Background

  • Approximately 50 single adults who experience homelessness were served through April 1st at various sites throughout Dakota County, including Easter by the Lake
  • You can serve at any of the locations as it rotates through the various sites
  • Follow shelter updates via Matrix’s Facebook page

How to Help Make the Shelter a Success

  • Prepare and Help Serve Dinner at the Shelter
    There are two ways to help at the meals:
    Biggest need is meal prep Monday-Thursday:  (link will be provided Fall 2019)
    Or sign up to provide food, prep-work, cooking and serving: (link will be provided Fall 2019)
  • Donate Specific Food Items and Quantities
    Matrix is requesting some food for the shelter guests. We appreciate your generosity! Due to lack of storage space, please respect the quantities requested. Check back every few days as the needs may be changing (link will be provided Fall 2019)
  • Donate Shelter Supplies
    If you or your group are interested in donating supplies for the shelter (link will be provided Fall 2019). That site also includes information about where and when you can drop off supplies. Please check this site regularly because it will be updated as needs change throughout the winter.
  • Shelter Aid
    Help staff prepare for opening, assist with guest check-in, visit with guests, distribute supplies, assist staff with cleaning and other duties. (link will be provided Fall 2019)
  • Laundry Squad
    Laundry squad volunteer instructions: Pick up laundry at the shelter between 7:15 and 8:00 am on the date for which you have signed up. Wash, dry, and fold the laundry. Return the laundry within two days during regular shelter hours (6:00 p.m – 8:00 a.m.) At pick up you will receive bags of laundry to be washed, and plastic bins for returning the clean folded laundry. (link will be provided Fall 2019)
  • Shelter Moving Crew
    Volunteers will pack up all shelter supplies and help move them to the next location. We will have a large truck available for each move. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring pickups, minivans, and SUVs if available. (link will be provided Fall 2019)