Mission & History

AP OldOur mission is to provide women in crisis or transition with a stable environment and the opportunity to explore options for their future.

Our story begins with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  For decades they served Ascension church and lived in what is now Ascension Place’s transitional housing for women.  In the late 1970s, as they prepared to move to St. Paul, MN they created a residence for women in transition and crisis.  On October 15, 1981, Ascension Place was officially incorporated as a nonprofit.  No longer connected to any religious entity, Ascension Place chose to keep the name of their founders – the inspiring women who first opened their doors to other women in need.

In the 1980s families began experiencing homelessness at an alarming rate in the United States, which continues today. As we considered how we might join others to address this housing crisis we were gifted the former convent of St. Anne’s church and on April 2, 1990 St. Anne’s Place welcomed its first family seeking shelter.

For the next twenty years, dedicated staff, volunteers, donors and community partners supported the work of Ascension Place and St. Anne’s Place.  In 2011, we opened Next Step Housing (now part of Supportive Housing Services), a permanent supportive apartment complex for alumnae of Ascension Place, Inc. Lastly, in 2013, we added Supportive Housing Services to help locate housing, negotiate with landlords and prevent reoccurring homelessness.

From housing 27 women our first year, we have grown to serve over 500 women and children each year.