Our History


Jim Christmas

North Homes Children and Family Services is a private, non-profit agency that provides comprehensive mental health services to children and families across Northern Minnesota.  North Homes was first imagined in the 1980's when Jim Christmas, Founder and CEO, noticed a gap in services for youth in the northland.  He saw that most children at this time were being sent out of the area for needed services, adding costs to and stress on families.  It was his vision to start an organization that would support keeping families together and youth connected to their community.  Since our founding in 1990, we've grown from one residential group home in Grand Rapids to offering 30 unique services - serving over 4,700 children and families, and employing over 260 staff.  

Our mission is to provide a Community-Based Continuum of Quality Care to Children and Families.

Toll Free (888) 430-3055, Grand Rapids (218) 327-3000, Bemidji (218) 751-0282, Duluth (218) 733-3000, Grand Rapids Outpatient Building (218) 999-9908

Our offices are located in: Grand Rapids, Bemidji, Duluth and Deer River