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Care and Share Center of Crookston, Inc. is a regional shelter that provides hospitality, support services, and hope to those in need. 

  • basic needs in a welcoming and safe environment

  • strength-based supportive services that offer hope and empowerment for growth

  • help in finding housing and making community connections  

  • opportunities to develop physical and emotional wellness



Executive Director

Jane Freemon

Case Manager

Kayla Waslaski

Leah Oakes

Board of Directors

Board Members

Tom Anderson-Board Chair

Andrew Larson-Vice Chair

Kari Brault-Treasurer

Deb Peterson-Secretary

Allen Dragseth- Director

Faye Overgaard-Director

Mary Wiskurbuss- Director

Rev. Jeff Brown- Director



  • Sister Justina Violette, the founder of Care & Share, was a woman of deep caring and compassion. During her lifetime she cared for the people of Crookston and the surrounding area by providing assistance with heating, electricity, car repairs, groceries, clothing, and most importantly, friendship and support.

  • At First, Sr. Justina served those in need through the back door of the Bishop’s resident while working as a cook there. Then in 1985, after almost 20 years of ministry to the poor, Father Krebs offered her the use of the former Cathedral School located in downtown Crookston. 

  • Care & Share’s doors opened in October of 1986. Now, Sister could welcome the people she served at her own front door! However, she understood that some people would not want to be seen receiving help, so she extended her hours in order to help as many people as she could.

  • After a lifetime of making a difference in countless hearts and lives, Sister Justina passed away on September 12, 2001. Her mission lives on in Care & Share, which now consists of a homeless shelter for men, women, families, and a soup kitchen. Care and Share of Crookston continues to serve individuals and families in Crookston and the surrounding communities. 

  • The mission of Care and Share of Crookston has become increasingly focused on not just helping people find housing, but encouraging strengths and community connections that will help them meet any challenges to their newfound stability, thereby breaking the cycle of homelessness. 

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