St. Andrew's Family Shelter

St. Andrew's Family Shelter

Shelter Update

Due to health and safety restrictions, the shelter will NOT need in-person volunteers.  You can can help support this ministry by food shopping or preparing meals and then dropping them off at the Hugo shelter.
Information regarding providing meals:
  • Meals are needed for a 1 family, one staff and one permanent overnight volunteer
  • Meals can be
    prepared at home and delivered hot (DELIVERED BETWEEN 5-5:30PM)

    ingredients for the staff to prepare (DELIVERED BY 3:30 PM)
    frozen meals that the staff prepares (DELIVERED THE DAY BEFORE)
    restaurant meals (i.e. a tube of KFC and fixings, pizza, etc)
    gift cards for staff to shop for ingredients
  • There is a table outside the first door to place your meal; ring the doorbell to let staff know the food has been delivered
  • If someone wants to provide lunch or breakfast items, here is a list to choose from:
    frozen waffles, poptarts, breakfast bars, country crock butter, muffins, bacon, eggs, spinach, tomatoes, lunch meat (small package), cheese (small package), pot pies (1 serving), canned soup (family-sized), jelly/jam, peanut butter, salad (small bag), bottle of dressing (small, Ranch is a favorie), chips (personal-size bags), twinkies, ho-hos, Little Debbies
  • Sign up for a meal at this meal train link.

Please contact Julie McCarthy with any questions at [email protected] or 651-328-4779.

More information regarding the reopening from Carrin, Director of Operations for the Hugo Family Shelter: 
  • We are asking for meals instead of volunteers at this time to keep everyone healthy.  (Because the Resource Center at St. Andrew's isn't open during the day, all families will have to stay at the house.  This is extra staffing, so the help with food is so appreciated!)
  • We are starting with one family, in 10 days or so we will add another, and then a third after that
  • Our upstairs has been converted into "apartments" so families have a bedroom and living space (including dining area)
  • Meals will be brought upstairs and left on carts outside of rooms
  • Bringing meals is a fun way for more people to get involved.  Those who maybe didn't feel comfortable coming to a "shelter" might feel okay about bringing a meal
  • Meal Train account has been set up so everyone can see what meals have already been made for that week
  • Even though we are focusing on dinners, one option to involve more people is for one or two volunteers to take  all the breakfasts or lunches (frozen waffles, cereal, OJ, loaf of bread lunch meats etc) 
  • Snacks? cheese sticks, meat sticks, apples, tangerines, crackers,...
  • All deliveries to the shelter will be contact free. There will be a cart or table set up outside to place your donation and then you can ring the doorbell to let staff know your donation has arrived.
Thank you for your continued support of this important ministry! 
Shelter News dated April 3, 2021:

Hello Everyone, We have 2 families here right now. A mom with a 12-year-old son, and a mom with a 10-year-old daughter. Here are some details: We can always use individual cereals ALWAYS check on the Sunday slot, it tells you if the week is open to the community or if a church or community group has claimed that week Having said that. . . I see some empty spaces coming up and you can always bring a meal even if it is open Fruit, Beef Sticks, Cheese sticks, Gold fish...all great snacks. Breakfast bears still appreciated

Shelter News dated February 17, 2021:
  1. Erik continues to be our permanent overnight volunteer
  2. We have a mom and son with us right now.  They are not picky eaters at all and have loved everything our partners have been bringing.
  3. It looks like there may be another family on the horizon, as always I will let you know before your week, how many are at the shelter.
I am going to include some info below on the state of homelessness as I understand it.
  • There is still a moratorium on eviction, which means people are not allowed to be evicted for non payment of rent.  
    • This does NOT mean, rent is waived or reduced during this time  
    • What does this mean: We expect a tsunami of homelessness when the moratorium is lifted. 
  • Washington County and Ramsey County have state and federal money right now earmarked towards keeping people housed during the pandemic.
    • Fear 
    • Stigma of being in a shelter
    • Freedom.  When you are at our shelter you are in a "program" and we ask that you are working that program to help move you from homelesness to a place where you can have tools to be permanently housed.  A hotel, is just a hotel
    • This means a lot of families who would be using our shelters have hotel stays available to them
    • Why stay at a hotel instead of  our shelter?
    • Fear 
    • Stigma of being in a shelter
    • Freedom.  When you are at our shelter you are in a "program" and we ask that you are working that program to help move you from homelesness to a place where you can have tools to be permanently housed.  A hotel, is just a hotel

View pictures and details about the reopening plan:




It takes about $8,200 a month to operate and staff the shelter.  Support the shelter financially by donating through our online giving. 

Read past updates about St. Andrew's Family Shelter:

November 17, 2019 flyer
October 7, 2018 flyer
May 12, 2018 flyer



Read about the History of St. Andrew's Family Shelter:
June 14, 2018 article in the Pioneer Press