Emergency Shelter in Dakota County

Emergency Shelter in Dakota County

We are working with Matrix Housing Services and others in our county to provide emergency temporary shelter from November through March. The temporary shelter will rotate among secure locations, house up to 50 single adults each night, and include dinner and some emergency supplies.

We need your help! Please prayerfully consider how you might help.


Serve Dinner at the Shelter

As a group. Do you have family, friends, neighbors, or a small group to serve with you? If you have a group of at least 6 adults (kids are welcome too), you’re invited to prepare a meal for 60 people, serve it at 7:00 pm, and clean up afterwards. Click here to sign up.

As individuals. Would you like to work with others from Shepherd of the Valley? We have volunteer leaders and dates already selected. All you need to do is sign up to supply food, serve, or both! Click here to sign up.

Be a Shelter Aid in the Evening or Overnight

Evening shelter aids are at the shelter 5:45 - 10:00 pm to help open the shelter, check-in guests, distribute supplies, visit with guests, and assist staff with cleaning and other duties. Overnight shelter aids are at the shelter 10:00 pm to 8:00 am to help staff with setting out breakfast, waking guests, doing laundry and other cleaning, and closing the shelter. There is typically time to sleep during the overnight shift. All people interested in volunteering as a shelter aid must pass a background check and attend a volunteer training.

Click here to sign up for training.
Once you’ve completed these, you can sign up for shifts. Click here to sign up for shifts.

Donate Shelter Supplies

Items needed will change throughout the winter. Click here to see current needs.

Offer Financial Support

It will cost $1300/day to operate the shelter. 

Click here to donate. Once on this webpage, please select "Misc Benev. (Desc. Required)" and in the asterisk field, please type in "Emergency Shelter".

To learn more:

·         Contact Lisa Hegerman at 952-985-7329

·         Follow the Matrix Facebook page

·         Visit the Matrix website at www.matrixhousingservices.org