Changing Lives

Addressing Homelessness In East Central Minnesota

Residents Lives Changed

Since 2012

Calls Inquiring About Service

In 2022

Donations Account For

Of Our Operating Budget

Residents Who Find Permanent Housing

When They Leave Our Program

Coming Soon: APFY Remodel Project!

A Place for Youhammer

As you may be aware, APFY occupies a 110+-year-old building in Pine City. The space was originally donated to the founding board members by Allina Health Care. Over the 10 years of the shelter’s existence, we (staff, residents, board members) have been very grateful for the generosity of Allina Health Care and the ongoing generosity of all our donors that make offering services to those experiencing homelessness just a bit easier.

However, an older building plus an increasing need for services in our service area of Carlton, Pine, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Isanti, and Chisago counties meant that APFY has been searching for a way to reduce maintenance and serve more individuals with a “hand up” to a positive life. Early in the summer of 2021, APFY was alerted to a grant opportunity targeted at the remodeling of existing homeless shelters in MN by Pine County Administrator, David Minke. A collaboration between Pine County, APFY staff, and board members resulted in a Minnesota Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) application for a potential $600,000.00.

On August 9th, 2021 the shelter received word that the application had been approved for $520,000.00. This wonderful project is now in the planning phase with construction tentatively scheduled to start in September of 2022. It is the hope of the APFY board that funding will allow a new roof and HVAC system, 3-4 new rooms, replacement of soft surfaces in the existing shelter to ensure that Covid cleaning protocols continue plus a new kitchen and storage space.

We are beyond excited and look forward to your continued partnership in creating a community without homelessness!

About Us

Providing life changing services since 2012

Our vision is to create a community where there is no homelessness.

A Place For You was established in November of 2012. It is a local non-profit located in Pine City, MN, that provides temporary shelter, personal plan development, resource direction, support, and encouragement. We serve individual men and women facing homelessness who reside in Pine, Kanabec, Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, and Mille Lacs counties.

What We Do
A Place For You helps individual men and women experiencing homelessness in Pine, Kanabec, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Carlton, and Chisago county. We help by providing temporary shelter, individualized program plans, resource direction, support, and encouragement to the residents during and after their stay at the shelter. The program is a 90-day program, so the program plan is very intense to help the residents transition into stable housing within the 90 days.

  • We serve 5 men and 6 women at a time. Resident bedrooms are either single or double occupancy.
  • While they live here, residents have a mailing address for applications and important mail.
Who We Help
A Place For You helps individual men and women, 18 years of age and older, residing in our service area who are homeless. We are the only shelter between the Twin Cities and Duluth for single adults.

Changed Lives

Dorothy Day

"What we would like to do is change the world-make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended for them to do."

Mother Teresa

There is much suffering in the world - physical, material, mental. The suffering of some can be blamed on the greed of others. The material and physical suffering is suffering from hunger, from homelessness, from all kinds of diseases. But the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no one. I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience

Dorothy Day

"What we would like to do is change the world-make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended for them to do."

Dorothy Day

"The works of mercy are the opposite of the works of war, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, nursing the sick, visiting the prisoner. But we are destroying crops, setting fire to entire villages and to the people in them. We are not performing the works of mercy but the works of war."

Did You Know

We are changing lives with the support of people like you!

We've Got Experience

As of November 5, 2021 we have been open for 9 years.

We Make An Impact

In 2021 we served 111 adults.

We've Changed Lives

We have served 722 residents since we opened in 2012.

We Have Positive Outcomes

17% of our residents are employed when they arrive. 48% are employed when they leave.

We Value Our Donoers

Donations account for 42.5% of our operating budget.

We Solve Problems

41% of residents find permanent housing.


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