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The Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) recommends these resources on a variety of health care topics.

Children/Youth

Children/Youth

  • Crisis Nursery works in partnership with parents in crisis and the community to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Crisis Helpline 763-591-0100.
  • Early Childhood Intervention Team (348-TOTS) offers help to children under six with special needs by providing a team of social workers, public health nurses and community health specialists will provide assessment, referrals, resources and consultation to help connect you to family focus therapeutic services, home visiting programs, social service needs assessments, public health nursing, interagency early intervention services, new parent family support, preschool day treatment referrals, developmental screening, mental health screening and respite care.
  • Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is made up of participating school districts that collaborate to promote Early Childhood Family Education through the development of unified, quality marketing materials and resources. Search for Program
  • Freeport West, Inc. supports the efforts of families and communities to create environments where all children thrive through community housing, youth services & community connection, youth education & development, and streetworks & community outreach.
  • Head Start empowers communities as a united voice in speaking and acting on issues affecting low-income children (birth to 5) and families including nutrition, school readiness, medical and dental health and parenting support; provides a list of Head Start programs in Minnesota. 612-377-7422 (Hennepin) or 651-603-5977 (Ramsey) you live in another county. Find your agency and contact here.
  • New Families Center serves families whose home language is any language other than English. There are Somali and Spanish speakers on staff. The Student Placement Center typically serves English speaking families, and there is a Hmong speaker at this location to provide English assessment and school placement for families whose home language is Hmong.
  • Parents Know provides trusted parenting information, resources and activities to help your children grow, develop, and learn from birth through high school.
  • Way to Grow empowers parents to be their children’s first and foremost teachers. Working with the Twin Cities’ most isolated families, their goal is to ensure every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and life.
  • Cribsites Pack’n’Play Program via Cradle of Hope offers pregnant women and babies under three months old the possibility of applying for a crib. Applications must be submitted through an agency. Contact Cradle of Hope for applications. 651-636-0637
  • Cradle of Hope – Motherhood Fund is a non-profit organization that offers one-time financial assistance to pregnant women and to women with infants younger than three months, who are ineligible for assistance from other resources and need immediate help with maternity related expenses. Must live in Minnesota. 651-636-0637
  • Child Care Financial Aid helps parents, providers and employers plan how to pay for child care, get information about child care quality, find employer information about child care benefits, and learn about grants, scholarships and more. 
  • Minnesota Kinship Caregivers Association (MKCA) advocates for and supports/ provides information, support groups, links to other resources and legal help to people raising their grandchildren or children of other kin and friends. 651-917-4640
  • Pillsbury United Communities works to create choice, change and connection for people from all walks of life. With multiple locations in Minneapolis' inner city neighborhoods – including four neighborhood centers and a professional live theatre – Pillsbury United Communities is positioned to address the complicated issues and concerns faced by the more than 50,000 people who walk through the doors each year. Focus areas: early childhood development, youth and teen development, adult education and skill development, civic engagement, essential resources, and wellness. 612-302-3400
  • Mount Olive Lutheran Church offers outreach programs that include tutoring students in grades two through six once a week followed by activity and a snack, diapers at a low cost to struggling Minneapolis residents, Jobs After School (JAS) program to give kids aged nine through 14 simple jobs under adult supervision, and community meals. 612-827-5919

Somali 

Clothing

Clothing

  • ARC's Value Village A low cost thrift store that sells used clothes and other household items.  No ID or referrals required
  • Basilica of St. Mary's Provides thrift store vouchers for clothing and housewares, and some limited furniture referrals. Vouchers for shoes also available on Monday and Saturday. Some services limited by zip code. All services limited to one time every 12 months. Bring picture ID and proof of residency.
  • Birthright Free maternity and newborn baby/toddler clothing. Coupons for diapers & wipes, baby formula & food.  Free clothing closet open to any MN resident. Other services available for Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and Champlin residents. Bring ID. Maximum two visits per month.
  • Central Lutheran Church Free clothing. Coats and small household items sometimes available. Other services including a hot meal available throughout the week. Enter on 14th St.
  • Cornerstone Ministries Low cost clothing, toys, small household items, and laundry and hygiene supplies.Prices $.25-$2. 
  • Dignity Center Provides clothing vouchers for use at the Steeple People Surplus Store (Near Franklin & Lyndale). No ID or referral needed.
  • Division of Indian Works Greater Mpls Council of Churches Free clothing. Availability depends on donations, so call ahead. No ID or referral required.
  • From Me To You Clothing for adults and children specifically focused on adults returning to the workforce. Also can provide coaching on job interviewing and resumes. Prefer a referral or small donation ($5), but no one is turned away.
  • Marie Sandvik Center Free clothing and a meal offered after every service. Must attend church service before receiving clothes. No referral or ID needed. 
  • Martha’s Closet Free interview and work clothing for women including clothing, shoes, personal items, and sometimes pantyhose and coats. Need a referral from a social service worker. Max of two visits per year.
  • Northside Life Care Center Free baby clothes for children up to size 6T/age 24 months and free maternity clothing (max of three visits every month). Free diapers and formula (max of one visit every 6 months). No referral, but bring IDs for yourself and the child and proof of address (go by zip code).
  • Oak Park Neighborhood Center Free clothing for adults and children.  No ID or referral required. Call 612-377-7000 for more information.
  • Pillsbury House Free clothing for adults and children. No referral or ID required. 
  • Ready For Success Free clothing and accessories for men and women returning to work. Referral required. Call for appointments.
  • Sabathani Community Center Free clothing. No referral required.
  • Salvation Army Low-cost clothing, household goods, and furniture. Items vary depending on donations. Several other locations throughout the metro.
  • Sharing and Caring Hands (Mary Jo’s) Free clothing for all ages and occasion. Bring ID. No referral required. M-Th 10am-4pm, Sa/Su 9am-6pm
  • St. Vincent De Paul - Low cost clothing, household items, and furniture. Items vary depending on donations. No ID required. 
  • Steeple People Surplus - Thrift store prices on clothing, furniture, and other items. Honors vouchers from most social service agencies. Located at intersection of Lyndale and Franklin Ave.
  • The Unlimited/Kidz Klozet - Free women and children’s clothing. Sometimes open other times. No ID or referral required
  • Urban Ventures - People's Exchange - Free work clothing and household items. No ID or referral required.
  • Vine and Branches Clothing Center - Free clothing with referral or low-cost clothing without referral. Sometimes coats, toys, and small household items are available. Also offers a free, limited use laundry facility by appointment. No ID or referral required.

Community Group

Community Group

  • The Backyard Initiative (BYI) improves community health through active engagement, addressing the root causes of illness and building connections in Ventura Villages, Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, East Phillips, Central, Powderhorn Park, and Corcoran neighborhoods.

