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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



Alexa Dixson-Griggs

Executive Director

Alexa has been working in homeless services since 2015. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. Alexa believes housing is a human right and that everyone deserves a safe place to live, no matter their life circumstances. 

Shelly Kappelhoff

Board Members

Case Manager

Shelly started working in Chemical Dependency and Mental Health services in 2001 at Glenmore Recovery Center. She was a Family Counselor who worked with individuals and families to not only establish sobriety, but bring families together and build supportive and healing relationships. She works with the thought that empathy is a vital component for recovery in addiction and overall mental wellness. 

Rev. Michelle Miller -President

Nancy Capistran -Treasurer

Deb Peterson -Secretary

Bev Brekken

Tom Anderson

Marsha Odom

Amanda Lien


  • 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. 

CALL US: 218-281-2644