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 Halos

Executive Director

Brian recently came on board as the director of Care and Share (January 1, 2020).  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.

Tracy Smith

Case Manager

Tracy joined us in September 2020 and is our Licensed Social worker on staff. She  has experience assisting clients with employment and housing, and looks forward to getting residents working and in  a place they can call home.  "It has been very rewarding helping the residents take on the challenges of their new goals.  Watching them succeed is the  reason I enjoy working with them as their social worker and advocate.." 

Elizabeth Rowan

Case Manager

Elizabeth joins Care and Share with 12 years of experience serving our community with a background in administering Social Service programs and employee management/hiring services. Elizabeth believes strongly in community collaboration and sees the benefits first hand working alongside agencies for the people of Care and Share, Crookston, and surrounding areas. She looks forward to each individual or family finding success now and in their future through teamwork and perseverance.

Board of Directors

Board Members

Tom Anderson-Board Chair

Rev. Michelle Miller-Vice Chair

Marsha Odom-Treasurer

Deb Peterson-Secretary

Amanda Lien-Director

Faye Overgaard-Director

Fr. Vincent Miller-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.