A program of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. Financial counseling is available from Duluth. LSS is not able to provide these services from it’s Bemidji office.
Budget and Debt Counseling: Trained counselors help you develop a workable budget and an action plan to address all of your debts, and provide coaching and nonjudgmental counseling on all your options for debt repayment based on your individual situation. Services are free.
Debt Management Plan: A good solution if you are being buried in late fees and high interest or even if you are on time but just making no headway in paying down your debts. On a debt management plan you pay your creditors through one payment each month to LSS, allowing a faster way to get debts paid off.
Pregnancy support: free and confidential pregnancy testing, pregnancy and parenting education, mentoring, material support (maternity and baby clothes, cribs, car seats, etc.)
PO Box 635, Bemidji, MN 56619
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.
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
We provide unbiased information, reviewed by medical experts, so our readers can make an informed decision on the next steps in their, or a loved one’s, drug rehabilitation journey. Our goal is to help individuals and loved ones by providing them with information and support on different addictions and recovery resources available to them. We are an informational website that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together.
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.
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
Purpose: To raise awareness about stroke and brain injury and enhance the quality of life for all Minnesotans coping with it’s sudden and long term effects. We do this through advocacy and public policy, resource facilitation services – which provide personal one-on-one connection to information and resources, case management, educational and volunteer opportunities, and outreach to underserved and communities of color throughout Minnesota.
To raise awareness about stroke and brain injury and enhance the quality of life for all Minnesotans coping with it’s sudden and long term effects. We do this through advocacy and public policy, resource facilitation services – which provide personal and one-on-one connection to information and resources, case management, educational and volunteer opportunities, and outreach to underserved and communities of color throughout Minnesota.
Housing Matters connects and supports clients in the following areas:
Landlord and Tenancy Supports
In Home Case Management
Independent Living Skills
Assistance in understanding benefits
And many other services
The Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care is a program of the Minnesota Board on Aging. Regional ombudsmen and volunteers work to enhance the quality of life and services for people receiving long-term services and supports. The program also advocates for reform in long-term care through changes in state law, federal law and administrative policy.
An Ombudsman is an independent consumer advocate who:
- Investigates complaints about the health, safety, welfare and rights of Minnesotans receiving long-term services and supports
- Works to identify problems and resolve individual concerns
- Provides information and help with long-term care services, consumer rights and regulations
- Resolves disputes between consumers and providers about long-term care services
- Works with providers to promote a culture in which people have and can make choices.
Ombudsmen can help:
- Residents of nursing homes and board and care homes, including veterans’ homes
- Residents of adult care homes, such as housing with services, assisted living, customized living or foster care
- People receiving home care services
- Medicare beneficiaries who have concerns about getting into or being discharged from hospitals
- Anyone seeking help with long-term services and supports.
Ombudsmen work with residents, families and service providers to promote person-centered care and to identify issues in the long-term care system and advocate for change. They also handle complaints and problems from individuals related to:
- Quality of care and quality of life
- The Patient, Resident and Home Care Bill of Rights
- Discharge or eviction from nursing homes, board and care homes, veterans’ homes, assisted living and other long-term care or home and community-based service settings
- Termination of services, including home care, adult foster care, hospice, Elderly Waiver, Community Access for Disability Inclusion waiver and other long-term care community-based service programs
- Public benefit programs, such as Medicare, Medical Assistance, veterans’ services, long-term care insurance and other programs that directly affect an individual’s long-term care needs.
NWICDC is located in Bemidji, MN and provides services to more than 1,000 people and families annually. We prioritize the 60-mile radius, which includes the Red Lake Nation, White Earth Nation, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the administrative headquarters of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. This region continuously ranks the lowest in economic and social outcome indicators in Minnesota, and . The risk factors are complex and interrelated, meriting a holistic and integrated approach to recognizing, supporting and regenerating the protective factors, values and norms, implicit in traditional Anishinaabe Worldview.
