Duluth, MN Finding out you’re having a baby should be a joyous and exciting time. But, for many
moms-to-be, it can be frightening and overwhelming when you are facing it alone. Especially, when
you are homeless or don’t have secure housing. Star of the North Maternity Home was opened 3
years ago in the Twin Ports, after a 2018 Community feasibility study showed there was a need for
housing in the region. Since inception, SON Twin Ports has served over 20 women and their babies.
Fast forward to early 2021, we were contacted by community leaders from the Iron Range, inquiring
about possibly opening a second location. We once again conducted a community feasibility study
and confirmed the need on the Iron Range.
That is why the Star of the North Maternity Home is excited to announce the opening of a second
home on the Iron Range, located in Hibbing, MN.
“This expansion of a second home comes at a great time of need on the Iron Range.” states Sue
McClernon, Ph.D, Executive Director. “Our home in the Twin Ports has had more inquiries from
women in need than we can handle, we are seeing the same trend on the Iron Range and we are
committed to helping fill that void—nothing is more important than helping moms and babies at this
time in their life.”
Expecting women and women with infants are welcome to stay in the home for up to 18 months. The
home includes a four-phase program, onsite education along with working with many community
agencies that support the well-being of mom and baby. SON provides not only shelter, but
programming to support mom into becoming a good parent and self-sufficient.
The programming and home-like model will be similar to the Twin Ports, but with a twist. The home
will include apartment-style living so moms with other children, or plans to reunify with their children,
will be served. There is also an educational space for day programming to include other pregnant
women who need support, but currently have access to stable housing.
The other shortage on the Iron Range is childcare, thus SON is also planning on opening up a
community space that will house a drop off childcare center. This will not only generate revenue for
the programming, but also will provide job skills and income for our moms, as well as provide
childcare for the community.
Many existing organizations that support moms and babies on the Iron Range. including government
and non-profits in the region, supported the concept of opening another Star of the North Maternity
Home. A special thank you goes to the local leadership of Cathy Timmerman, Nancy Hyduke and
Pastor John and Julie Krhin for really driving this important mission. Many other generous community
leaders, churches, businesses and private donations have been received to allow the maternity home
to open in mid-March, with additional programming to follow in the coming months.
Kimberly Fagan has been selected to serve as the SON Maternity Home Iron Range Program
Any women who are in need of support, should contact Star of the North Maternity Home
today at www.starofthenorthmaternityhome.org or by calling 218-206-1931.
Together for Life Northland (TFLN) has been collaborating with our regional Culture of Life Northland organizations since 2010. As we work to serve organizations who save babies and assist their mothers, the TFLN Collaborative identified a need for a Christian-based housing program for homeless pregnant women.
⇒ Duluth, Minnesota pregnant women do not all have a safe place they can call home and often are on a waiting list for residential housing on average for 18 months.
⇒ Referrals to the maternity home have come from pro-life street ministries, regional pregnancy resource centers and agencies, Young Women’s Supportive Housing, local homeless transitional housing services and government agencies. In our first year, we had 42 applicants.
TFLN opened the Star of the North Maternity Home as loving and stable Christian family-like supportive housing available for four homeless pregnant mothers and/or their babies with the focus of moving them to self sufficiency. This vision has come to reality with the support of all our existing TFLN partners as we promote a program which includes education about healthy relationships, nutrition, adoption or positive parenting, a strong Christian spiritual faith life, a good self-image and empowerment for mothers and fathers. The home serves women age 21+ in NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin, with the average length of stay of six months.
Funding for the Star of the North Maternity Home has come from fundraisers, grants, capital campaign, individual and Church donations. Together for Life Northland is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and as such, donations are tax deductible. Our Annual Campaign Goal to continue serving moms and babies in the Northland in 2022 is $150,000.