300 girls in 10 different locations around Duluth are rocking GirlPower these days thanks to the YWCA ... and it's amazing how many ways there are to give back to the program and what a difference a mere $25 can make.
AICHO (American Indian Community Housing Organization) is looking after 175 people at the moment, providing culturally specific help for families and individuals struggling with domestic abuse, homelessness and poverty.
More and more people in the non-Native community are becoming familiar with AICHO, thanks to their exploding presence as a showcase for Native art and artists, and Daryl Olson, a domestic violence/sexual assault training specialist, says the community - Native and non-Native alike, can help the organization by getting involved through attending events and volunteerism.
The Northern Minnesota chapter of the American Red Cross was established in 1915 here in the Northland, and none other than Chester Congdon became the first vice chairman of the organization. That's 101 years of accepting donations of blood and sweat, and drying tears.
Even so, Community Chapter Executive Dan Williams turns down a chance to ask for donations, preferring instead to make an impassioned plea for folks to make sure they have working smoke detectors. And that means replacing units that are over ten years old, not just changing the batteries.
650 kids came through the doors of Life House this year. More than half were homeless and for most of them, it wasn't the first time. And in the 18 months or so since Life House opened Sol House for youth who've been sex trafficked, 12 kids have been sheltered there.
And the numbers keep adding up. There are 140 kids on a waiting list for housing with nowhere to stay, and Life House has big dreams to be able to help them.