Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota
Safe Bay overflow shelter at Harbor Light Center

Programs and Services

When hard times hit, make us your first call. No matter what the need – physical, emotional or spiritual – we’re here to help. From meeting your most basic needs to outlining the path to long-term solutions, we can help you overcome the obstacles you face today and provide hope for tomorrow.

Click below to reveal details about each program and service we offer.  Then, call 612-767-3100 to learn more or request help.


Overnight shelter for homeless men and women

This secure shelter offers a safe place to spend the night. The program is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A free hot meal is served at 6 p.m. and warm showers are available.

Emergency housing funded by Hennepin County

The emergency housing program provides up to three balanced meals each day and personal hygiene supplies for men and women who are eligible for county-funded shelter. Case workers provide referrals to subsidized housing, substance abuse recovery and employment services. A medical respite unit is available for those with medical needs.

Other shelter options

Men and women who are employed or seeking employment can live in a supportive environment, where advocates assist residents in finding referrals and community resources. Program fees are payable on a weekly basis.

Transitional housing

Men and women seeking a sober living environment may live at one of our transitional housing facilities in the Twin Cities for up to two years. Residents receive case management and gain independent living experience. Program fees are payable on a monthly basis.

Veterans housing

Twenty of our transitional housing units are set aside for veterans. This program is accessed through the VA Medical Center. Please attend a Front Porch meeting to learn about available Mental Health Homeless Programs or call 612-313-3240 for more information.

Front Porch meetings are Thursday morning (register by 8 a.m.) at the VA Medical Center, One Veterans Drive in Minneapolis, and Monday through Friday mornings (register by 8 a.m.) at the VA Community Resource and Referral Center, 1201 Harmon Place in downtown Minneapolis.

Basic Needs

Spiritual care

The Harbor Light Center is also a church, offering worship services, Sunday school classes and other programs each week. Church programs are open to anyone — church members, clients of Harbor Light Center programs and the public.

Public nutrition/free daily meal

At 6 p.m. daily, we invite any person in need to join us for a nutritionally balanced meal. Harbor Light Center serves more than 1,000 meals to homeless or isolated individuals each day.

Health care

Health care services are available five days a week to men, women and children through the Hennepin County Healthcare for the Homeless Project. This is a critical partnership with Hennepin County resources and is housed on the first floor of the Harbor Light Center. Please call 612-767-3100 ext. 3124 for available dates and times.

Alternative medicine/acupuncture

Alternative medicine solutions are offered free of charge through our partnership with Northwestern Health Sciences University. Please call 612-767-3100 ext. 3164 for available times.

Computer lab

The computer lab offers Harbor Light Center clients and area residents Internet access to expand educational opportunities, increase client employment and employability, and improve communication between clients and their families. Staff and volunteers educate clients on computer usage and assist them in applying their skills through resume building and job searching. The lab can also be used to take college or GED courses online.

Clothing closet

Our clothing closet is open to the public every Friday from 7:30 – 8 a.m. Anyone in need of clothing or shoes is welcome to come and select items. The clothing closet also opens during the week for residents of the shelter and program participants.

Addiction Recovery

Beacon Program

Our chemical dependency program inside the Harbor Light Center serves about 60 men at any given time. Most are homeless, without family support and in need of an extensive, holistic approach to recovery. They start with three weeks of inpatient treatment based on the 12-step model of recovery. Then, they spend about 75 days living at one of two halfway houses: one at Harbor Light, the other at a private home in the northern suburbs.

Beacon is a state-licensed program that stresses relapse prevention, finding and keeping a job, obtaining housing and developing a strong support system. Beacon also offers on-site chemical use assessments to Harbor Light shelter guests and the community.

To learn more or for enrollment information, call 612-767-3100 ext. 3131.