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The Minneapolis Dropin exists to serve all homeless humans, without distinction of race, ethnic origin, native language or religious beliefs, and regardless of drug, alcohol, mental or emotional challenges. The Dropin gives clients the support they need to gain housing if they are capable; and the protection they need if they cannot improve their condition in society. We envision a safe and secure non-overnight environment in which the Minneapolis homeless community can store personal items, participate in activities, clean up, rest and receive career, chemical dependency, and/or mental health counseling.
Thedropin.org was concieved by Matt and Annette Lee, and later with the help of a raft of wonderful volunteers.
Over the holiday break of 2015 my wife and I admitted to each other that we gave out a lot of cash to homeless folks in downtown Minneapolis. We were going through a nasty cold snap and it was the holidays. After a lengthy discussion about whether we made any difference in their lives, were we helping or hurting, we decided we didn't care, we just felt really good for trying to help and give.
We decided to do some analysis and have some conversations with folks about what is really missing, and how we can really help. The unifying theme that we ended up coming up with was that there was little if anything to do during the day for the homeless in downtown Minneapolis.
Thedropin.org is meant as a little step in the right direction, to help folks out during the day, with dignity, respect, with what some homeless folks need, and access to all of the other fantastic resources that are available in the Twin Cities.