What We Do

Our current programs serve Hennepin County and include early intervention, street outreach, shelter, and housing. If you are looking to access services, please visit our Get Help page.


Our Programs
Our Programs
Our Programs

Food Centre and Food Shelf

The Food Centre feeds an average of 170 people per day through a daily lunch meal.  

On Wednesdays, the Shelf of Hope food shelf is open to the community.  

Outreach and Shelter:

Street Outreach works throughout Hennepin County (with a primary focus on Minneapolis) to interact with people living in places not meant for human habitation. They help people navigate the various crises that occur while lacking stable housing and meet people where they are at to address immediate basic needs for safety and survival outside while assisting them in their process towards permanent housing. 


Two locations provide Emergency Shelter for adults. In addition to providing meals, access to showers, and a safe place to sleep, staff assist guests in meeting their long-term goals. Our shelters serve over 1,000 guests each year. 

Chemical and Mental Health Recovery

The Day By Day outpatient treatment program serves people with co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness. Our counseling services at Day by Day also use Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness.  


We offer a range of housing programs that meet households' specific needs: 

  • Rapid ReHousing programs provide services to help families and individuals move quickly from shelter to scattered-site permanent housing. 

  • Permanent Supportive Housing provides long-term, scattered site housing and long-term supportive services for individuals and families; and to long-term units for adults at our 510 building and 61 fully-furnished apartments at Park7 (newly opened in 2020). 

  • Our Prevention programs help households remain stably housed through a range of services from short-term assistance to ongoing case management. 

Community Resources


Holiday Drop-ins on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day 

Next Step Assessors 




Last year (July 2019 - June 2020) St. Stephen's served more than 4,676 total individuals, making up more than 3,152 households:

  • 1,020 known individuals had 4,647 engagements with our Street Outreach Workers

  • 1,132 individuals of all gender identities were provided emergency shelter for at least one night

  • 771 households (including 432 families and 339 single adults) participated in our housing programs

  • 228 households (including 166 families and 62 single adults) received early intervention services



  • 118 people visited our Welcome Center on an average weekday pre-pandemic. After mid-March 2020, an average of 67 people visited per day

  • 24,306 Handbooks of the Streets were distributed

  • 676 households were assisted with obtaining birth certificates from 41 states, territories, and provinces

  • 683 Next Step assessments were completed with Hennepin County families

  • Street Outreach staff had 1,638 engagements with unknown individuals

  • 502 individuals accessed Representative Payee services

  • 358 individuals participated in 26 "A Day in the Life" experiences


Click here for a deeper dive into our Fiscal Year 2020 Impact


Want to learn more? Read more about our work and approach on the "About Us" tab.


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