Dental

Dental

  • Dental Referral Listing
  • Community Dental Care provides preventative care, emergency care, fillings, teeth whitening, root canal treatment, extractions, crowns and bridges, dentures, and minor orthodontic procedures. Family Healthcare Dental provides basic dental services in Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN.
  • Helping Hand Dental Clinic provides basic dental services and urgent dental care.
  • Indian Health Board offers adult and pediatric general dentistry, preventive care education, emergency treatment and dental specialist referrals.
  • Lake Superior Community Health Center provides dental services for people of all ages including office exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, sealants, restorations (fillings), routine extractions, partials / dentures, root canals and stainless steel / acrylic strip crowns
  • Native American Community Clinic provides services by dental and dental hygiene students including cleaning and oral hygiene instruction, well-child checks, fillings, crowns and bridges, dentures, simple extractions, root canal therapy, exams and emergency appointments.
  • Normandale Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic provides a variety of dental hygiene services by dental hygiene students.
  • North Point Health and Wellness Center – Dental provides preventative, restorative, and emergency care, digital x-ray, dentures, and children’s dentistry.
  • Southside Dental Clinic provide preventive care, dental exams, cleaning, instruction/education, x-rays, sealants, fluoride, restorative care, fillings and extractions, root canals, crowns/bridges, dentures/partials, referrals, patient support services, transportation, help with insurance, Spanish speaking staff, and interpreter services (with notice).
  • Union Gospel Mission Dental Clinic provides free, professional dental care allowing patients to concentrate on bettering themselves instead of the pain associated with dental problems.
  • University of Minnesota School of Dentistry provides general and specialty services for children and adults and accepts state health plans and most insurance plans.
  • West Side Dental Clinic / Clínica Dental West Side provides basic dental services and urgent dental care.
Children Dental
  • Children’s Dental Services can help your child keep the smile that good health and good feelings bring. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for your child's well being. CDS offers you an affordable way to get the dental health care your child needs, at times and places that work for you.
  • Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates Ltd provides a variety of dental series for children.

Directories

Directories

  • Minnesota Help.info is an online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota find human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of help. It is especially rich in resource information for seniors and their caregivers; people with disabilities and their caregivers; parents and families; and low income people.
  • United Way 211 provides free and confidential information and referral. Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. Learn more about your local 2-1-1 by looking it up here.
  • Health Resources Serving Diverse Cultural Communities is a new directory for individuals working to identify appropriate health services for refugees and immigrants.
  • Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Network provides individualized referrals to licensed family child care homes, centers, preschool programs, and school-age programs. To find the Child Care Resource and Referral agency that serves your area of the state, click here.
  • MN Low-Cost Health Care Directory helps underinsured Minnesotans find access to affordable health care. Start with the Bridge to Benefits screening tool to see if you may be eligible for MA or MNCare. If you do not qualify for a public health insurance program, this directory may help you find some low-cost health care options near you.
  • ISeek is an online gateway to job, career, education and business information in Minnesota. Through Minnesota's Job Bank, job seekers can post a resume to be viewed by employers, search for job openings, contact employers by e-mail, apply online, and be notified about new job postings that meet their job search criteria. 

Disability

Disability

  • Health Care Directive Form is approved by the Honoring Choices Minnesota (HCM) Advisory Committee for general public use. This document is free and anyone is able to download and use it.
  • Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care (MNHPC) promotes quality of life in Minnesota communities through hospice and palliative care. Through their work people will understand the value of and have access to high quality hospice and palliative care, and advance care planning.
  • Telephone Equipment Distribution Program provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, speech impaired or have a physical disability and need adaptive equipment in order to use the phone. The equipment is loaned out at no cost as a long-term loan.
  • VISION Loss Resources assists people who are blind or visually impaired in achieving their full potential and to enrich the lives of all persons affected by blindness or vision loss.
  • Minnesota Resource Center (MRC) provides vocational evaluations for people with disabilities in the Twin Cities. Continuing with its mission of serving individuals with physical, sensory or mental health disabilities, MRC has opened its doors further to include immigrants, refugees, and individuals transitioning off of public assistance. Since its beginning in vocational evaluation, MRC has expanded its services to include assessments, accredited skills training and education services, placement and job retention services and provides services in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Burnsville. 612-752-8100

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Help Lines
Crisis Intervention
  • Breaking Free is a non-profit organization serving women and girls involved in systems of abuse, exploitation, and prostitution/sex trafficking.
  • Casa de Esperanza supports Latinas and their communities, assists them to recognize their strengths, build on them and reach their goals, provides effective responses to domestic violence and facilitates support systems.
  • Crisis Intervention Center - HCMC provides suicide prevention at 701 Park Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55415
  • Hennepin County Domestic Abuse Center helps with orders for protection, legal advice from city and county attorneys, and assists in finding temporary housing in many languages.
  • Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project provides African immigrant women with crisis intervention, referrals, resources, legal, general and family related issues. Advocates are fluent in Oromo, Somali, Arabic, Amharic, Swahili, and English.
  • Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women provides a list of services offered for victims of domestic abuse.
  • Neighborhood Involvement Program – Rape & Sexual Abuse Center provides services for survivors of sexual abuses and assault.
  • Safe at Home is designed to help survivors of violence, sexual assault, stalking, or others who fear for their safety establish a confidential address.
  • St. Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention provides legal advocacy, hospital advocacy and general community advocacy for women in St. Paul. Has some culturally specific programs to help women utilizing the criminal court system.
  • Youth and Young Adults Program (YAYA) is a project that helps youth and young adults who have experienced dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Call or text 612-656-YAYA (9292) or e-mail yayaprogram@gmail.com.
Legal Resources
  • Domestic Abuse Service Center provides legal assistance for victims of domestice violence. Office of the Hennepin County Attorney. 300 S 6th St. A-0650 Government Center Minneapolis, MN 55487. 612.348.5073
  • Order for Protection/Harassment Orders helps victims of domestic abuse complete the paperwork for a temporary order of protection. Hennepin County 300 South 6th Street Minneapolis, MN 55487 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed legal holidays.
  • Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) provides free professional case management services for patients with chronic or life threatening illnesses by phone, e-mail or web chat. PAF serves as a liaison to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters. help@patientadvocate.org 800-532-5274
  • Tubman Legal Advocates is an organization providing services to address a variety of domestic abuse and family law issues in Hennepin, Washington and suburban Ramsey counties.  Mpls 612-825-3333 or 612-871-0118, Maplewood 651-789-6770
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network is an organization advising and representing economically disadvantaged people with legal problems through volunteer attorneys and without charge to the clients. 6000 Nicollet Mall, suite 390A Minneapolis, MN 55402. 612-752-6677
Multiple Resources
  • Latinos Ending Abuse Program (LEAP) helps Latino adults to learn and apply skills to end violent behavior in their relationships, families, and communities. Spanish. 2700 East Lake Street Suite 3200 Minneapolis, MN 55406. 612-872-6165
  • Market Bucks Program is an incentive program through Midtown Farmers Market for people who receive food support through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Customers can get an additional $5 in Market Bucks. Lake Street East & 22nd Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407. Saturday 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, Tuesday 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Office of Justice Program Crisis Funds is small funds that can help crime victims to be safe such as changing the key locker at home, etc. 612.340.5400
  • The Bridge for Youth is the premier resource for youth and families in crisis. We ensure a continuum of care to provide shelter and support, to reunite families whenever possible, and when it is not, to build independent living skills in young people. 24-Hour Hotline: 612-377-8800
Shelter/Housing Assistance
  • Alexandra House is a shelter program for battered women and children in Blaine, MN. Services include crisis intervention, advocacy, safety planning, housing resources and referrals, support groups and a children’s program.
  • Asian Women United in Minnesota (AWUM) is a safe place for all women and their children dealing with domestic violence, including physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Staff speak Cambodian, Lao, Hmong, Vietnamese. 612-724-0756
  • Casa de Esperanza supports Latinas and their communities, assists them to recognize their strengths, build on them and reach their goals, provides effective responses to domestic violence and facilitates support systems. Spanish. 651.772.1611
  • Mary’s Place is an organization providing temporary housing solutions to families. Also they help with meals, clothing, showers, shelter, transportation help, rent deposits, rent help, medical assistance, dental care, furniture, school expenses, funeral assistance, and other miscellaneous needs. 525 North 7th Street Minneapolis, MN 55405 612-338-4640
  • Avenues for Homeless Youth is a program that provides emergency shelter, short term housing and support services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment. 1708 Oak Park Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55411 612-522-1690
Cambodia
  • Asian Women United in Minnesota (AWUM) is a safe place for all women and their children dealing with domestic violence, including physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
  • St. Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention provides legal advocacy, hospital advocacy and general community advocacy for women in St. Paul. Has some culturally specific programs to help women utilizing the criminal court system.
  • Minnesota WorkForce Centers provide free tools, resources, and services you need for employment, training, and related workforce development needs. Click here to locate a Workforce Center near you to help in your job search. 1-888-438-5627
Hmong 
  • Asian Women United in Minnesota (AWUM) is a safe place for all women and their children dealing with domestic violence, including physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
  • St. Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention provides legal advocacy, hospital advocacy and general community advocacy for women in St. Paul. Has some culturally specific programs to help women utilizing the criminal court system.
Lao 
  • Asian Women United in Minnesota (AWUM) is a safe place for all women and their children dealing with domestic violence, including physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
  • St. Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention provides legal advocacy, hospital advocacy and general community advocacy for women in St. Paul. Has some culturally specific programs to help women utilizing the criminal court system.
Somali 
  • Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project provides African immigrant women with crisis intervention, referrals, resources, legal, general and family related issues. Advocates are fluent in Oromo, Somali, Arabic, Amharic, Swahili, and English.
Spanish 
  • Casa de Esperanza supports Latinas and their communities, assists them to recognize their strengths, build on them and reach their goals, provides effective responses to domestic violence and facilitates support systems.
  • Latinos Ending Abuse Program (LEAP) helps Latino adults to learn and apply skills to end violent behavior in their relationships, families, and communities.
  • St. Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention provides legal advocacy, hospital advocacy and general community advocacy for women in St. Paul. Has some culturally specific programs to help women utilizing the criminal court system.
Vietnamese
  • Asian Women United in Minnesota (AWUM) is a safe place for all women and their children dealing with domestic violence, including physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
  • St. Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention provides legal advocacy, hospital advocacy and general community advocacy for women in St. Paul. Has some culturally specific programs to help women utilizing the criminal court system.