What We Do
NWICDC implements five core initiatives with a three-tiered system that is informed by Anishinaabe worldview, trauma informed care and systems change:
- Traditional & Western Educational Pathways
- Workforce Development & Training
- Economic Security & Financial Access
- Family Wellness & Behavioral Health
- Safety & Basic Needs
Services and Programs:
- Anishinabe Basic Education, GED Tutoring & Test Assistance
- Post-secondary enrollment tools, scholarship, FAFSA
- Credentialed & Customized Job Readiness Courses
- Certified Nursing Assistance & Home Health Aide Certifications
- Community Health Worker Certifications
- Medical Coding Certification
- First Aid & CPR Certification
- Osha 10 and Osha 30
- Boiler Operator Certification
- Deconstruction Certification
- Job Seeking and application support
- Resume Building
- Interview coaching
- Mino Anokiiwin (Workforce Development)
- New employment navigation
- Post placement support and coaching
- Stabilization/Drop-in resources (phone, fax, computer
- Notary Services
- Housing Referrals
- Reintegration Supports
- Financial education and budgeting
- Tax Assistance Program
- Employment opportunities
- Traditional community gatherings and events
- Ojibwemowin opportunities
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Policy Advocacy
- Program Design, Development and Technical Assistances
Before child advocacy centers were created, child victims of crime often had to tell their stories to more than a dozen adults – police officers, prosecutors, doctors and social workers. They could be shuttled all over town giving depositions and getting medical exams. There was very little coordination between the various agencies. Consequently, children were traumatized repeatedly as they sought help. In some of the saddest cases, abused children simply fell through the cracks in the system that was supposed to save them. Likewise, prior to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs and Family Violence Intervention Programs victims were experiencing long waits in the emergency room, a lack of privacy, nervous and unskilled examiners, insensitivity, and improper evidence collection or loss of evidence.
In 2005, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, North Country Health Services, MeritCare Clinic of Bemidji, Midwest Children’s Resource Center of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN – St. Paul, MN and others joined to form a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to develop and operate a medical-model family violence center to serve the needs of Northern Minnesota.
FACNM is the only medical-model assessment center that currently exists in this region of the state. Moreover, the FACNM is one of the only centers in America to serve the needs of child sexual and physical abuse, adult sexual assault and domestic violence under one roof.
FACNM serves the entire ninth judicial district which includes the counties of Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Polk, Norman, Mahnomen, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, Hubbard, Koochiching, Itasca, Cass, Crow Wing, and Aitkin. In addition, the FACNM serves Red Lake, Leech Lake, and White Earth Reservations.
Today, all of the services needed by victims and their families – forensic interviews, medical exams, referrals and family support services – are clustered around one central location. FACNM is the hub where representatives from many disciplines meet to discuss and make decisions about the investigation, assessment, treatment and prosecution of victim related cases. They work together in the best interests of the victim, providing an immediate response and ongoing support to help children and families recover from the trauma of abuse or violence.
The Veterans Services Division is part of the Health, Human, and Veteran Services Department. Our goal is to provide unparalleled customer service to the veterans of Cass County, with an emphasis on individual needs and personalized benefits counseling. Our customers have paid in advance for these services and deserve only the best. An individual’s right to privacy and confidentiality is always respected. We are happy to assist veterans or their dependents on a walk-in or by appointment basis and we also offer service in several satellite locations throughout the county.
Where: 218 Washburn Avenue
When: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: Cass Lake Municipal Center, 330 2nd St. NW
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Pillager Family Center, 305 Fir Ave. West
When: 3rd Thursday of every month from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: The Depot, 45 West Main Street
When: The 1st Thursday of every month from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Health, Human and Veterans Services Building, 400 Michigan Ave W.
When: Monday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
A Wellstone Family Safety Program addressing supervised visitation, safe exchange, and a violence intervention program for men. Advocates for Family Peace creates awareness in our community by promoting safety, equality, and responsibility in intimate and family relationships.
Programs offered include: Advocacy, Housing, Intervention Program for Men and Fathers, Intervention Program for Women, Women’s Empowerment Group, Wellstone Family Safety Program and Community Outreach and Education.
Itasca County Office
Advocates for Family Peace
1611 NW 4th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
NE St. Louis County Office
Advocates for Family Peace
2125 E 2nd Ave, Suite 44
Hibbing, MN 55746
MCIL offers up-to-date information about community resources related to people with disabilities, including housing and benefits referral. This toll free telephone line is an information and referral service for people with disabilities, which was launched in 2004 by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. It provides service to the entire state from four locations, Metro, Rochester, Bemidji and Baxter.
Disability Hub can be reached statewide by calling toll-free, 1-866-333-2466 FREE. An Option Counselor will be available during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m) to provide one-to-one assistance to help people learn about their options and connect with the supports and services they choose.
