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Basic Needs

Your investment supports the building blocks for a good life in our community.  

Head of the Lakes United Way works hard at building the long-term future and strength of our community by targeting key issues and conditions that, if improved, will have profound positive and lasting impact on our community for years to come. 

A STRONG NETWORK OF BASIC HUMAN SERVICES - access to food, shelter, clothing and safety - is important to any community.  One never knows when the "unexpected" might occur and the impact that will have on daily living.  Job loss, illness, disaster, layoff - all are factors well beyond our control, but that could affect any of us at any time.  It's good to know that a strong network of support is available if and when we need it.

Local programs at these agencies receive funding from Head of the Lakes United Way.

United Way also invests in the areas of EducationIncome and  Health.

American Red Cross, Northland Chapter

  • Disaster / Emergency Services
    The American Red Cross provides emergency relief to individuals and families affected by disaster.  They also provide education and training to mitigate future disasters.

Center City Housing

  • Transitional Housing
    This program provides affordable transitional and longer term housing at 30% of income for low-income, homeless women and children with intensive supportive services.

Churches United in Ministry

  • Drop-In Center  
    The Drop-In Center provides currently or recurrently homeless guests with basic, life-sustaining services and follow-up support to help them stabilize their lives and achieve greater self-sufficiency.
  • Emergency Shelter
    The Emergency Shelter program provides shelter to homeless individuals and families, supports them in obtaining and maintaining permanent shelter, and helps them identify and address underlying problems/issues that may lead to homelessness.
Damiano Center
  • Soup Kitchen  

    The Soup Kitchen is an on-site meal program that provides free meals to low-income people in Duluth.

  • Kids Café 
    Kids Café is an out-of-school meal, nutrition, education, and activity program that runs year round at Damiano.
  • Social Services  
  • Damiano Social Services is a crisis intervention, assisted referral social service program. People are assisted with their basic, immediate needs.  

  • Clothing Programs
  • The Clothing Exchange is a free clothing store providing clothing and household goods for low-income people in Duluth.  The Clothes That Work program provides professional attire to those who are seeking employment and/or are employed.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) 

DAIP provides safety for women and children, accountability for men, and improvement of the criminal justice response for women who are battered. 


Legal Aid Service of NE MN
This program provides legal assistance to low-income persons in the greater Duluth area in matters involving housing, income, safety, economic, and family security.

Lutheran Social Service

  • Foreclosure Prevention  
    This program provides barrier-free foreclosure prevention counseling, by certified counseling staff, to anyone in our service area having difficulty making mortgage payments, currently delinquent on their mortgage, or in any stage of foreclosure.
  • Bethany Crisis Nursery Bethany Crisis Nursery is an early intervention program service committed to keeping children safe by providing support services to families and emergency care for children during times of family crisis.

Safe Haven Shelter

    • Legal Advocacy
      Intervention program provides support and advocacy to domestic violence victims in our community. They assist victims in receiving protection from abuse through the use of the criminal and civil court processes.

Salvation Army

  • Food Services  

    This program provides a hot lunch Monday through Friday to approximately 75-100 people. The Food Pantry provides a five day supply of food per member of a household and the medical food shelf provides dietary foods for people who are chronically ill, have little or no resources, and are referred by primary health providers. 

  • Emergency Services  

    Provides financial assistance for rents, deposits, utility payments, diapers and formula, prescriptions, clothing, holiday assistance, transportation, and much more.


    Family Transitional Housing
  • This program provides 16 units of furnished housing for one and two parent families with children under 18. Supportive services include case management, budget counseling, activities that address family, social, educational, and employment goals.

  • Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank

    Duluth Food Bank
    This program supports the rescue and distribution of food to non-profit charitable feeding programs and in-need people residing in Greater Duluth.
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