Education/Literacy

Education/Literacy

  • Be@School is a Hennepin County Attorney’s Office program to improve school attendance.
  • East Side Neighborhood Services provides individualized computer training for senior adults and provides afterschool enrichment programs.
  • Girl Scouts is a fun program for girls from kindergarten to 12th grade that helps develop life skills, self-esteem, and provides a way for girls to make a difference around the world.
  • Hennepin County Child and Teen Checkups Program provides preventative health care children up to age 21 who receive Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare.
  • Lincoln English Language School is part of the International Education Center, and offers English language acquisition courses at many levels, adult basic skills, and citizenship classes.
  • The Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network helps families find child care and understand their care options, supports child care providers through grants and education, and informs the community on the importance of child care.
  • Minneapolis Community Education offers 7 levels of English Language Learning classes -- from levels 0 and 1 for learners with little or no schooling in their first language, to level 6 for students who are refining their English skills by working on resume and interviewing skills. Levels 2-5 cover everything in between.
  • Minnesota Literacy Council – Adult Literacy Hotline tells you where you can learn English (ESL) or get help to read and write better. The Hotline knows about more than 425 programs around Minnesota that offer basic reading, writing, and math classes, english language (ESL) classes, GED preparation and testing sites, adult high school diploma programs, citizenship classes, brush-up skills classes and family literacy programs.
  • Minneapolis Public Schools provides free education to students K-12 living in Minneapoils with a variety of programs available. Website available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.
  • Neighborhood House – Education programs and services help new arrivals learn English, prepare for a GED examination, learn more about positive parenting and appreciate the arts. Unique College Access and School Readiness programs involve both students and parents, while Neighborhood House shares its knowledge about new Minnesotans through training and consulting services.
  • PACER Center: Health Information and Advocacy Center provides information on insurance, government programs, SSI, special education laws, and referrals to services for families of children ages 0 to 22 with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
  • Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School is a new public elementary schools opening in Minneapolis in fall 2012 that will provide full-immersion kindergarten and first grade, and French enriched second/third grade classes.
  • Saint Paul Public Schools provides free education to students K-12 living in St. Paul with a variety of programs available. Website available in English, Karen, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.
  • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free or reduced-price meals to qualified children during the summer.
Hmong
  • Center for Hmong Arts and Talent nurtures, explores & illuminates the Hmong American experience through artistic expressions. Learn it. Create it. Live it. Art with a Purpose.
  • Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association provides programs for employment, housing, youth and after-school activities.
  • Hmong Cultural Center promotes the personal development of children, youth and adults through cultural education while providing resources that enhance cross-cultural awareness between Hmong and non-Hmong.
Spanish
  • Academia Comunitaria offers free classes in English and Spanish throughout the Twin Cities by EXCO Academia Comunitaria, an organization inspired by the right to free access to education including: adult literacy, Computers, Mexican Cooking, Daily English, Spanish/English language exchange and more.
  • Aprendamos computacion enhances the marketable job skills of Latino students, and involves them productively in their children’s education by providing them the opportunity to study computer technology in their native language. 

Financial Help

Financial Help

  • AccountAbility Minnesota will get your taxes prepared for free by an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer.
  • Zenni Optical provides online, low cost prescription glasses. Patients looking for low cost glasses are able to order on-line for as low as $6.95 for a complete set of glasses. Requires prescription from optometrist.
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota offers budget, debt, credit and housing counseling, financial education and bankruptcy services. 
  • FAIM Program helps Minnesota resident wage earners build assets through purchase of a first home, pursuit of a higher education at an accredited public post-secondary institution, or small business capitalization. FAIM account holders place monthly savings into Bremer Bank or City County Federal Credit Union family asset accounts (savings accounts) that will be matched $3 to $1 upon completion of program requirements. The FAIM program is administered by a list of agencies throughout Minnesota. 1-800-492-4805
  • Help Minnesota Save  help low-income families build positive financial futures. Learning to build and keep assets is a critical factor in helping people to rise from poverty. Contains information about money management, financial literacy, budgeting, etc. This site is sponsored by the Minnesota Community Action Association and is made possible through generous funding from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Human Services Office of Economic Opportunity. 651-645-7425
  • Entitlement Maintenance Inc. (EMI) payee organization works with clients receiving government benefits and having trouble managing their finances. This can include seniors, adults with disabilities or children. Determination for need of this service is made by government agency issuing benefits, which can be based on doctor’s statement or information from family/ social work indicating problem of managing finances. EMI charges $39/month for its payee services. For those receiving MSA this fee is reduced to $14/month. For those residing in group homes, adult foster care or nursing homes, the fee is waived. Approved and audited by VA and SSA.763-420-6000 (Maple Grove)
  • Greenleaf Payment Services assist disabled and vulnerable persons live more independently through financial intervention. Approved by SSA. Services are representative payee (appointed by benefit issuing institution) at max. $38/month, individual payee management (self-appointed) at $55/month, and conservatorship (appointed by courts) at $55/hour. Initial costs: $110 (incl. first monthly fee) 877-788-2007 or 612-605-1418
  • KC Financial Management Services, Inc. assists individuals with managing their monthly resources and functions as a financial liaison between the individual and her creditors. Authorized by SSA. Fee is the lesser of $38.00 or 10% of benefit amount. For a person with chemical dependency issues (identified by SSA) the fee is the lesser of $74.00 or 10% of benefit amount. 612-871-4252
  • Alternative Decision Makers offers assistive services to families caring for an elderly or disabled family member. Services include SSA representative payee. 612-871-0448

