Community Resource Connections:
Our goal is to help you gain access to the services that will allow you to participate in preventative health care. Staying healthy is easier, and far less expensive, that getting well.
We are established nonprofit service providers and caregivers in your community. We are NOT county, state or federal employees, nor do we work for health management systems like Prime West Health. We are reimbursed through contracts and grants that enable us to serve you without charging for that service.
We are trained and certified by MNsure to assist with online application for health insurance in Minnesota. The online application is faster and more reliable than paper applications submitted to the county system.
We work cooperatively with your County and State Human Service Departments, Minnesota Care, and MNsure. We serve as your advocate and guide. We also work with area MNsure Brokers who can help you choose the best Qualified Health Plan; if that is what you qualify for through the MNsure application system.
Walker 218-547-3438 ext. 115
How Our Services Work:
- You call a convenient site and schedule an appointment
- We explain how MNsure works and what items are needed at your appointment
- We provide computer and internet access; and we enter your data
- We provide document printing and faxing at no cost to you
- We help you create your own MNsure online account
- We guide you through the MNsure application question by question
- We assist you in interpreting application questions and how they relate to your situation
- You receive a copy of your completed application and account information
- We will keep a copy of your account information and application on file; but only with your written approval
- We help troubleshoot application problems
- We provide advocacy if an appeal is needed
- We cannot choose for your or recommend Qualified Health Plans; but will refer you to certified Brokers who are able to educate and guide you
MNSure Broker Enrollment Center:
Allen Zutz Agency
8147 Hwy 2 NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
Mr. Zutz will work with you to find the MNsure Qualified Health Plan that best fits your needs.
A church led ministry and emergency program organized to provide short term assistance for those who fall through the cracks and who need immediate help and have nowhere else to turn in the short run. In addition to providing financial aid for food, gas, rent, and utility payments, Churches United also assists individuals and families through counseling and referrals to other community agencies and resources.
The Blackduck Area History and Art Center (BAHAC) is located at the top of the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway in northern Minnesota. Although some artifacts are specific to this area, we provide a “stepping back in time” experience that can be enjoyed whether you are specifically interested in this area, or history in general. The displays excite children as well as adults, and indeed we feel a special mission to bring the past to life for children.
The co-located TIN PAN gALLErY focuses on giving local artists a place to showcase their works. Featured artists’ shows are generally on display for a month. In between shows there is always an interesting variety of art on exhibit. We have truly fulfilled our mission of providing art opportunities for all ages, as we have featured everything from pre-school and kindergarten art project displays to a special artist show for an artist in her eighth decade.
In the year 2000, the Blandin/Blackduck Visioning Committee began collecting historical memorabilia as part of its 2001 Centennial Celebration planning process. The items collected came from the geographic area covered by the Blackduck School District, a 435 square mile area that includes 13 townships and the cities of Blackduck, Tenstrike, Funkley and Squaw Lake. The need for a permanent storage area for all that had been collected spurred discussions about finding a location to store the items. This evolved to the possibility of an actual history center – a place to showcase and preserve our area’s heritage while educating our young people and operating a key attraction for residents and tourists alike. In January 2005, the Blackduck Arts Council decided to partner with the BAHAC to add an arts component to the proposed Center. Working together, the History and Art Center opened its doors to the public August 19, 2006.
We live in a resort area with unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation amidst our scenic forests, lakes and bogs. Although we are a small town we draw people from a large area. We feel fortunate to have a library, movie theater, bowling alley, golf course, city park, restaurants and some pretty interesting shopping opportunities. People travel for miles to visit and shop at Anderson Fabrics Outlet Store. Nearby attractions include the Big Bog State Park, The Lost 40, Chippewa National Forest campgrounds, Camp Rabideau (the most well-preserved CCC Camp in the nation – a National Historic Landmark) and the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway, to name a few. We’re sure you’ll want to visit us soon!
To preserve materials, objects and data related to our diverse population; to remember the past, live in the present, and educate our youth for the future.
To promote the arts in our community by putting a face on the artists of the area and providing art opportunities for our residents from ages 8 to 80.
We offer uncompromising employment services and build partnerships offering temporary, temp-to-hire, professional and/or project based employee placements.
We work tirelessly to find assignments that are rewarding.
Always There Staffing also offers
- Instant Read Drug Testing.
- We are DOT Certified and offer both DOT Drug Testing and Non-DOT Drug Tests.
- Alcohol Testing and Breathalyzer tests.
Use Always There Staffing for pre-employment drug screens, random drug testing, or after accident drug testing.
