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
Brian recently came on board as the director of Care and Share. He retired in September of 2018 after a 27 year career with the Crookston Fire Department. He has a Bachelor's Degree in social work, broad work experience and has served on the board of directors for many local organizations. Brian believes that food and shelter are basic human rights and seeks to empower those we serve.
Rev. Michelle Miller -President
Tom Anderson -Treasurer
Deb Peterson -Secretary
Marsha Odom-Vice President
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.