Fitness

Fitness

  • Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Activity Guide: January - May 2017Free exercise classes!
    • Minneapolis Parks and Recreation provides free exercise classes at Phillips Recreation Center and East Phillips Recreation Center
  • Running Wolf Fitness Center - $10/month membership
    • Mon-Thur: 10 am-7 pm and Sat: 10am-2pm
    • Zumba/yoga/cardio kickboxing and other classes, health education, fitness equipment (treadmill, bikes) and showers
    • Located at 2323 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Phone: 612-872-2388.
  • Strong, Fit, Fast - FREE! For Latino and Native American youth ages 9-17
    • Participants meet twice a week for a year for fun classes designed to develop fitness and nutrition habits that support healthy weight and lifelong wellness. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a free YWCA membership.
    • Contact Karina Altoro at 612-215-4325
  • Zumba Classes - FREE for all
    • Wed  and Fri at 11:30 am 
    • Sabathani Community Center located at 310 East 38th St., Minneapolis. Phone: 612-821-2300

Food

Food

  • Emergency Food Shelves provide free food and personal care products (such as diapers, shampoo, soap, etc.) to people in need. Minnesota has more than 300 food shelves. To find the closest food shelf to you by entering your zip code, click here.
  • Fare For All is open to anyone who wants to save money on their groceries. Participants (seniors, working families, individuals who are both employed and unemployed, or individuals on fixed incomes) have the opportunity to save 40-50% off their monthly food budgets and access fresh fruits and veggies, frozen meats of all kinds, and a variety of non-perishable staple items.
    • Traditional Fare For All - one Saturday per month, Fare For All Food packs are distributed to participants in outlying sites around Minnesota. Participants pre-register for food packages, and then they are delivered to the Fare For All location by the volunteers. If you are in the outlying Twin Cities or greater Minnesota, find a site near you to begin saving today.
    • Fare for All Express! - this model is like a traveling grocery store. Food packs are sold on a variety of days and times at sites around the Twin Cities metro area, including monthly Emergency Foodshelf Network warehouse locations. This model of Fare For All allows participants to pay and take the food home on the same day. Distribution sites are located in many communities across the metro area. If you don’t see one in your area, feel free to call the Fare For All Express! office at 763-450-3880 to find the closest one.
  • Marie Sandvik Center, a Christian faith-based charitable organization provides warm meals around programs designed to support adults in their various life struggles and children in their development. The center also collects clothing and furniture to provide to its members.
  • Meals on Wheels delivers hot, nutritious meals at lunchtime, Monday through Friday, to homebound, elderly, and disabled individuals in the Twin Cities. There are 40 Meals on Wheels programs in the Twin Cities metro area that are members of Metro Meals on Wheels. Each program serves a designated geographic area. To find the program that serves you, click here and enter your address.
  • Open Arms of Minnesota provides once a week meal delivery to people living with HIV/AIDS, MS, ALS, or cancer. Must live in Twin Cities metro area, income status is NOT important. 612-872-1152
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is FREE nutrition education for SNAP (formerly Food Support)-eligible clients delivered by community nutrition educators from the University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Community nutrition educators use science-based, behaviorally-focused curriculum to help Minnesotans with limited financial resources stretch food dollars and make healthy choices. The program also teaches the importance of a quality diet, how to prepare healthy meals with quick and easy recipes, and encourages a physically active lifestyle. Programming is offered in a variety of settings including county human services offices, WorkForce Centers, food shelves, Community Action Agencies, WIC clinics, senior citizen centers, schools, and Head Start/child care centers. The University of Minnesota Extension provide SNAP-Ed programming in Minnesota counties. To find your local contact call 612-625-7070 or click here.
    • The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe provides SNAP-Ed programming on six reservations (Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, and White Earth. To learn more, contact Joanne Mulbah at 218-335-8585 or jmulbah@mnchippewatribe.org
  • Waite House - Food Assistance Program (part of Pillsbury United Communities organization) distributes food every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 1pm all year round and every Sunday at 2pm until April 1st. Bring bags to take food home. Free meals (stay and eat) at 8am, 12pm, and 5pm. No ID required. Somali, Spanish, and Hmong speaking staff on site. 612-721-1681
Food Shelves in Minneapolis (by neighborhood)
North
Northeast
  • Little Kitchen Food Shelf 
    Northeast Community Lutheran Church
    1500 Sixth Street NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413
    (612) 788-2444 
    Open from 10:00 AM to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as from 6:00 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday. The food shelf opens on Thursday by appointment. Does not requires ID or documentation and is not restricted by zip code residency.
  • Salvation Army Food Shelf Central NEED 
    2727 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55418
    (612) 789-1512
University
Downtown
  • House of Charity 
    510 South Eighth St., Minneapolis, MN, 55404
    (612) 594-2011
  • People Serving People 
    614 South 3rd St., Minneapolis, MN, 55415
    (612) 789-2858
  • Salvation Army Food Shelf Center City 
    53 Glenwood Ave., Minneapolis, MN, 55403
    (612) 659-0705 
    Located in H.O.P.E. Harbor, the food shelf is open to residents of downtown Minneapolis or people using shelters in Minneapolis. Requires photo ID and proof of address or referral from shelter. 
Uptown
  • Joyce Uptown Food Shelf 
    3041 Fremont Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN, 55408
    (612) 825-4431
    Open from 1:00 to 3:45 PM, Monday through Friday, and from 5:00 to 6:45 PM on Thursday. Requires photo ID and proof of current address.
Central
  • Groveland Emergency Food Shelf 
    1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN, 55403
    (612) 871-0277
    Open from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Monday through Thursday, and from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Friday. Groveland Food for Youth is open from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday and Thursday. Serves the area south of Grant Street to the north side of 25th Street, and between 35W on the east and the city limits on the west. Limit of one visit per month, with up to three exceptions
  • Hennepin Ave. United Methodist
    511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis, MN, 55403
    (612) 871-5303
  • Loaves and Fishes/St Stephen's Church 
    2211 Clinton Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN, 55404
    (612) 724-8929
  • Loaves and Fishes/Cathedral of St Mark 
    519 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55411
    (612) 870-7800
  • Simpson Food Shelf 
    2740 First Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN, 55406
    (612) 874 – 774 
    Open from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM, Tuesday through Friday. Serves residents of the area bordered by Franklin Ave. on the north; Lake Street on the south; Portland Ave. on the east; and Lyndale Ave. on the west. Clients may use the food shelf once in thirty days.
  • Somali Food Shelf 
    207 East Lake, Minneapolis, MN, 55408
    (612) 871-6786
  • Wesley United Methodist Church 
    101 East Grant St., Minneapolis, MN, 55403
    (612) 871-3585 
Phillips
Powderhorn
Longfellow
Southwest
  • Incarnation Church Food Shelf
    3817 Pleasant Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN, 55409
    (612) 822-2101 
    Open from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Tuesday and Thursday. Enter by the side door of the Parish Center basement. Requires proof of current address. Must be a resident of the area between Nicollet Ave. on the east, Lyndale Ave. on the west, 30th Street on the north and 50th Street on the south. 
Nokomis
  • Minnehaha Food Shelf 
    3701 E 50th St., Minneapolis, MN, 55417
    (612) 501-7078, (612) 721-6231. 
    Open from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Tuesday. Requires photo ID with current address. Must be a resident of the area between the Crosstown and Lake Street, Cedar Ave. and the river. Limit of one visit per month.

