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The REACH Drop-In Center

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The REACH Drop-In Center supports youth who are at-risk, experiencing homeless or have run away. Since opening its doors in 2011, The REACH has served more than 4,000 youth in the Mankato area.
 

Mission

Our mission is to create a safe, nonjudgmental place for young people that will empower and enhance their sense of self-reliance and community connection.

The REACH is a place where youth ages 16-24 can acquire the knowledge they need to be healthy, independent and successful adults. Here, young people can look beyond their past and begin to plan for hopeful futures.

The REACH provides youth with a variety of services we center on each individual’s needs. Whether they need support meeting basic needs, securing an apartment, or finding medical care or mental health counseling, The REACH is here to listen and provide support.

Employees at The REACH are knowledgeable and trained to support youth dealing with issues such as homelessness, mental illness, chemical dependency, parenthood and sexual exploitation.
 

The REACH Services

Provides Basic Necessities

  • Meals
  • Showers
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing vouchers
  • Transportation assistance
  • Grocery vouchers
  • Computers and Wi-Fi

Housing & Shelter Options

  • Links to public housing services
  • Emergency shelter
  • Short-term housing options
  • Independent living housing assistance
  • Crisis Nursery Program

Support & Education

  • Community and volunteer service
  • Rental information
  • Licensed therapists
  • Financial assistance
  • Ongoing case management

Preparation for Employment and Independent Living

  • College preparation
  • Completing college financial aid forms (FAFSA)
  • Resume writing
  • Job searching
  • Interviewing skills
  • Assistance filing taxes
  • Budgeting and financial planning
  • Nutrition and cooking assistance
  • Assistance in obtaining legal documentation (birth certificates, social security cards, driver’s licenses, etc.)

Recreational Activities

  • Field trips
  • Art activities
  • Movie days
  • And more
     

Location

We are located at 125 E. Liberty Street, Mankato, MN 56001.
 

Youth Drop-In Hours

Monday-Thursday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: by appointment
 

Ways to Support our Work

To donate basic need items, please view our current “wish list” on Amazon. We accept donations on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Make a financial donation to support our mission.

If you are interested in providing a meal for the drop-in center, you can view available dates on our SignUp Genius calendar.

Contact

The REACH Drop-In Center

507.720.0331