Stories & Statistics


Soon after losing her job with a
large corporation after 15 years,
Jane suffered a stroke that
affected her speech and led to
difficulties with problem-solving
and critical thinking.  Then a
close family member passed away,
deepening her depression. Jane’s
husband filed for divorce and
because of her medicaldifficulties,
it was decided that he would stay
in the family home with the children. 
Jane moved in with a succession of
relatives but soon wore out her
welcome and eventually ended up
living in her car.  A local church
provided vouchersfor a few nights
stay in a motel but from there she
was referred to a homeless shelter.
An Anoka County outreach worker
helped Jane to access the services
she needed to move from the shelter
to a family foster home.  She has
received legal advice regarding her
divorce and is being treated for
depression.  Jane is spending more
time with her children and with her life
now less chaotic, the residual effects
of her stroke are less pronounced.


Homeless Man Reading

Homeless Man Reading
Photograph by Mantas Ruzveltas

Anonymous Gentleman in Cowboy Hat

Anonymous Gentleman Wearing
Cowboy Hat

Photograph by Maggie Smith 


With an IQ in the low 80’s, Robert, 42,
always struggled to keep up in school. 
Robert’s learning disabilities contributed  
to his drug addiction and subsequent
criminal activities.  With a felony record,
he struggled to find housing and
employment.  He became depressed
and suicidal, cycling through stays in
mental health crisis centers, psychiatric
hospital units, and homeless shelters.

Robert was referred to Anoka County
Social Services and Homeless Outreach
and received a thorough neuro-psycho-
logical assessment.  He now works at
an employment agency that offers
housing with support as well. He is
thriving there.


Judy left her abusive husband and went with her two small children to live temporarily at Alexandra House, a shelter for abused women and their children.  Soon after, her company downsized and she lost her job.  Because Judy’s children have special needs and require specialized childcare, she had difficulty finding another job.  When she left Alexandra House, Judy voluntarily placed her children in foster care while she moved to an emergency shelter.


Judy’s outreach worker helped her reunite with her children and sign up for a program that provides support for her and the special needs of her children.  She has obtained subsidized housing, is taking classes, has found suitable childcare, and is successfully employed.