No appointment necessary during regular business hours. If you need a test after hours, please call 218-440-1022.
Call us for more information.
ALWAYS THERE STAFFING, INC. *Military Friendly*
As our logo states, we provide “Quality and Convenience for our Clients and Respect and Opportunity for our Associates”.
Our Clients expect and deserve the best and our value system supports that expectation with the respect and teamwork practiced by everyone at Always There Staffing. We offer uncompromising service, a partner you can trust for your employment services. We offer a variety of services to our Clients at a competitive rate. Always There Staffing can provide the following services: recruit, interview, screen, match employees to your specific needs, computer based testing and evaluations, drug/alcohol screens, Local and State backgrounds checks, certification verification, employee physicals, DMV checks and job reference checks.
Our Associates are treated with honesty and respect. We work tirelessly to find assignments
that are rewarding and will maximize the associate’s skills and experience. We will talk with applicants to find out about you and your skills and what type of employment situation will best suit you. We offer our associates new opportunities, a safe place to work, and a position on the winning team.
Respect: We create a positive environment where every person is highly valued and treated with integrity and honesty.
Client Focused: We provide extraordinary service to our clients by listening, understanding and providing solutions as a dependable partner.
Associates: We are committed to offer assignments based on your experience, interest, and skills. We will do our best to ensure you receive the proper training to ensure your success for every assignment.
Committed To Success: We are committed to achieving success for our employees, associates, and clients through innovation and continual improvement.
Sense of Urgency: We are a results-driven team that understands the expectations of our Associates and Clients and we are dedicated to achieving mutual success.
Great Communication: Our goal is to share information in an effective, honest, and timely manner that encourages positive relationships.
No One Does It Alone: Our values will only be realized when we work as a team and every member is fully engaged in supporting our mission.
United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Through your investment, United Way is able to address the critical needs that matter most to you and our community and create a meaningful difference in people’s lives by: investing in nonprofit health and human service programs and services that address the most critical needs and deliver the greatest impact possible; implementing community impact initiatives and support year round programs that address new and emerging needs; and, forming strategic partnerships and collaborations—sharing responsibility and accountability for delivering meaningful and long-lasting results.
Our focus is on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life.
PROGRAMS OF UNITED WAY OF BEMIDJI AREA
In the Bemidji area, 1 in 5 children experience food insecurity and hunger. The Backpack Buddies program was developed to help ensure that children in the Bemidji school district have access to nutritious, non-perishable and easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.
The program provides backpacks filled with food that is child friendly, non-perishable, and easily consumed free of charge. An average weekly menu consists of: 2 entrees, 1 snack, 2 breakfast items, 1 vegetable, 2 fruits, and 2 milks, and 1 high protein item. The food is purchased from the North Country Food Bank and community groups and volunteers package the food each month.
The food packs are discretely distributed to children, as best determined by the school, on the last day before weekends and all scheduled school breaks/holiday breaks.
Thanks to Sanford Health, the program has expanded to feed more than 450 children, who have been referred by school staff as experiencing food insecurity or hunger, each weekend and school break. The program currently serves all Bemidji school district schools.
COATS FOR THE COMMUNITY
Each year donations of gently used, clean winter coats and outerwear for men, women, children and infants are collected. More than 3,000 cold-weather items are collected and distributed to our Bemidji neighbors to keep them warm and dry during the winter.
HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR KIDS
Each year between 800 and 1000 children, ages 0-16, experience a joyful Christmas thanks to the generosity and kindness of others. Parents or legal guardians register for the Holiday Gifts for Kids program and have the opportunity to choose a gift for their child on distribution day. In addition, each family receives a board game to enjoy together.
SOMEONE SPECIAL VOLUNTEERS
United Way of Bemidji Area partners with Ken K. Thompson Jewelry, KB101 Radio, and The Bemidji Pioneer, to recognize the value of volunteerism.
The Someone Special Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for any individual, organization, business, or group, to recognize up to two volunteers who have made a difference within the community through volunteering.
Community Resource Connections (CRC) is a nonprofit membership organization serving Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater and Hubbard Counties.
MNsure Navigators: Application for Medical Assistance, Minnesota Care, and Qualified Health Plans offered through the state of Minnesota’s health exchange. CRC staff provide computer and internet access, and question by question guidance. No cost to you. Appointments required.
Service Access: Assistance finding the resources you need. CRC staff will educate you about your service options, assist you with service applications, and advocate for you when the system doesn’t work as you need it to work. No cost to you.
