Silver Lake Fire Station Closed to Those Experiencing Homelessness in Rochester, Minnesota

Over the weekend, the Silver Lake Fire Station was open for the last time to those who are experiencing homelessness in the Rochester, Minnesota community.  The Landing MN, the nonprofit organization that has been serving this population at this location, was moving out due to the lease ending with the City of Rochester.

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Today, we turned off the lights and locked the doors of Silver Lake Station for the last time.
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It is with bated breath that our tenancy at the station has come to an end, a day that has loomed over the heads of all involved in The Landing MN Day Center for months.
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But, we can do hard things…
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So, we went and did hard things.
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As the saying goes, when one fire station closes, a pawn shop opens. Well, something like that. 😉
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We are thrilled to announce The Landing MN will be the proud new owner of the former pawn shop building at Fourth St SE and Third Ave SE. Our doors may be closing temporarily, but we will be back and better than ever as we prepare to re-open our day center in our own building, on our own terms.
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Thank you for your ongoing support over the past 3 and a half years - we wouldn’t be moving these mountains without you. 🙏🏼
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Stay tuned as we share behind the scenes of renovations, updates on all things TLMN, and our adventures around town as we continue to serve our friends facing homelessness. - The Landing MN Facebook Page

See a sneak peek of what the renovation will look like at the old pawn shop below.

The Landing, MN is giving the homeless in Rochester, Minnesota a place to land.

While Rochester, Minnesota is home to the world-famous Mayo Clinic, it is also home to many who are facing homelessness. Thankfully, in 2018, The Landing MN was founded which is a resource-based non-profit organization that assists multiple individuals with fulfilling needs, such as handling medical resources, seeking housing, and obtaining necessities for day-to-day living. Get a glimpse at the impact The Landing, MN is making in the community at the photos below and at their website here.

Two Organizations Are Collaborating to Help Homeless Population in Rochester, Minnesota

After a long search for a new home to serve the homeless population, The Landing MN, has found a new place.  The large space at 426 3rd Ave. SE, which previously was an old pawn shop, will soon begin the process of being renovated to accommodate the organization and the services they provide.

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Until the new space is ready, the organization was on the lookout for a place to go so they could continue to serve and provide care to those without a home in our community. Thankfully, a collaboration of The Landing MN and The Salvation Army has been made while The Landing is themselves, homeless.

“The Salvation Army has always been and continues to be actively engaged in serving those experiencing homelessness.  In addition to our array of other programs. During this transition for The Landing MN, we are happy to help fill the gap and ensure that no important services to this population are interrupted.” - Major Lisa Mueller of The Salvation Army

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What services will be available by The Salvation Army and The Landing MN for those experiencing homelessness?

According to the press release sent, here's a breakdown of what will be provided starting April 25th, 2022 for the next few months while the renovation of the new space for The Landing MN is completed:

  • The Landing MN has moved operations into The Salvation Army Social Services Center at 115 First Avenue NE during building renovations
  • 8am - Doors open and The Salvation Army will provide services as usual.
  • 8am until 4 pm Monday through Friday - Programming will be overseen by staff of both organizations.
  • 4pm - 7pm Monday through Friday - The Landing MN will staff extended hours
  • 8am – 7pm on weekends - free showers, access to a resource room of clothing and
    other basic needs items, and daily served meals will be available.

“The Landing MN is so grateful for the opportunity to partner with multiple agencies in Rochester to create a network of services for the members of our community experiencing homelessness. As our day center services will be discontinued at the Silver Lake Station on April 25, 2022, we are thrilled to be collaborating with The Salvation Army to maintain access to programming while the permanent home for The Landing MN is being purchased and renovated. We look forward to working side by side with our colleagues at The Salvation Army in this effort and many others to come.” - Holly Fifield, Co-Founder of the Landing

A Snapshot of What the New Place for The Landing MN Will Look Like in Rochester, Minnesota

On March 10th, The Landing MN hosted a community forum and revealed the plans for the renovation of the old pawn shop.  Below is what was shared at that meeting with the public.

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We might be full of lakes and "nice" but Minnesota has had its fair share of horrible and nasty weather. Throughout the years we've had floods, fires, storms that have crushed stadium roofs flat, and tornadoes that have destroyed lives.