Bar None ShelterPlus

Enhanced shelter services for youth

Bar None ShelterPlus Residential Services offers hope and a comprehensive array of effective children’s shelter-care services on the Bar None campus. Bar None has a 24-bed capacity and offers same-day intake.

These services are individualized, culturally affirmative, and designed to provide trauma-informed care to both male and female youth.  Bar None utilizes the ARISE Life Skills Curriculum and offers evidence-based skills groups. Norris Lake is specifically designed to connect with disengaged, at-risk youth, helping them prepare for successful transition. 

"I wanted to thank you and the staff at Bar None for being so supportive to the resident during these five long months. I appreciate your communication with me and flexibility surrounding his circumstances. After over 20 placements in less than three years, he matured greatly at your facility. Thank you for all that you guys do for children. It does not go unnoticed!"

—Social Worker

During the COVID-19 pandemic the health and well-being of the people we serve and our staff is our highest priority.

We continue to accept intakes, and follow all precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. As part of these precautions, we offer COVID screening at intake and provide onsite testing as needed.


22426 St. Francis Boulevard Nowthen, Minnesota 55303

General phone: 763-753-2500

Office hours

Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Residential setting provides services 24-hours per day, 7-days per week, 365 days per year


Males and Females ages of 12-17.


Funding for the shelter program is solely through county social services/corrections screening and approval.

How we help

The primary goal of Bar None ShelterPlus is to help youth prepare for successful transition back into community. 

Youth at Bar None will develop foundational skills and maintenance in:

  • Safety and Life Skills
  • Emotion Regulation Skills
  • Pro-social and Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Communication and Empathy Skills

Bar None ShelterPlus

Short Term Stabilization and Enhanced Services

  • Trauma informed environment
  • Safe and supportive temporary living
  • Stabilization of behavior
  • Life skill development

ShelterPlus Services We Provide

  • Behavioral Assessment
  • Baseline Assessments
  • Community-based recreational opportunities
  • Discharge planning
  • Nursing level medical screening
  • On-site education/school
  • Placement recommendations
  • Skills coaching
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nursing

Additional Coordinated Services Available

• Ancillary services available include Psychiatric Medication Management, Diagnostic Assessments and Psychosexual Evaluations.

“It is impossible to express in a few words how we feel about the changes in our son and our family since the Bar None experience. It saved our son’s life.”

—Anonymous parents
For referrals and more information, contact Sara Ellis — Intake Coordinator
Phone: 763-252-4541
Fax: 888-965-5125