ROCHESTER, Minn. - After losing out on a couple hundred thousand dollars when Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the Omnibus Spending Bill, the organization Project Legacy is finding a new way to get consistent funding.
The organization, which helps Rochester area youth in need, is launching a Legacy Partner Program. 'Partners' donate a certain amount of money each month. Project Legacy co-founder Karen Edmonds said these donations can make a tangible difference for the youth it serves.
"All of our young people get financial aid, all of them work, but also all of them are supporting themselves, some of them even supporting their families. So $25 a month means one of our kids is able to take a class they otherwise wouldn't be able to take," she said.
With the organization continuing to grow, it says it's at a 'crossroads.' Right now Project Legacy hosts meeting circles and different programs at its space in the Empowerment Center but its hoping to expand upon this. The group eventually would like to have a house for the youth it serves.
Edmonds said many of the kids can't afford rent or even rent a place in Rochester due factors to generational homelessness and not having a credit history. She said having a youth developmental home can help them better change lives.
"Where young people would have stable housing while preparing for a positive future. Not only would they have stable housing they would be able to take care of a home," she said.
To learn more about the Legacy Partner program, click here.