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS): CRC’s Blackduck office site takes applications and serves as a dissemination point for food commodities provided through Second Harvest Food Bank. Eligibility is based on age (60+) and income (call for guidelines). Free monthly food boxes containing a $40 value of non-perishable food items.
Community Service Agency Membership: CRC works with community service agencies to organize and publish a hard copy resource directory as well as this electronic version. Other member services include: facilitation of networking meetings, cooperative marketing events, nonprofit start up guidance, and program support.
Community Resource Connections: 5 Locations:
For all 3 Bemidji locations call: 218-333-0880 (an auto voice attendant will request that you leave your name and telephone number: the first available staff member in either of our Bemidji office locations will return your call, usually within an hour or faster
1. CRC Headquarters: 716 Paul Bunyan Dr NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
2. CRC at the Northern Dental Access Center: 1405 Anne St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
3. CRC at the County Community Services Building: 616 America Avenue NW Bemidji MN 56601 Suite 220
4. CRC at the Blackduck Resource Center: 218-835-5768 #17 Main St. (Moon Drug Building), PO Box 414, Blackduck, MN 56630
5. CRC at Walker-based BI-CAP: 218-547-3438 ext. 115 8245 Industrial Park Road NW Walker MN 56484 Mailing address PO Box 995 Walker MN 56484
Our Mission: Providing education, mentoring and support services that build strong individuals and families in the Northland Community School District.
- Education is an important key to building self-sufficient individuals and strong families.
- Every person has value. We operate out of consideration for each individual’s dignity.
- Strong families build strong communities.
- Healthy families and community systems are essential to supporting sustainable change in individuals.
- We strive for communities in which people are interdependent.
- We collaborate with other organizations that support our mission.
The Northland Area Family Services Center was created as a unique way to give rural access to county and educational services, and to meet community needs through innovative programming. Incorporated in 1996 as a 501C3, we serve the Northland Community School District and parts of Leech Lake Reservation. This is a population of 4,474 people (5.26 persons per square mile). In our service area 20% of households make less than $20,000 and 11.9% or 536 people in our community live below the poverty line.
Great River Rescue is dedicated to operating an animal shelter for the purpose of finding a quality forever home for each animal we serve, encouraging a community of responsible companion animal guardians, eliminating the community’s need to euthanize dogs and cats as a means of population control, and promoting a society where companion animals become more valued.
Crisis Support and Advocacy– Available 24/7. Call the office number and you can leave a Non-emergent message or stay on the line to be routed to a live dispatch. Free & confidential crisis intervention.
Regional Navigator for sexually exploited and trafficked individuals
Operated by non-profit, Canvas Health, Crisis Text Line allows users to communicate with trained counselors via confidential text messaging. Counselors help people of all ages and walks of life get to an emotionally and physically safe place and then direct them to community resources that can provide longer-term support. They serve many counties and all Tribal Nations located in Minnesota. Text “MN” to 741741.
Our Mission: The Bemidji Community Food Shelf is a faith-based, caring place that listens to those who are experiencing food insecurity. We work with our partners to be inclusive and to provide fresh, nourishing foods for those living in Beltrami County and the Bemidji School District.
Households may make one visit per calendar month which will provide about 10 meals, or 3-5 days of food per household. Services are based on income eligibility. We are also a distribution site for Nutrition Assistance Program for Sneiors (NAPS) boxes for income eligible seniors 60 and over. Applications are available at the food shelf.
Please bring a current ID if you have one. We will need the names and birthdates of household members and the gross income for the household.
Bemidji Community Food Shelf (BCFS) is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Cass County Online Resource Directory http://www.co.cass.mn.us/pdfs/resource_directory.pdf
Court Administration 218-547-7200
Driver’s License Exams/Driving Tests 218-547-2202
Driver’s License/ATV/Birth/Death/Marriage Certificates/Notary/ID Cards 218-547-7247
Northland Area Family Service Center, Remer 218-566-3636
Pilager Family Center 218-746-4009
Pine River-Backus Family Center 218-587-4292
Walker Police 218-547-5507
Public Transit/Pine River 1-866-925-7433
Rule 25 and Chemical Dependency Assessment:
Pine River 218-587-8292
Cass Lake/Leech Lake Tribal Program 218-335-8382
Includes: Adult Services/Behavioral Health/Child Protection/Intake and Assessment/Child Support/Family Health/Fraud/Home Care and Managed Care/Income Maintenance 218-547-1340
Public Health/WIC 218-335-8291
Outlying office in Backus 218-947-7530
Veteran’s Services 218-947-7530
Outlying office in Backus 218-947-7530
The Bemidji Community Soup Kitchen organizes four free meals a week at two area churches. Anyone that is hungry and would like to share a meal is welcome. There are no income guidelines or forms required. The meal is free to anyone who comes through our doors. Thus an open table!
