Young Adult Koinonia is a 501c3 nonprofit organized in 2006 in the State of Minnesota that operates primarily in the Twin Cities. It is a community building organization that establishes and funds safe-sober environments, projects and events for young adults. Its first project was a free coffee shop that ran in Dinkytown for three years called “the Hot Spot.” The vision and success of this groundbreaking effort led other organizations to set up similar safe-sober community activities and events at the University of Minnesota. When others came forward to continue the vision of the community coffee shop, we moved to the Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul.
The beginning vision for Frogtown was to purchase a foreclosed house in one of the many decaying neighborhoods and transform it into an efficient “green” house, but that was only the beginning. We now have multiple properties filled with individuals that work directly with Godtown who are dedicated to seeing the neighborhood transformed. All of the the working properties, along with our community garden, become a natural magnet for outreach, bringing hope to area residents. The renovation projects and annual community gardens, creates daily opportunities for people in the neighborhood to connect with volunteers and build relationships. It is sustainable project with a holistic community approach.