New maternity home for homeless, at-risk mothers opens on the Iron Range

Published: Jun. 3, 2022 at 5:58 PM CDT
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HIBBING, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) - Homeless or at-risk mothers on the Iron Range now have a new place to stay after a push from the community to bring a maternity home to Hibbing.

Kim Fagen said she felt a call to help expecting mothers when she was on a walk a few months ago.

So, she called some other community leaders who happened to be in the planning process to open a maternity home on the Iron Range.

“I just happened to have a background in non-profit, for-profit housing with the homelessness,” Fagen said. “So they offered me the program management job, and I stepped up and stepped in.”

The home, called Star of the North, provides housing and resources for expecting mothers and women with infant children.

They take in homeless mothers, those fleeing domestic abuse or dealing with an unstable housing situation.

Fagen said there was a strong need for a service like this on the Iron Range.

“There was many pregnant women in the homeless shelters,” said Fagen. “There were moms who wanted to be reunited with their families, which aligned really nicely with our program.”

Cathy Timmerman is a community advocate who saw this need and helped to get the Iron Range community connected with Star of the North’s services.

She visited the Twin Ports location after hearing about their work and asked if it would be possible to establish a home in Hibbing.

“They were very cooperative, and we’ve worked together as partners ever since,” said Timmerman.

She said the support they’ve received from the community has been overwhelming, and their mission continues to motivate them all.

“If we can make our community strong, and the members of the community strong,” said Timmerman. “Families that can know they are loved and supported, I think it does much for society as a whole.”

The home, a separate location from their office, has six apartment-style units, so they are able to house mothers with more than one child.

Mothers who are hoping to reunite with their children are also welcome in the home.

They are already hosting their first mom and child and looking forward to seeing what more they are able to do for the community.

“It’s amazing,” Fagen said. It’s amazing to watch the mom grow.”

Leaders are also working to create a community drop-in childcare center at the Star of the North’s office to help service the community’s needs.

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