GLBT

GLBT

  • Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition is committed to improving health care access and the quality of health care received by trans and gender nonconforming people through education, resources, and advocacy. 

Healthy Living & Lifestyles

Healthy Living & Lifestyles

  • Centro, Inc provides a class called "Begin the Challenge" to have fun in a group of less kilos and more health. Meetings are Mondays 10am-12:30pm at Centro. Call Maria at 612-874-1412 for more information.

Homeless

Homeless

  • St. Stephen’s Human Services was founded with a mission to end homelessness through programming that includes housing opportunities, employment support, emergency services and outreach, and systems change. 612-874-0311
  • The Dignity Center United Methodist Church is a program founded on clients developing an ongoing and supportive relationship with one volunteer advocate to support with housing, income/financial management, employment, health/medical needs, education, relationships, civil legal issues, criminal issues, substance abuse. 612-435-1315
  • US Dept. of HUD Contact HUD for more info on affordable rental housing programs: Public Housing, Project-Based Section 8 housing, and Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.
  • Bridging, Inc. provides families with a one-time gift of quality furniture and household items. A person must be referred by a Bridging referral agency in order to be determined eligible for the furniture and household items. Click here to look up a Bridging referral agency near you or for more information call 952-888-1105.
  • CommonBond Communities is Minnesota’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing. CommonBond has 54 communities serving over 5,500 people who live in 3,800 apartments and townhomes. They offer family, senior, and special needs housing. To find rental housing through CommonBond, click here. 651-291-1750
  • Emergency Housing Assistance Resource List (metro area) of housing assistance was compiled by Project for Pride in Living. It features different type of housing resources, including emergency, supportive and transitional housing.
  • HeatShare provides energy assistance on a year-round basis. Funds are used for natural gas, fuel oil, propane, electricity, and furnace checkup and repairs. 1-800-842-7279
  • Housing Link is focused on providing information about affordable rental housing options in the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area. Resources include overviews of housing programs and terminology, weekly lists of vacancies, Section 8 Voucher information, directories of housing, and a vacancy-locating service. If you live outside the seven-county metro area, you can visit MinnesotaHelp.info for information on affordable housing resources in your community. 612-522-2500
  • Housing Resources ToolBox can help individuals and their family members find housing and services in their communities. It provides information on a variety of living arrangements and services in Minnesota, and the resources available to help pay for them.
  • Lifeline/Link-Up provides discount on new service connection charges when installing new telephone service. The federal Lifeline and state Telephone Assistance Plan programs provide a monthly discount on your local telephone service, including one wireline or wireless phone per household. If you live on federally-recognized tribal lands, you may qualify for additional discounts. To qualify for these programs, telephone service must be in your name and you must have income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines or participate in qualifying public programs.
  • Low-cost Internet Services through Comcast and CenturyLink for $9.95 plus tax per month for low-income families.
    • To be eligible for Comcast’s low-cost plan, you must have at least one child on the School Meal Program. To find out more information or to get the application for this service click here for Comcast, or call 1-855-846-8376
    • To be eligible for CenturyLink’s low-cost plan, at least one household member must be on the School Meal Program or at least one of the qualifying work support programs. Other restrictions may apply.  To find out more information or to get the application for this service, click here to visit CenturyLink's website or call click here 1-866-541-3330
  • Minnesota Home Ownership Center offers mortgage counseling, credit repair, mortgage refinance information and many other helpful and preventative measures that can be taken to prevent foreclosure. 651-659-9336 or 1-866-462-6466 (toll-free)
  • Minnesota Multi Housing Association Renters’ Hotline (MHA) helps renters find answers to common questions on subjects such as security deposits, leases, Certificates of Rent Paid, evictions, repairs and maintenance, cleaning, and giving notice to vacate. Click here for a list of commonly asked questions and answers on the website. 952-854-8500
  • Stay Warm Minnesota campaign was launched to help Minnesotan families experience a safe and comfortable winter without having their home heating bills overtake the entire family budget. This website is full of useful information regarding energy efficiency and heating assistance programs provided by the federal and state government, private industry, non-profits and our energy utilities. 651-296-5175 
  • Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) uses energy conservation techniques to reduce the cost of home energy. Correcting health and safety hazards and potentially life-threatening conditions is the first consideration in WAP activities. Households who are at or below 50 percent of the state median income are eligible. All homeowners and renters who are income eligible for Energy Assistance are income eligible for WAP. Priority is given to households with at least one elderly or disabled member and to customers with the highest heating costs. 651-297-2545

Immigrant & Refugee

Immigrant & Refugee

  • CAPI is a community-based social justice organization and a direct implementer of anti-poverty programs to create jobs, housing, food, health education, youth and senior social services. Offers services related to food, jobs, housing and transportation, health, education, and gender and justice.
  • Center for Disease Control has resources for immigrants and refugees about seasonal flu, medical examination, laws and regulations, refugee health guidelines, and other resources.
  • Center for Victims of Torture helps survivors of torture that occurred abroad.
  • Centro is a multi-disciplinary center that supports the metro area Latin community in its (mental) health needs. It offers daycare, preschool, youth intervention programs, maternal classes, senior activities, adult Spanish literacy classes and a food shelf. 612-874-1412
  • Hello Neighbor is designed to welcome recent immigrants to Minneapolis neighborhoods.
  • Minnesota Council of Churches – Refugee Services is an ecumenical ministry welcoming persecuted people from around the world into new lives of freedom, hope and opportunity in Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Resource Center (MRC) is a private, non-profit organization founded to provide vocational evaluations for people with disabilities in the Twin Cities. Continuing its mission of serving individuals with physical, sensory or mental health disabilities, MRC has opened its doors further to include immigrants, refugees, and individuals transitioning off of public assistance. Since its beginning in vocational evaluation, MRC has expanded its services to include assessments, accredited skills training and education services, placement and job retention services and provides services in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Burnsville. 612-752-8100
  • Refugee Health Lending Library maintains a comprehensive collection of educational materials about refugee populations and health issues. The lending library is housed in the MDH Barr Library, holds over 60 videos, and is expected to grow each year. These items are available for free loan (except for the cost of return postage) to any public health organization or community group (including schools, churches, book clubs, etc.) in the United States.
  • United Cambodian Association of Minnesota (UCAM) promotes health, social, economic, and educational opportunities for all Cambodians in Minnesota. Offers programs for elders, family, community, youth, mentoring, chemical dependency, health/tobacco, legal and refuges.

