Greater Minnesota Family Services Shelter Care

Willmar, Minnesota 

Director: Teigan Hierlmaier 
Phone: 320-235-3664  
Fax:  320-235-1671

Chief Program Officer: Steve Michaud
Phone: 320-894-6933

Referral Form  |  Welcome Letter | Resident Handbook

Residents Belongings Policy & Video-Drug Awareness

School Schedule  |  Weekend & Holiday Schedule |  Summer Weekday Schedule


What is Shelter Care?

  • Shelter Care and Group Home Setting 
  • Licensed by the State of Minnesota 
  • Program Capacity: 13 - 17  
  • Population Served: Boys and Girls ages 9-17  
  • Staff to resident ratio is 1 staff to 6 youth for ages 9-11; 1 staff to 8 youth for ages 12-17


Shelter Care provides crisis shelter for youth at a crucial time in their lives.  Youth are involved in individual and group therapy.  Shelter Care has a two-level system to improve social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes.

Located on a beautiful five-acre parcel of land just outside of Willmar, MN, surrounded by wetlands, our Shelter Care is a perfect location for helping to make a lasting difference in young people’s lives in times of crisis or transition.


Shelter Care Services Available

  • Placements that range from 1 to 6 months 
  • Licensed Clinical Therapist on Staff 
  • Registered Nurse on Staff
  • Discharge Planning with Family, Referring Worker and Shelter staff 
  • After Care Support with Home Based Counseling/Community Support Services and Parenting Education that are available during and after placement

Additional Therapeutic Services Available

  • Diagnostic Assessments and Treatment Planning 
  • Group and Individual Skills Counseling Sessions 
  • Individual, Group, Family Therapy


The program at Shelter Care is carried out in every part of daily experience and activity with the focus on social skills education on an individual and group basis. By increasing a youth’s social skills, self-esteem and self-awareness increase, which in turn helps young people learn how to manage their own behaviors. Our consistent, predictable structure helps young people feel safe as they move toward reunification with their families or toward a new environment and adulthood.