About Us

We believe in a world where everyone deserves a safe place to sleep every night.

The homelessness crisis is massive. But together, we can solve it. We are a collective of data scientists, engineers and product owners working together to develop solutions to end homelessness in the twin cities and worldwide.

Join our community of monthly givers, to provide safe and stable housing for families around the world every month.  For questions about donating, please contact donations@watsonfamily.foundation.

Programs

Emergency Family Shelter

For women-led families and young adults experiencing extreme poverty and homelessness we provide emergency shelter that includes private family bedrooms and shared bathrooms, as well as personal care items, clothing and basic necessities

Supportive Housing

We provide a safe and structured environment in which women can stabilize, heal and work to overcome their barriers – chemical dependency, mental health issues, histories of abuse, homelessness, incarceration, etc. – and progress toward a future filled with opportunity.

Post Hospital Discharge

Upon being discharged patients are picked up from the hospital and transported to one of our housing facilities. We have partnerships with a variety of transportation providers in the metro area that allow us to meet a variety of transportation needs.

International

Every community is different and our mission internationally is to build partnerships that create community development through the support of projects involving housing, access to affordable healthcare and education.

We work with partner organizations to help solve the world’s most challenging problems.

But some of our best resources in the fight against extreme poverty, disease, and educational inequity are the individuals who take action in their own communities.

Black Lives Matter.

The Watson Family Foundation stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues, clients, and partners.

Message From Our Founder

ABOVE ALL, WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Mario Watson

Founder, Chairman and CEO

I have been blessed.

I have been presented with an opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with a team of dynamic individuals. Our mission is clear: To provide men, women and children in crisis or transition with a stable environment and the opportunity to explore options for their future.

We build with each other.

We believe that together we are worth far more than the sum of our individual parts. We are a group of product owners, engineers and data scientists from all over the globe who believe it is our duty to use the gifts we have been individually given to collectively serve mankind. Our goal is to build a bridge to hope, dignity and life.

We believe in the process.

Our mission is grand, but we will not allow it to dissuade us. Using agile methodologies along with the collective impact model we are able to build and develop solutions to enhance our communities. We find ways to help those facing all levels of homeless through our programs. There are people with us today –– who would not be here without our efforts –– because hope breeds possibility.

We have witnessed miracles.

We have helped numerous individuals recapture their quality of life. We have seen a homeless young adult get the support they needed while attending college. We have watched pain-ridden individuals return to fulfilling lives with family, friends, passion and love.

We will provide hope. We will provide dignity. We will provide life.

Have we saved them all? No. Have we changed the course of their lives and given them moments of grace that they otherwise would not have had? Yes. Have they changed the course of our lives? Definitely. You cannot witness human suffering and loss without being deeply moved. So, we will continue to work on behalf of our communities and join together to fulfill their needs. We will provide hope. We will provide dignity. We will change the face of homelessness. We have collectively summoned our will and it is inevitable.

Please join us in building a bridge to hope, dignity and life for those with no place to call home.

We’re here for you.

Contact Us

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