Legal

Legal

  • Alternative Decision Makers offers assistive services to families caring for an elderly or disabled family member. 612-871-0448
  • Civil Society/Sociedad Civil provides culturally and linguistically specific services, including abused immigrant, human trafficking victims, and others who have barriers to reporting crime.
  • Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services provides independent legal services, independent counseling services, psychological Assessments/Evaluations, social work service, and consultations between law staff, psychologists and social workers to serve the needs of the individual, all in one location. Referral sources contact.
  • LawHelpMN.org is a free website for low-income Minnesotans who need help with legal problems. The site is written in easy language. Many of the materials on the site are in Spanish, Hmong, Russian, Somali and other languages. You can get up-to-date legal information, answer legal questions, and find court locations. You can also find the legal aid office in your area. Legal aid attorneys provide a full range of legal assistance to eligible clients. 612-752-6666 (Hennepin), 651-224-1775 (Ramsey), 952-431-3200 (Dakota)
  • Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis provides free civil legal services to low income and senior residents of Hennepin County.
  • Legal Services Advocacy Project (LSAP) gives vulnerable Minnesotans a much-needed collective voice at the State Capitol. To complement other Legal Aid organizations that provide direct legal services to clients in existing civil disputes, LSAP serves as “preventative medicine” to bring justice to low-income Minnesotans on the policy level.
  • Leonard Street and Deinard – Pro bono has an historic and longstanding commitment to pro bono legal service to our CUHCC community. Firm attorneys serve low-income clients with a variety of legal needs: family law, immigration, housing, government benefits, and consumer issues on site.
  • Patient Advocate Foundation provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation services to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness. Case management services, educational materials and live chat services are provided free-of-charge. Call 1-800-532-5274
Disability
  • Access North serves residents with disabilities in the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis. Services offered include advocacy, independent living skills program, peer/group support, PCA Choice, and employment transition and relocation services. In addition, they offer consumer directed community supports, an assistive technology program and public information about disabilities and /or independent living. 
  • The Arc of Minnesota is a private, non-profit, statewide organization to support and advocate for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families as they choose how they live, learn, work and play. The Arc of Minnesota provides crucial information for people with developmental disabilities and their families, connect them with resources, and stand with them when they need an advocate. 651-523-0823 or 1-800-582-5256
  • Brain Injury Association of Minnesota offers education and help to individuals with brain injury. 612-378-2742 or 1-800-669-6442
  • Disability Benefits 101 for people with physical and developmental disabilities; the website provides information and tools on employment, cash benefits and public programs. Contact Bridge to Benefits to screen your family's eligibility.
  • Disability Linkage Line is a free, statewide information and referral resource that provides Minnesotans with disabilities and chronic illnesses a single access point for all disability related questions. DLL provides service to the entire state from four locations: St. Paul, Rochester, Bemidji and Brainerd. A resource specialist is available Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, to provide one-on-one assistance. You can also receive email, live-chat or web based assistance through MinnesotaHelp.info 866-333-2466
  • Disability Minnesota provides a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues. It also provides access to laws, statutes, and regulations in pertinent disability-related areas. Click here for the families and children section of the website.
  • Minnesota Disability Law Center is managed by the Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC). As a statewide project, they work with Minnesotans with physical and mental disabilities to provide free civil legal assistance related to those disabilities.
  • Minnesota Specialty Health System - Cambridge provides services to individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities or related conditions with a history of legal problems, public safety and/or personal safety concerns due to significant behavioral disturbances and/or poorly managed medical conditions. 1425 East Rum River Drive South, Cambridge, MN 55008. 763-689-7200
  • Minnesota State Operated Community Services (MSOCS) provides residential, vocational, and nursing support services for people with disabilities. They offer training/education, crisis respite service, and in-home family support. Vocational services include Day Training and Habilitation (DT&H) as well as support services that include evaluation, training and supported employment. Clients take advantage of and are integrated into the daily flow of the community. A state-of-the-art and highly specialized program called FACES (Friends and Community Experiencing Success) is used to plan individual support services that include community-based residential services typically provided in four-bed group homes. 651-766-4117
  • SOS Dental Clinics (State Operated Services) operates five community dental clinics that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities, severe/persistent mental illness and traumatic brain injury who are unable to obtain care from other community providers. Clinics are located in Brainerd, Cambridge, Faribault, Fergus Falls and Willmar.
     
Cambodian 
  • United Cambodian Association of Minnesota(UCAM) promotes health, social, economic, and educational opportunities for all Cambodians in Minnesota. Offers programs for elders, family, community, youth, mentoring, chemical dependency, health/tobacco, legal and refuges.
Spanish 
  • Civil Society/Sociedad Civil provides culturally and linguistically specific services, including abused immigrant, human trafficking victims, and others who have barriers to reporting crime. 

Men's Health

Men's Health

  • The Men’s Center provides resources for men seeking to grow in body, mind and spirit, and from that foundation advocates for healthier family and community relationships. 
  • Turning Point, Inc. provides men with chemical dependency treatment services.

Mental Health

Mental Health

  • African American Family Services helps to identify skills and solutions for the mental health needs of African American youth, adults, and families.
  • Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE) helps when a severe disturbance of mood or thinking threatens a person's safety. COPE professionals are available to go where a person is, handle the immediate crisis, and provide a clinical assessment.
  • Indian Health Board offers individual and group psychotherapy, assessments (adults and children): ADHD, FASD, Substance Abuse Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), specialty care for depression and psychiatric services social work services and support groups.
  • North Point Health and Wellness Center offers outpatient behavioral health services for children, adolescents and adults
  • Spectrum Community Mental Health offers a full spectrum of personalized services to Hennepin County adults with major mental illnesses of schizophrenia, major depressive illness, bipolar disorder, personality disorder and related illnesses. Some people may also experience chemical dependency. They have specialized mental health services for people experiencing homelessness and families involved with Minnesota Family Investment Act (MFIP). Services also include community support programs, housing services, case management services, Spectrum ArtWorks Program, and Spectrum Young Adult Services. 612-752-8200
  • Emily Program provides adolescent treatment services for eating disorders in St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Stillwater, Burnsville, Duluth, and Chaska. 651-645-5323
  • Community Support Services (CSS) provides decentralized clinical consultation and technical assistance. Nine teams across Minnesota’s 87 counties help clinically complex individuals remain in their communities and build support networks. 763-689-7224
  • Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services is a free-of-charge center from the University of St Thomas that combines the disciplines of social work, law, and psychology in one, offering mental health individual and family counseling, psychological assessment and testing, and case management. 651-962-4820
  • NAMI Minnesota is a volunteer-run organization for Hennepin residents suffering from mental illness.  It provides education, advocacy, and support to fight the stigma of mental disease and increase public and professional understanding. 612-424-1823
  • Minnesota Resource Center (MRC) is a private, non-profit organization that was founded to provide vocational evaluations for people with disabilities in the Twin Cities. Continuing its mission of serving individuals with physical, sensory or mental health disabilities, MRC has opened its doors further to include immigrants, refugees, and individuals transitioning off of public assistance. Since its beginning in vocational evaluation, MRC has expanded its services to include assessments, accredited skills training and education services, placement and job retention services and provides services in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Burnsville. 612-752-8100

