Minnesotans are stepping up and making a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I want to make sure people know about all the organizations out there doing great work and helping during this crisis and beyond. I’m profiling a different nonprofit each day to share their information and their story.
Face to Face Health and Counseling, led by my good friend Hanna Getachew-Kreusser, began serving marginalized youth in 1972 as a walk-in crisis counseling and reproductive health clinic on St. Paul’s East Side. Over the years, it expanded its programming to include a full adolescent medical clinic and mental health program. In 1994, it was asked by the state of Minnesota to start a drop-in center as a safe place for youth experiencing homelessness, which gave birth to SafeZone, the only drop-in center in St. Paul for homeless youth.
Today, Face to Face provides a variety of services, including sexual health testing and support, pregnancy and prenatal care, mental health counseling, LGBTQ support, hot meals, and facilities where youth can take a shower and leave with personal care items and clothing. If someone needs more help, their case manager can help them navigate insurance, housing, WIC, and more. No matter how a young person needs help, they can find confidential, nonjudgmental care at Face to Face.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Face to Face has continued to provide services as a safety-net health and human services provider. The SafeZone Drop-In Center is providing food, transportation assistance, and personal hygiene products to go; medical and mental health care continues onsite. Mental health services are also being provided for existing clients by telehealth. Case management and MNsure services are provided by phone and other remote means as much as possible.
Despite the the closures of so many businesses and organizations during this time, Face to Face, like the other nonprofits I’ve been profiling, has continued to operate because there are people in need. Head over to the the organization’s website and check out the wonderful things it does.