At https://disabilityhubmn.org/ users can chat online with a counselor and/or view other Disability Hub resources.
Options is a non-profit organization committed to assisting individuals with disabilities to live independently in the communities of their choice and to eliminate barriers of attitude, architecture and communication from the environment.
Options: Interstate Resource Center for Independent Living (IRCIL) is a Resource Center for Independent Living. We are a private, nonprofit center that provides services to maximize the independence of individuals with disabilities. We are funded by various State and Federal grants, as well as private donations.
We are a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, non-residential center that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provide an array of independent living services . Our services are free of charge to individuals requesting them. Since October 1986, Options: IRCIL has worked to make our service area a better place to live, work and play for people with disabilities.
We serve counties in Northeast North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.
North Dakota counties include: Benson, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Steele, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Wells, Eddy and Foster.
Minnesota counties include: Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, Clearwater, and Hubbard.
Temporary and emergency shelter for homeless families and pregnant women.
Village of Hope promotes self worth and independence through the provision of temporary shelter and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness. We are unable to house individuals without families.
Residents are selected in accordance with the following eligibility criteria:
- The family unit must be homeless as defined by HUD guidelines.
- The primary applicant must be at least 18 years old and either pregnant or have primary guardianship/custody of one or more dependent children ages 17 or younger.
- All qualified households whose income at the time of initial occupancy does not exceed 50% or greater of the statewide or area median household income as determined by HUD and adjusted for families of five or more.
- Extended family members residing with the family prior to application for shelter at Village of Hope will be included in the definition of the “family unit”.
- The applicant must not be currently abusing alcohol or drugs.
- The applicant must be stable on psychiatric medications and prescribed medications for medical conditions and be willing to take them as prescribed.
- The applicant’s criminal history will be reviewed on an individual basis. Certain offenses may result in denial of admission. These may include sexual offenses requiring the tenant to register with local officials, violent crimes against persons or property, assault, arson or destruction of property.
- The applicant must not pose a risk of serious harm to self or others.
- The applicant must express a definite and informed desire to enter the emergency shelter program, including actively participating in a housing search and case management program.
- The applicant must be willing to accept group living including:
~A tolerance and respect for other shelter residents and staff,
~A willingness to adhere to shelter rules,
~A willingness to fully participate in maintaining the shelter and sharing cleaning and maintenance duties.
- If applicant is eligible for Group Residential Housing (GRH), the applicant must be willing to assist VILLAGE OF HOPE in verifying the requirements including documentation of:
~Disability and/or chemical dependency,
~Income and/or asset verification confirming applicant fits the requirements of the program.
Clients or referents call the central intake number (218-751-0722). General questions are answered regarding eligibility, homelessness, and anticipated openings. Referents that are not able to be accommodated immediately are placed on an optional waiting list while every attempt is made to assist the referent in identifying an alternative shelter plan.
Upon vacancy of a family unit the waiting list is reviewed and families with the highest level of need are invited to participate in the application process. This process includes the opportunity to:
1. View the facility
2. Review the terms of the agreement to participate in a housing search and case management
3. Review the resident rules
4. Sign releases of information to verify homelessness
5. Sign releases of information to verify income
Homelessness is determined by utilizing a checklist for eligibility and receiving the verification by a third party in writing, on the Minnesota Housing ”Housing Status Verification/Referral Form” whenever possible. In cases where no written independent verification is possible from a shelter, a case manager or other 3rd party, clients must complete and sign the Minnesota Housing “Housing Status Self-Certification Form” .
Once homelessness is verified, in writing, on the forms provided by Village of Hope, and exclusionary criteria are determined not applicable, applicants are forwarded to the Executive Director for review.
If an applicant is approved, they are accepted and will be allowed to move into Village of Hope. Once a room is available, the homeless advocates will coordinate a move-in date and time with the applicant.
There is no office so please call our number and leave a voicemail. We will get back to you within a few hours. We offer person-to-person service and support to individuals in need with such items as food/gas/clothing vouchers, utilities, rent, deposits, repairs, etc. We then schedule a home visit or meet with you in Bemidji. Even while we may be able to help with some immediate need, financial or household items, our primary focus is to partner with you and help you in the long term.
218-366-0174 – Walker
Intake/assessment, prevention education on fetal alcohol spectrum, positive cultural education, life skills, talking circles, cradleboard project, nutrition education, referrals to community agencies.