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Our History

MoveFwd was originally named Teens Alone. It was founded in 1990 as the brainchild of local high school social workers who were concerned about increases in the numbers of teens who had nowhere to sleep at night or who needed counseling beyond what the school could provide. Local schools, police and concerned citizens put their heads together to establish Teens Alone.

MoveFwd now offers counseling to teens in 18 different middle and high schools in four west suburban districts. After years of advocacy for suburban needs, 2014 was a breakthrough year as MoveFwd began directly providing transitional housing and drop-in center services for suburban homeless youth. Both programs are growing to meet pent-up community need.

Our original offices were located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, MN. We outgrew our space at about the same time our landlord found a new tenant and we moved to our new offices in the Eisenhower Community Center on Highway 7 in 2015. We love our location because it’s at the heart of the area we serve, it’s close to bus lines and places where young people work and offers plenty of sunny spaces for all of our MoveFwd programs. MoveFwd is able to keep overhead costs low thanks, in part, to the in-kind donation from the Hopkins School District, which provides this space rent-free to our organization.

Overall, MoveFwd services help struggling young people re-stabilize and build strengths so that they can stay in school, persist through difficult circumstances, and remain safe and sheltered as they work toward adult stability and success.

 

Mission & Vision

MoveFwd works to ensure that every teen and young adult is safely housed and working towards their educational goals. MoveFwd will provide accessible, responsive counseling that helps teens and young adults find hope for improving relationships, discover housing solutions and work towards a bright future. We will be a collaborative community leader in providing safe housing for teens and young adults.

MoveFwd is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Your donations are tax-deductible.