HOURS OF AVAILABILITY
Members in 1st through 3rd grade:
2:40pm -6:00 p.m., M-F
Members in 4th through 12th grade
2:40-7 p.m., M-F
12:30-5:30 p.m., M-F
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., M-F
Weather closings: We follow ISD 31 for weather closings.
All Club activities support youth development in at least one of three key program areas:
- Academic success to help youth achieve academic goals, stay in school, explore career interests, learn new skills and consider post-secondary education options.
…Project Learn engages Club members in tutoring, homework help, service projects and fun learning activities.
…Power Hour, ages 6-18, time set aside for working on homework, every day after school.
…Tutoring, ages 6-18, trained tutors work with Club members in specific subject areas.
….Bemidji Area Reading Canines, ages 6-12, read aloud to a specially trained dog to help youth build confidence in their reading skills.
….Technology Lab, ages 6-18, builds digital literacy by teaching kids how to use basic software and be safe online.
….Career Launch, ages 14-18, provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success.
….Money Matters, ages 6-18, builds basic personal money management skills, including budgeting, saving and investing.
….National Fine Arts, ages 6-18, encourages artistic expression through drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, collage, mixed media and sculpture.
2. Healthy lifestyles to help youth engage in positive behaviors that nurture well-being, set personal goals and grow into self-sufficient adults, including daily physical activity, healthy food choices and an appreciation for the outdoors.
….Triple Play activities promote a healthy mind, body and soul.
….Healthy Habits, ages 6-18, incorporates healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience with an emphasis on good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being.
….Club greenhouse, ages 6-18, on-site greenhouse engages youth in gardening, including cultivation and harvesting, planning healthful meals and snacks and selling fresh produce to area businesses and the Bemidji School District.
….Laketrails, ages 12-18, introduces up to 15 Club members to the wilderness with an eight-day canoeing adventure on Lake of the Woods.
….Goals for Growth, ages 6-12, builds skills needed to set and achieve goals and maintain motivation.
….SMART Moves, ages 6-18, helps youth resist the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and avoid premature sexual activity.
….Leadership Club, ages 12-18, engages Club members in leadership within the Club. Participants assist Club staff in the gym, game room and kitchen and volunteer within the Club and the community.
3. Character and leadership to empower youth to become engaged in the Club and the community, sustain meaningful relationships, respect one another and participate in the democratic process.
….Torch Club, ages 11-13, a small-group leadership and service club that focuses on service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation. Clubs can compete nationally for service awards.
….Keystone Club, ages 13-18, provides teens an opportunity to gain leadership and service experience as they conduct activities in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service.
….Youth of the Year, ages 14-18, to recognize a teen Club member who exemplifies excellence in service to the Club, commitment to community and family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals and public speaking.
….Youth for Unity, ages 6-18, promotes and celebrates diversity while combating prejudice, bigotry and discrimination. Youth of all ages learn to appreciate themselves as unique and special individuals, understand diversity in society, recognize bias and unfairness and take personal leadership confronting bias.
….Year of Service Initiative, ages 6-18, focuses on a variety of events that provide opportunities for youth to engage as volunteers in the community or at the Club.
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.
Pine River-Backus Family Center-Pine River 218-587-4292
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.
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.
We are 2.7 million strong – 1.9 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe that when girls are given the opportunity they can change the world.
Renew your membership at: GIRLSCOUTSLP.ORG/RENEW
Become a Girl Scout!
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
BI-CAP Bemidji Location: 6601 Bemidji Avenue North Bemidji MN 56601
Telephone: 218-751-4631 or 1-800-332-7161
BI-CAP Walker Location: 8245 Industrial Park Road NW Walker MN 56484
Mailing address: PO Box 995 Walker MN 56484
Telephone: 218-547-3438 or 1-800-332-7135
Supportive Housing Program: Rental Assistance, Family Homeless Prevention, Transitional Housing, Housing Locator Program, Emergency Solutions Housing, HUD Scattered Site Housing, Long Term Homeless Rental Assistance, Permanent Supportive Housing.