Public Assistance/Insurance

Public Assistance/Insurance

  • CUHCC sliding fee scale fact sheet
    Information for patients who have just applied for public insurance
  • Assured Access is a program that confirms household income level and provides Hennepin County residents with a list of clinics that charge for outpatient services on a sliding fee scale. Assured Access is not medical insurance. 612-348-6141 or 612-596-6637 (for Spanish)
  • Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.
  • City of Minneapolis - Multicultural Service Delivery “equal access, equal opportunity and equal input” for all residents of the City. Toassure that City services are understood, obtainable and equitable, the Access and Outreach Division of the NCR Department will focus on addressing and removing barriers to civic participation and meaningful engagement.
  • Portico is a nonprofit health and human services organization that helps uninsured Minnesotans access affordable health coverage and care. 651-489-2273 or 1-866-489-4899
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Hennepin County WICRamsey County WIC
  • Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE) is a network that aims to simplify public and private health insurance eligibility information to help more people access coverage.
  • Prescription Drug Resources Many prescription drug manufacturers offer help to people who cannot pay for their medications. Some programs are only for people with low income; in which case, prescriptions may be provided at no cost. Other programs offer discounts on prescriptions for qualified individuals.
  • Child and Teen Checkups (CTC) is Minnesota's Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program. It is designed to provide comprehensive prevention and early intervention for children and youth at risk, from birth until age 21. CTC helps families on Medical Assistance or MNCare obtain preventive health care and follow-up. CTC also helps make appointments, arranges for rides, finds a clinic that will best serve the client, and helps connect the family with other services. 651-201-3760
  • Unemployment Insurance You can apply for Unemployment Benefits online, view an estimate of your potential benefit amount, and more.
  • Minnesota Resource Center (MRC) is a private, non-profit organization that was founded to provide vocational evaluations for people with disabilities in the Twin Cities. Continuing with its mission of serving individuals with physical, sensory or mental health disabilities, MRC has opened its doors further to include immigrants, refugees, and individuals transitioning off of public assistance. Since its beginning in vocational evaluation, MRC has expanded its services to include assessments, accredited skills training and education services, placement and job retention services and provides services in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Burnsville. 612-752-8100
  • Divisionary Work Program (DWP) is a four-month program that helps low-income Minnesota families find jobs. The goal of DWP is to help parents immediately go to work rather than receive MFIP cash assistance. Parents are expected to sign an employment plan before their family is approved for DWP. After families have an employment plan, they can receive financial assistance to meet their basic needs and get other supports, such as food support and child care and health care assistance. To apply for DWP or MFIP you must contact your county human services agency.
  • Resource Employment Action Center goals are to provide comprehensive education, employment and family support services to low income youth, adults, veterans, and families and to ensure their academic achievement, economic success and family stability. Every year, we help over 14,000 adults, youth, and families discover their potential and achieve their dreams. 612-752-8400 or 612-752-8800

Recreational Space

Recreational Space

  • Brian Coyle Center offers residents an institutional-size kitchen, six multi-purpose meeting rooms and a food shelf.
  • East African Women’s Center fills gaps in service and support families holistically and across generations as they make the journey into American life. The Women’s Center serves mothers with small children, pre-teen and teenage girls, and community elder women.
  • East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center offers sports programming and activities. It is a wonderful place to meet your friends and neighbors, read the paper and enjoy a cup of coffee. There is a large gym and multiple meeting rooms.
  • Running Wolf Fitness Center is a new fitness center at the Phillips Commmunity Center. It is free to Indian Health Board and Native American Community Clinic patients. Includes personal training, registered dietician consultations, a steam room, lockers, and showers.

Senior Health

Senior Health

  • Health Care Directive Form is approved by the Honoring Choices Minnesota (HCM) Advisory Committee for general public use. This document is free and anyone is able to download and use it.
  • Heartland Adult Day Care provides complete range of activities, cultural outgoings, and amenities to meet your social interests.
  • Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care (MNHPC) promotes quality of life in Minnesota communities through hospice and palliative care. Through their work people will understand the value of and have access to high quality hospice and palliative care, and advance care planning. 
  • Minnesota Kinship Caregivers Association is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for, supports, and provides information and resources to people raising their grandchildren or children of other kin and friends. They also provide support groups, links to other resources and legal help. 651-917-4640
  • Senior LinkAge Line is a free, statewide telephone information and assistance service which makes it easy for older adults and their families to find community services. Senior LinkAge Line staff members have special knowledge in the areas of Medicare, prescription drug expense assistance, long-term care insurance, caregiver issues, and support for grandparents raising grandchildren. Live help is available by phone from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Messages can be left 24 hours a day. 1-800-333-2433
  • Store to Door is a non-profit organization that shops for and delivers groceries to home bound seniors who live independently in the seven-county metro area. Seniors call and order groceries and pay for the groceries and delivery charge (determined by income and household size) by check, credit/debit card, or EBT card. 651-642-1892

Social Service Agencies

Social Service Agencies

  • Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.
  • Minnesota Food HelpLine makes it very simple to access healthy foods if you lose your job or your income decreases. With one call, we assess your situation and provide solutions to your family’s food needs. If you or your family are having difficulty making ends meet, please call 1-888-711-1151. 
  • MN Adopt offers resources for adoptive parents and children in Minnesota.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers support and education programs that help build better lives for those affected by mental illness. 
  • Neighborhood House – Basic Needs works with participants to assess their basic family needs and identify how to obtain them. Neighborhood House services include the culturally competent Food Shelf, Asian Meals on Wheels, Family Support and Refugee Resettlement. When the needs identified are not provided by Neighborhood House, referrals to other organizations are provided.
  • North Point Health and Wellness Center operates a food shelf program.
  • Pathway provides resources and services for people with life-threatening illness to explore and experience in complementary healing and approaches. Located at 3115 Hennepin Ave S., Minneapolis. Phone: 612-822-9061.
  • Summit Academy OIC is a nonprofit educational and vocational training center that prepares and empowers adults residing in the most economically depressed neighborhoods in the Twin Cities to become educated, employed, contributing members of their community.
  • Urban Homeworks provides construction training and housing for low-income families. 
  • Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People(VEAP) is a local non-profit agency serving low-income families, individuals, elderly and disabled persons in the communities of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and South Minneapolis (South of 50th St. and West of Cedar Ave) in Minnesota. VEAP provide transportation assistance, social and financial support, food pantry assistance, and children and youth services programs.
  • Waite House - Food Assistance Program distributes food every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 1p all year round and every Sunday at 2pm until April 1st. Bring bags to take food home. Free meals (stay and eat) at 8am, 12pm, and 5pm. No ID required. Somali, Spanish, and Hmong speaking staff on site.
  • Waite House Neighborhood Center has provided community building activities, youth and service programs to the ever-changing Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis since 1969. The dedicated and diverse staff of Waite House has been providing human services and community building activities to this ever-changing community. Facilities at Waite House include a kitchen, gymnasium, classrooms and meeting space, and a food shelf.
Cambodian
  • CAPI is a community-based social justice organization and a direct implementer of anti-poverty programs to create jobs, housing, food, health education, youth and senior social services. Offers services related to food, jobs, housing and transportation, health, education, and gender and justice.
  • United Cambodian Association of Minnesota (UCAM) promotes health, social, economic, and educational opportunities for all Cambodians in Minnesota. Offers programs for elders, family, community, youth, mentoring, chemical dependency, health/tobacco, legal and refuges.
Hmong
  • CAPI is a community-based social justice organization and a direct implementer of anti-poverty programs to create jobs, housing, food, health education, youth and senior social services. Offers services related to food, jobs, housing and transportation, health, education, and gender and justice.
  • Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association provides programs for employment, housing, youth and after-school activities.
  • Hmong American Partnership offers programs and services that provide opportunities for community members to learn, engage, contribute, and collaborate. These services are designed to be relevant for community members, based upon a variety of changing needs.
  • Lao Family Community offers programs in education, youth and family, employment skills, tobacco health and others.
Lao
  • CAPI is a community-based social justice organization and a direct implementer of anti-poverty programs to create jobs, housing, food, health education, youth and senior social services. Offers services related to food, jobs, housing and transportation, health, education, and gender and justice.
Somali
  • Brian Coyle Center offers residents an institutional-size kitchen, six multi-purpose meeting rooms and a food shelf.
  • CAPI is a community-based social justice organization and a direct implementer of anti-poverty programs to create jobs, housing, food, health education, youth and senior social services. Offers services related to food, jobs, housing and transportation, health, education, and gender and justice.
  • Somali Community Organizations in Minnesota includes contact information for African Community Services, Midwest Community Development, Somali Benadiri Community of Minnesota, Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, Somali Community Resettlement Services, Somali Mai Community of Minnesota, Somali Women of Minneapolis, Somali Elders of Central Minnesota, and Somali International Minorities of America.
Spanish
  • Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) provides high quality, language appropriate and culturally competent direct services through a family-centric coordinated care delivery model to advance the well-being, health, and economic prosperity of Latino individuals and families. Offers mental health, chemical health, aging well, family, economic advancement and community health worker services.
  • Centro: Food Shelf Emergency Latino Food Shelf is the only Latino-specific food shelf in Minneapolis. It provides emergency staple foods (rice, beans, sugar and vegetable oil) for hungry families of all backgrounds and cultures across the Twin Cities metro area.