Dine with us Mondays and Tuesdays from 5-6pm (doors open at 4:30pm) at:
Mount Zion 414 Lincoln Ave SE Bemidji
Dine with us Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-6pm (doors open at 4:30pm) at:
United Methodist Church 924 Beltrami Ave NW Bemidji
A four county consortium (Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods) for improving the path of mental health in the region; consumers, families, and providers participate. Meetings are the first Monday of each month, 1-3pm, in a different county each month. Beltrami residents call Jeff Lind.
We offer tools and training for employment and for helping seniors remain independent and active. As Minnesota’s accessible reading source we also transcribe books and other materials into alternative formats, including audio and braille. We assist Minnesotans who are blind, DeafBlind, losing vision, or who have another disability that makes it difficult to read print.
SERVING: Mahnomen County
Mahnomen County Heartland Express provides general public transportation throughout Mahnomen County. Heartland Express provides dial-a-ride and flexible route bus service throughout Mahnomen County. We also provide trips to and from White Earth and Ogema in Becker County.
Three daily routes will be running Monday-Friday. A bus will be going to Fargo once a week for anyone who wishes to shop or has a medical appointment. Medical appointments need to be scheduled no earlier than 10 am and all clients must be done with their appointments no later than 2:45 pm.
Volunteer Services to Fargo for medical purposes will be on Wednesday. Anyone who wants a ride must call into the transit office at least one day in advance to schedule a ride. Appointments need to be made between 9 am and 2 pm.
Volunteer Services to Detroit Lakes for medical purposes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. Anyone who wants a ride must call into the transit office at least one day in advance to schedule a ride. Appointments need to be made between 9 am and 2 pm.
Ambulance/Red Lake 218-679-3327
Anishinabe Legal Services 218-679-2281
Balancing our Lifestyle 218-679-4144
Boys and Girls Club/Ponemah 218-554-7596
Boys and Girls Club/Red Lake 218-679-2556
Chemical Health Department 218-679-3392
Child Care Assistance Program 218-679-3350
Child Support 218-679-2306
Clinic Ponemah 218-554-7333
Comp Health 218-679-3316
Conservation Department 218-679-1908
Detention Center 218-679-4284
Division of Rehab 218-679-2152
Elderly Maintenance 218-679-2202
Elderly Nutrition Program 218-679-3339
Elementary/Red Lake 218-679-3329
ENP/Red Lake 218-679-3339
Enrollment Office 218-679-1842
Family and Children’s Services 218-679-2122
Fire Dept/Ponemah 218-554-7377
Fire Dept/Red Lake 218-679-3473
Fitness Center/Humanities 218-679-4199
Fitness Center/Ponemah 218-554-7503
Fitness Center/Red Lake 218-679-4228
Food Distribution 218-679-3720
Halfway House 218-679-3387
Headstart/Red Lake 218-679-3396
Health Station Little Rock 218-679-3717
Health Station Redby 218-679-3391
High School 218-679-3733
Higher Education 218-679-3350
Homeless Shelter 218-679-3171
Hospital/Red Lake 218-679-3912
Housing Authority 218-679-3368
Housing Finance 218-679-3897
Human Resources 218-679-1847
Humanities Building 218-679-4199
Indian and Free Drug Abuse 218-679-3321
Indian Health Services/Red Lake 218-679-0168
Juvenile Judge 218-679-3851
Middle School 218-679-2700
New Beginnings 218-679-3350
New Beginnings Child Center 218-679-3350
Outpatient/Red Lake 218-679-3995
Perpich Extended Care Center 218-679-3400
Police Department 218-679-3313
Ponemah Transportation 218-554-7347
Ponemah Dental 218-554-7333
Post Office/Ponemah 218-554-7374
Post Office/Red Lake 218-679-9329
Post Office/ Redby 218-679-2124
Pregnant Women and Families 218-679-3331
Red Lake Day Care 218-679-3330
Red Lake Dental Care 218-679-0131 or 218-679-0119
Red Lake Nation College 218-679-2860
Red Lake Nation Newspaper 218-679-3561
Red Lake Transit 218-679-2395 or 1-877-239-9295
Redby Group Home 218-679-3868
Senior Apartments 218-679-3712
St. Mary’s Mission 218-679-3388
Treatment Center 218-679-2375
Tribal Council 218-679-3341
Tribal Courts 218-679-3303
Tribal Realty 218-679-1991
Veteran’s Outreach 218-936-5650
Veteran’s Service Office 218-936-5650
Vocational Rehab 218-679-3350
WIC Program 218-679-3134
Women’s Shelter 218-679-3443
Youth Recreation Program 218-679-3950
Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program – Rule 25 assessments, peer counseling, group therapy, copoing and survival skills, supportive services, intake, court assistance, treatment placements, advocacy and referral services, HIV/AIDS education, aftercare services. PO Box 114, Red Lake, MN 56671 218-679-3995
Community Action Program (CAP) – Winter weatherization guidance and energy assistance.
