Who we are

MoveFwd works to bring families together. Formerly Teens Alone, MoveFwd counselors have worked with more than 7,000 young people and their families since 1990. Our first goal is always to find a way for young people and their families to reconcile. Our counselors work with young people, their parents and their schools to find solutions for families to live together and kids to stay in school. Sometimes, however, the safest thing is to find other housing options for them, and sometimes young people are already homeless when they find their way to Move Fwd. While homelessness is a daunting and growing problem for our young people in the western suburbs, we know from experience that the safety net MoveFwd staff provides empowers them to stay in school and stay connected to their community.

For more than 26 years, we have helped young people land on their feet when things get too hard to face alone. MoveFwd supports homeless and at-risk kids and their families with quick-response, barrier-free, no-cost counseling and case management. We serve young people at the older end of the spectrum with our housing program and drop-in for everyone. 

MoveFwd staff is committed to:

  • Help families stay together or find a way to reunite kids and parents if they’re separated.
  • Help young people find and maintain safe shelter.
  • Help students stay in school.
  • Help families and schools work together to define boundaries for students.
  • Help young people process and cope with tough choices.
  • Help families find hope.

Our services:

Free Counseling:

Call 952/988-TEEN (8336) and we will return your call the next business day to set up a free meeting

Case Management:

MoveFwd staff can help you find a safe place to sleep and connect you to job boards, health care, etc.

Drop-in Center:

  • Open Monday through Thursday, 2:30-5:00.
  • Get food, hygiene items and access to MoveFwd staff four days every week, no appointments needed.
  • Full meals on Wednesdays, with volunteers & staff offering job search help, budget advice, etc.

Housing Program

  • Independent housing options for young people over 18

Donors like you make our work possible. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for helping us help families and schools take care of our community’s young people. Additional funding comes from corporations, foundations, Hennepin County, city governments, the State of Minnesota, civic organizations, faith communities and many staff from the schools we serve.