Youth Homelessness Project

The Youth Homeless Project at the Church of St Gerard commits, in accordance with Catholic social teaching and our parish mission, to understand and address the issue of youth homelessness in the NW suburbs by. . . 

This effort began in the Fall of 2013 and seeks interested parishioners who would like to help with committee efforts, as host home families or as helping hands for related service activities.

If you have any questions contact Anne Tiller in the parish office  at or call 763-424-8770 at Ext. 120.

For more information on Youth Homelessness:

Youth Homelessness Services

Youth Homelessness Information

HOPE 4 Youth video

AvenuesBrooklyn Avenues for Homeless Youth

Help Make a Safe House a Home! You can help support Brooklyn Avenues by conducting a drive for supplies, doing a service project, learning about long-term volunteer opportunities, or making a financial donation to a specific, one-time need. Contact Craig Freeman at or call 612-522-1690 ext-105 for more information. Visit the Brooklyn Avenues website or watch the Program video and Together for Good video.


For more than 26 years, MoveFwd has helped young people land on their feet when things get too hard to face alone. MoveFwd supports homeless and at-risk kids and their families with quick-response, barrier-free, no-cost counseling and case management. We serve young people at the older end of the spectrum with our housing program and drop-in for everyone. For more information, visit the MoveFwd website.

Camera  A Ministry "snapshot": Youth Homelessness Project

Meeting Details: We meet in the Fireside Room at St. Gerard’s from 7-8:30 pm on the second Monday of each month, September through June.
Ministry Description: Our goal is to aid various organizations in eliminating youth homelessness in the northwest suburbs.
Contact Person: Jack or Cindy Woodcock, 612-240-2229
A typical day in this ministry:
  • Raising awareness about Youth Homelessness
  • Touching lives
  • Prayer
  • Organizing and delivering donations to shelters, drop-in centers, schools, or
  • Communicating with above organizations to determine current needs, or
  • Performing clerical or other tasks at various facilities
Is there more than one way to volunteer?
  • Prepare and serve meals and cleanup
  • Take and prepare meeting notes
  • Organize donations
  • Deliver donations
  • Volunteer at various shelters or drop-in centers
  • Help organize educational and awareness events

The following apply to this ministry:

  • Weekday Opportunities
  • Weekend Opportunities
  • Weeknight Opportunities
  • Flexible Schedule
Time Committment: 2-8 hours per month