Youth Homelessness
LSS Bethany

LSS Bethany

Services for children, youth and families

Children, youth and families in a circle LSS Bethany is a youth emergency shelter and a family resource center.

Youth Emergency Shelter

The Youth Emergency Crisis Shelter offers short-term, emergency housing in a safe, residential setting. 

We provide support for the physical and emotional needs of children and youth. We recognize the unique reality of each young person’s situation. Our services emphasize responsible behavior, healthy relationships and working to achieve goals. Services are available 24/7.

Youth age 17 and younger are referred to the shelter by county social service providers, the court system and area law enforcement. Out of county referrals are also accepted.

Youth referred are often experiencing one or more of the following circumstances: family conflict, parental neglect, physical or sexual abuse, running away, delinquency, truancy, school difficulties, chemical abuse, emotional difficulties, or past or current out-of-home placement.

Our Approach 

We support youth using a strengths-based approach. We recognize the unique reality of each young person’s situation. The program emphasizes responsible behavior, healthy relationships and working to achieve goals.

We offer:

  • Supervised daily living
  • Homebound education
  • Recreational programming
  • Weekly discussion groups
  • Individual support and goal setting
  • Transportation

Resource Center

The Resource Center offers services that support resiliency, stability and child well-being in a community setting. Our services are designed to equip families to stay healthy, remain together when possible and prevent a crisis from occurring.

To make a referral or to receive more information, please contact us.

We Offer:

  • Supported parenting and coaching: A safe place for parents to visit their children and receive coaching and supportive skill building.
  • Supported family time (supervised visitation): assists families who require supervision or monitoring during visits with their children.
  • Therapeutic family and child services: Licensed clinicians and skilled practitioners provide guidance and support to maintain and/or reunify families and improve coping skills.
  • Crisis Nursery: Short-term care for children ages 12 and younger by licensed providers. Also, access to a Care Closet with supplies such as diapers, wipes and seasonal clothing.
  • Wraparound services: Care planning that brings together youth, their families and their support systems, both formal and natural, to prevent out-of-home placement and identify a larger support network that the family can depend on the future.


Donors, organizational partners and other generous supporters across Minnesota were essential in bringing this $3.3 million project to life.

We are grateful to everyone who helped make LSS Bethany a reality.


LSS Bethany