LSS launches new program at annual homeless awareness luncheon

By KBJR News 1

May 8, 2014 Updated May 8, 2014 at 9:37 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Lutheran Social Service raised more than 90-thousand dollars to help homeless youth in the Twin Ports Thursday afternoon.

Crowds packed the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth for the Lutheran Social Service Homeless Youth Luncheon.

The event, now in its fifth year, aims to shine light on the on-going problem of youth homelessness.

Two people who were once homeless spoke about the challenges they overcame with the help of L-S-S programs.

LSS leaders say they are doing all they can to make sure homelessness is not a silent problem.

"Every night in our community, we have up to 150 homeless youth, which is a lot and that's not to say that you see 150 kids out walking on the street. They're couch surfing, staying in their cars staying under bridges, they're doing what they can to survive. This is just phenomenal to have this may people here showing their support," said Linnea Stephan, Lutheran Social Service.

In 2014, the non-profit launched the "Another Door" program.
Two additional emergency beds have been added for people ages 18-24.