Weatherization: A variety of options that work to improve the energy efficiency and safety of existing housing.
Energy Assistance: Financial assistance to help pay a portion of home energy and heating bills; income eligibility guidelines apply.
Energy Crisis Program: Financial response to a heating emergency
Energy Related Repair: for homeowners experiencing a life threatening no-heat emergency.
Youth Build: An educational program for ages 16-24 who have left the traditional school system. Providing an opportunity for youth to spend 32 hours per week in academics, leadership development, and construction training.
YouthBuild is located at 3023 Mill Street NE Bemidji MN 56601.
Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) : Prenatal, infant toddler, preschool and family development program providing may free services to eligible families.
BI-CAP Head Start Locations:
Bemidji: 1601 Bemidji Avenue NW Bemidji MN 56601
Blackduck: 372 Summit Ave W, Blackduck, MN 56630
Kelliher: 345 4th St NW Kelliher, MN 56650 (co-located with Kelliher schools)
Walker: 301 4th Street Walker MN 56484 (co-located with Walker schools)
Backus: 320 1st Avenue E. Backus, MN 56435
Pine River: 401 Murray Avenue Pine River, MN 56474 (co-located with Pine River schools)
Pillager: 323 East 2nd St South Pillager, MN 56473 (co-located with Pillager schools)
A community based organization committed to strengthening youth and preserving families. Evergreen serves: School-age youth 9-17 and their parents, parents of children and youth ages 0-21, young adults ages 18-24, runaway and homeless youth and young adults, youth who have experienced crime, abuse, or sexual exploitation/trafficking, youth in foster care, residential treatment programs and other out of home placements, youth with alcohol and drug issues, pregnant and parenting youth and young adults, youth with mental health issues, youth experiencing conflict at home or school, LGBT youth and their families.
Crisis Shelter & Family Support & Coaching
622 Mississippi Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601
Ages: 9–17 (Parents can seek advice and/or refer their children here.)
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays
Crisis Hotline (Youth or Parent): (218) 751-4332
24 hours per day, 7 days per week including holidays
Youth & Family Counseling
610 Patriot Dr NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
Ages: Youth ages 14-21 & Parents
Drop-ins are welcome, but appointments are suggested
Youth Drop-In Center/Street Outreach
610 Patriot Dr NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
Youth Housing/Transitional Living Program
610 Patriot Dr NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
Independent Living Skills
610 Patriot Dr NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
Ages: 16–21 with current or prior out-of-home placement
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
610 Patriot Dr NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
622 Mississippi Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601
Contact: Suicide Prevention Coordinator at (218) 441-4565
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.
General information: email@example.com
Adoption information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Intake questions and kennel coordinator: email@example.com
Modsquad questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The Take A Kid Fishing Mission:
To introduce young people to the outdoors through fishing in a safe, fun, educational and mentored atmosphere. Providing the resources and opportunities so that area youth and families may experience firsthand and realize the healthy, fun and rewarding sport of fishing.
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
Kindred Family Focus provides:
Therapeutic Foster Care: Youth, ages birth through 21, with special needs who can benefit from support in a family setting. Needs specific to each person are assessed and matched to a foster home capable of meeting those special needs through an individualized care plan. Independent living programming is incorporated for youth ages 16+ who are transitioning into adulthood. Services are structured to prevent homelessness by focusing on the psychological, emotional and concrete coping skills needed for self-sufficiency. The program model includes: Trauma-sensitive care, careful selection of foster families, foster family respite, individual assessment, and collaboration with counties for reunification as appropriate, coordination, 24/7 on call services and crisis management, and specialized in-house clinical consultation.
Adoption Services: Kindred Family Focus provides adoption services to youth, age birth to 18 years, who are under the guardianship of the Commissioner. Kindred is part of the Public Private Adoption Initiative (PPAI) which is a program of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Services include: Child Placement Services, Adoption Home Studies and Updates, Adoption Training and Education, Child-Specific Recruitment Activities, Post-Adoption Services, and Relative Adoption Home Studies.
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.