15531 Main Ave, Red Lake, MN 56671 218-679-1880
Elderly Maintenance Program – 60+ years, enrolled Red Lake Nation member, reside in the unit to be serviced (NOT RLHA unit). Snow plowing, grass cutting, plastic windows, replacement of needed water heater, sump pump, pressure tanks and electrical problems, minor carpentry, grab bars, window and deck repairs.
PO Box 565, 15280 Fire Station Road, Red Lake, MN 56671
Housing Authority Programs 218-679-3368
Rental Programs: Low rent program and NAHASDA, ARRA Rental and Marif Rental, Federal Tax Credit
Homeownership Programs: Mutual Help, NAHASDA and Walking Shield, Federal Tax Credit, Modernization Assistance, Beltrami County outside of the reservation Rental Assistance and Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance.
Housing Finance Corporation Programs: Mortgage Program and Rental Program
Indian and Free Prevention/Treatment Program 218-679-3321
PO Box 100, Red Lake, MN 56671
Counseling, individual, group, peer and family. Intake, assessments, follow-up/aftercare, adult and youth outpatient, transportation, recreational activities, cultural programs and self-help programs and tutoring.
Northern Winds Primary Treatment Center (Gii-Waa-Din) 218-679-3387
PO Box 114, Red Lake, MN 56671
Residential primary inpatient treatment for alcohol and drugs with counseling: group, individual, family and spiritual. Transportation, education and employment assistance, recreational and occupational therapy. Eligibility requirements: 16+ years, male or female. Court ordered or self-referral or as part of a continuing treatment.
15525 Mendota Ave, Redby, MN 56670, PO Box 416, Redby, MN 56670
Employment services, GED/ABE Education, Career Development, Financial Skills for families, Ganawenindiwag (Cultural Program) “Taking Care of Each Other”
Pregnant Women and Families Program 218-679-3331
PO Box 114, Red Lake, MN 56671
Individualized Treatment Plan and Counseling, Outpatient Group Counseling, Alcohol/Chemical Dependency Education, Aftercare Planning and Referrals, Rule 25 Assessments, Case Management, Spirituality and guidance upon request.
Red Lake Family an d Children’s Services 218-679-2122
Highway 1, Building 68, Red Lake, MN 56671
Family and children services work for the safety and wellbeing of children, and the preservation and strengthening of families within cultural traditions.
Red Lake Food Distribution Program 218-679-3720
PO Box 253, Redby, MN 56670
15860 Ogema Ave, Redby, MN 56670
Red Lake Nation Government Center 218-679-3720
15484 Migizi Dr, Red Lake, MN 56671
Teen Parent Program 218-679-3350
Help with MFIP eligibility, Case Management, Educational and Career Planning, Financial Management, Home Visiting, parenting skills, supportive services for transportation and employment, childcare to attend school.
Red Lake Medical Transportation: 218-679-3327
Ponemah Medical Transportation: 218-554-7347
Elderly Transportation Services: 218-554-7347
Red Lake Homeless Shelter (Mishkwaa-ga-mii-wii-zaaga’iganiing Gilwishiiwigamig) 218-679-3171
15855 Main Ave, Red Lake, MN 56671
Mail: PO Box 280, Red Lake, MN 56671
Red Lake Women’s Shelter (Equay Wiigamig) 218-679-3443
Crisis Line: 218-679-3737 (can call collect) or 1-800-943-8997
24 hour advocacy, crisis intervention, O.F.P.’s, safety planning, Talking Circles, Cultural Teaching Circiles.
The Children’s Healing Center (Abinoojiyag Noojimoo-wigamig)
PO Box 583, Red Lake, MN 56671
Provision of behavioral and cognitive skills, problem solving skills, communication skills, court order compliance.
2900 Hannah Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601
1-866-258-6345 dials into the Bemidji office location