-19 Update

LSS is committed to the health and safety of the youth we serve, our employees and volunteers. Our leadership has developed a three-tiered COVID-19 response with specific activities based on recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and CDC.

To help reduce the spread of exposure to COVID-19, we are currently limiting visitors at the Center for Changing Lives Duluth. Services continue to be available by phone, email or by appointment only.  For the latest updates, please follow our LSS Duluth Youth Services Facebook and Instagram pages. If you are interested in offering support during this time, please view our donation needs.


Another Door Emergency Housing

Safe, short-term shelter and support for young adults ages 18-24.

Bethany Crisis Shelter

24/7 housing and care for children and youth 17 and under.

Carlton Youth Shelter

Short-term, emergency housing and care for youth 17 and under.

The Center for Changing Lives Duluth

The Center provides short-term and transitional housing options for youth and young adults, as well as the teen health center. It is part of an innovative initiative to end youth homelessness in the area.

Host Homes for Youth

Young adults ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness are matched with caring adults who can provide safe, short-term housing.

Oh No! Eighteen (O.N.E.)

Support for youth transitioning from foster care to independence.

Renaissance Transitional Living

Supportive transitional housing for up to 18 months for youth ages 16 to 21.

Runaway & Homeless Youth

Services offered include an anonymous, 24-hour crisis line, and safe and secure shelter for youth 17 and younger.

Safe Place

Immediate help and safety for young people in crisis through a network of volunteers, organizations and businesses throughout the Duluth community.

Street Outreach

Support, encouragement and referrals to services for youth who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Supportive Apartments

Low-income, long-term housing at the Center for Changing Lives is paired with supportive services for youth who are experiencing homelessness.

Teen Closet

Free new and gently used clothing for youth ages 13-21.

Teen Health Center

Free, walk-in health and dental services for teens and young adults.
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Together for Youth

An inclusive, supportive and welcoming group for LGBTQIA2+ youth and allies.

Truancy Action Project

The Truancy Action Project (TAP) provides truancy prevention and early intervention services for students ages 12-16 at Duluth Public Schools.

Youth Leadership Council

A group of current and former foster youth age 16-24 who plan quarterly projects to raise awareness of issues in the foster care system and advocate for youth currently in care.