Sister Justina Violette, the founder of Care & Share, was a woman of deep caring and compassion. During her lifetime she cared for the people of Crookston and the surrounding area by providing assistance with heating, electricity, car repairs, groceries, clothing, and most importantly, friendship and support.
At first, Sr. Justina served those in need through the back door of the Bishop's residence while working as a cook there. Then in 1985, after almost 20 years of ministry to the poor, Father Krebs offered her the use of the former Cathedral School located in downtown Crookston.
Care & Share's doors opened in October of 1986. Now Sister could welcome the people she served at her own front door! But she understood that some people would not want to be seen receiving help, so she extended her hours in order to help as many people as she could.
After a lifetime of making a difference in countless hearts and lives, Sister Justina passed away on September 12, 2001. But her mission lives on in Care & Share, which now consists of a homeless shelter for men, women and families and a soup kitchen. Care and Share of Crookston is continuing to server individuals and families in Crookston and the surrounding communities.
The mission of Care & Share has become increasingly focused on not just helping people find housing, but encouraging strengths and community connections that will help them meet any challenges to their newfound stability, thereby breaking the cycle of homelessness.
Sue Shirek is the executive director of Care and Share of Crookston. She is originally from Warren, Mn. She attended Bemidji State University and the University of North Dakota. She retired from the Grand Forks Police Department in October of 2013, and was hired on as the director in June of 2014.
Care and Share of Crookston also employs a variety of other individuals who work to make our facility a safe, clean and welcoming place for all those who come here needing assistance.
These individuals serve as kitchen manager, cook, security staff,maintenance personnel, and custodian.