Caring & Sharing

For the month of December KUMD brings you Caring & Sharing, a series connecting you with non-profit organizations making a difference in the Northland. Learn about help that is available to our community all year long and how you can help this holiday season.

Catch Caring & Sharing on Northland Morning every Tuesday and Thursday at 8am throughout the month.

Two weeks before Christmas, 22 women and 25 children slept at Safe Haven Shelter.

Safe Haven's 39-bed shelter is overflowing, and as the largest direct service provider to domestic violence victims in the Twin Ports, runs at about 92% capacity all year long.

But beyond the toys and presents the community and Safe Haven are able to provide, what these families need more than anything is emotional support - "the greatest gift."

Finishing School/ Because We Forget, 2004/Flickr

Hats.  Gloves.  Warm socks.

Oh, and maybe a tip to check in with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans in Duluth.

For everything they give to homeless veterans and those in crisis, that's all MACV wants for Christmas.

Anthony Hernandez. Used with permission.

It's a tiny little building on East Second Street; 14 by 36 feet. 

But the All Nations Indigenous Center is thinking outside their 500 square foot box.  From their tiny headquarters, they're busily:

PAVSA's not going it alone any more.

Candy Harshner, the executive director of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault, says she knew that for sure this week.

A patrol officer told her that he knows, now, when he meets someone who's been sexually assaulted, the first thing he says to that person will either help them begin their healing journey or make it make it worse for them.

Imagine it: you get sick with breast cancer and you can't work.  Maybe you lose your insurance. Meanwhile, your bills are piling up because you can't work and there's no insurance paying for your medical treatment.It's a vicious circle.

The Minnesota Autism Center had been operating in Duluth for almost a decade, offering in-home care only and struggling to connect with people who needed them.