More than housing,
a community.

Changing Lives Through Relationships

At 3:11, Housing is where we begin. Home is the place where youth are able to rest, recharge and heal. With mentors as the first point of contact for youth, community is built through weekly house dinners, shared experiences, and daily interactions. Through this process, youth are able to find stability and move forward with their goals for a new future for themselves. It’s a model that feels more like family than a program. Housing is where it starts, but it’s through these connections that youth begin to grow and reach their potential. Through providing housing, building community, and finding stability, 3:11 youth rebuild their circles of support and achieve interdependence.

3:11 - Circles of Support

WHAT WE DO

PROVIDING HOUSING

Housing is the foundation of what we do. We have a vision for a community where all youth have a place to call home.  We provide safe and affordable housing with on-site mentors in their duplex.

BUILDING COMMUNITY

Youth enter a home and become a part of a community. Through reciprocal relationships our youth develop circles of support with both mentors and fellow youth, empowering each other to flourish.

FINDING STABILITY

Our ultimate goal is for our youth to find stability. When a youth is ready to leave a 3:11 house, they graduate to become alumni. Through their circles of support, youths are able to maintain employment, move into independent housing, and pursue their dreams.

How 3:11 Got It’s Start

Jonathan and Lauren VanKeulen started 3:11 in January of 2012 after a young man from their youth group approached them about his struggle with homelessness. In partnership with two young people from the youth group, they began researching and developing a program model that would work best for youth experiencing homelessness in the city. Youth Housing was formed directly from youth input and best practices across the country to become what it is today.

Testimonials

Mentor

“We believe home should be a place to ‘press pause’ on all the demands, pressures, and business of being an adult. Therefore, we try to facilitate our home to be a place of rest and nourishment.”

“Now it’s up to me to push forward on this. How can I eventually have my own housing? How can I eventually have my own transportation? This isn’t just something that you live off of, this is something that you grow and build yourself off of.”

Youth

“I can freely talk to them about anything. we talk, we laugh, and we have the deepest conversations about who we are as people. Being able to talk to them is just phenomenal.”

Youth

“I joined 3:11 in the summer of 2016 and they gave me a room to stay. After my family and friends refused or didn’t have a place to give me, I contacted them and they gave me a place to stay, to sleep.”

Youth

“I give youth the respect to proving to me that they are able to handle living together and being independent. However, if there are any issues/concerns they know I have an open door policy.”

Mentor

Our partners

Working Together, Creating Futures