Specialty Clinics

Specialty Clinics

  • Annex Teen Clinic provides low cost, confidential, nonjudgmental sexuality-related health care for adolescents and young adults through age 23.
  • Clinic 555 provides affordable, convenient and confidential health care for residents of Ramsey County. Services include Room 111 sexual health, family planning, immunization, and tuberculosis.
  • Minnesota AIDS Project provides services for those effected and infected by HIV, prevention strategies for communities at greatest risk, MAP AIDSLine, information and referral, risk assessment, rapid HIV testing, information on syringe access, HIV case management, benefits counseling, housing services, transportation and more.
  • North Point Health and Wellness Center offers medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy and urgent care (coming in early 2007) services as well as a variety of human services and community programs.
  • Open Cities Health Center is a community health care clinic that serves patients with and without health insurance. They have been selected through the AIDS education and Training Centers National Center for HIV Care in Minority Communities to integrate HIV services into community health care clinics over the next three years.
  • Phillips Neighborhood Clinic is a free clinic that offers a variety of services, including medical services, some labs and physical therapy two evenings a week. Read more about the clinic here.
  • Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/SD provides reproductive health care (annual GYN exams, STI testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, birth control, emergency contraception and more) for men and women. Accepts most insurance plans or sliding fee scale.
  • Red Door Clinic provides confidential, non-judgmental and professional sexual health care to the community. They are the largest HIV/STD testing site in Minnesota, providing testing, treatment and health education around STDs, Ryan White HIV medical care for the uninsured, as well as pregnancy prevention and targeted HIV/STD programming.
  • Travel Clinic helps plan for health and safety issues that could affect a trip abroad.

Support Groups/Addiction Recovery

Support Groups/Addiction Recovery

  • African American Family Services works with individuals, families and communities affected by addiction and mental illness. 612-871-7878
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
  • Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship aimed to help every addict find a new way of life.
  • North Point Health and Wellness Center offers outpatient behavioral health services for children, adolescents and adults. 612-543-2500
  • Northstar Alliance is an online resource for patients and professionals. The Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (NPGA), Minnesota’s affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling, is a non-profit, gambling-neutral organization dedicated to improving the lives of Minnesotans affected by problem gambling. Activities include increasing public awareness about problem and compulsive gambling and advocating for support services and treatment for persons adversely affected by gambling. 612-424-8595
  • Recovery Resource Center is a program for chemical health assessments, treatments, and continuing care/after care services in Minnesota. 612-752-8050
  • Tubman helps women, children and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health. Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelter, legal services, counseling, youth programming and community education while guiding and sustaining individuals and families on the journey from chaos and fear to healing and restoration. Mpls 612-825-3333 or 612-871-0118, Maplewood 651-789-6770
  • Turning Point, Inc provides men with chemical dependency treatment services. 612-520-4004

Spanish

  • Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) provides high quality, language appropriate and culturally competent direct services through a family-centric coordinated care delivery model to advance the well-being, health, and economic prosperity of Latino individuals and families. Offers mental health, chemical health, aging well, family, economic advancement and community health worker services. 

Transportation

Transportation

  • Metro Mobility offers door-to-door transportation for individuals with disability according to federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Serves Twin Cities and nearly 90 adjoining suburbs. Costs from $2.50 to $3.50 (one-way). Apply online www.metromobility.org or call 651-602-1111 (TTY: 651-221-9886). ADA certification can take up to 21 days. Endorsement A on Driver’s License or on State ID replaces need for certification through metro mobility.
  • Transit Link service provides rides for itineraries that cannot be completed by regular public transportation schedules. Costs from $2.25 to $6.75 (one-way) depending on distance. Monday through Friday from 6am to 7pm. Serves Hennepin, Anoka/ NW Ramsey, Washington/ SE Ramsey, Carver/Scott and Dakota. 651-602-5465
  • Anoka County Transit has various transportation options, incl. traveler fixed routes, dial-a-ride, northstar commuter rail, metro transit, Anoka county volunteer transportation program, bike lockers, guaranteed ride home (GRH), park & ride lot information. 763-422-7075
  • Metro Transit – Reduced Fare for various groups starting at $0.50. Groups are seniors, youth 6-12 years, Medicare card holders, and people/ veterans with disabilities.
  • Ways to Work Loan Program is a proven, innovative program that provides small loans to low-income parents who cannot get loans elsewhere. All Ways to Work loans are used to help individuals remain in or move forward in their job. The vast majority of our loans are made for the purchase of modestly priced used vehicles or vehicle repair. Click here for eligibility criteria.The Loan Office Directory is a list of national organizations that facilitate Ways to Work.

Women's Health

Women's Health

  • Bedsider is a free support network for birth control. You can set up reminders to take birth control, read stories, and find emergency contraception.
  • East African Women’s Center fills gaps in service and support families holistically and across generations as they make the journey into American life. The Women’s Center serves mothers with small children, pre-teen and teenage girls, and community elder women.
  • Hope Chest for Breast Cancer helps under-served or financially distressed individuals and their families touched by breast cancer.
  • League of Catholic Women is a Catholic faith-based organization open to women of all faith traditions that are looking for an environment in which women provide material, emotional, and spiritual support to one another. 612-332-2649
  • Minnesota Women’s Healthy Heart Program (MWHHP) is a research study and public health pilot project of the Minnesota Women’s Health Collaborative. This partnership is targeting women of color and immigrant women in the North Minneapolis and University areas, and rural and Native American women in the Hibbing area.
  • Sage Screening Program is a statewide comprehensive breast and cervical cancer screening program whose primary objective is to increase the proportion of age-appropriate women who are screened for breast and cervical cancer.
  • Tubman helps women, children and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health. Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelter, legal services, counseling, youth programming and community education while guiding and sustaining individuals and families on the journey from chaos and fear to healing and restoration. Mpls 612-825-3333 or 612-871-0118, Maplewood 651-789-6770
Pregnancy and Newborns
  • Text4Baby sends free messages each week on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year. Text4baby is an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.
  • Amma Parenting Center  provides multiple childbirth and new parenting classes taught in Edina and throughout the Metro area. Amma teachers are trained professionals and help with prenatal, birth and baby preparation. 3511 Hazelton Road Edina MN 55435 952-926-2229
  • Hennepin County Baby Tracks is a free program that helps you keep your baby up-to-date on shots, answer immunization questions, connect you with a clinic, and help you keep a current shot record. Call 612-348-6087 to enroll.
Spanish
  • Centro, Inc  provides multiple classes for pregnancy: “What should I know about my pregnancy and my baby?” Wednesdays 11am-1pm at Centro, “Little World Club” to stimulate your baby’s senses Thursdays 10am-1pm at Centro, and “Prenatal massage” free for pregnant women. Contact Maria Padilla at 612-874-1412 to register for classes and for more information. “Save your baby’s life” to learn about car seat use for insurances: UCare, MHP, and Medica. Contact Emmy at 612-874-1412 to register and for more information.