Mission Statement: Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.
As a branch of the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Beltrami County Extension Service is committed to delivering high-quality, relevant educational programs and information to it’s citizens and communities. Our statewide network of researchers, educators, and volunteers addresses critical needs by focusing on issues where research-based education can make a difference.
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
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
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)
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.
NBWS is a domestic violence emergency crisis shelter and advocacy program supporting victim/survivors of intimate partner violence. NBWS provides individual and group emotional support, meals, items to meet basic needs (personal hygiene products, clothing, household items), access to on-site mental health services, transportation, and referrals to other resources. NBWS also provides legal advocacy which includes assistance with filling out Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders, court accompaniment (for civil or criminal cases), tracking court matters on behalf of victim/survivors, and referrals to legal resources. NBWS provides individual, institutional and social change advocacy.
Toll-Free 800-588-6229 (24 hour)
Building (Interest free home loans):
Northwoods Habitat for Humanity builds simple, decent, affordable homes with selected partners who contribute 300 hours of sweat equity either by working on their own or other Habitat homes, or volunteering with Habitat and sells the home to the partner with a zero interest mortgage. Must have the ability to pay long term (25-30 year) mortgage and willingness to partner with Habitat.
A building supply thrift store that sells donated surplus and gently used building materials, furniture, appliances and unique items to support H abitat’s building program and eliminate waste in our local landfills.
A Brush with Kindness (ABWK):
A nation-wide program that serves low-income homeowners struggling to maintain the exterior of their homes. Assistance includes, but is not limited to, exterior repairs, (deck, sidewalk, ramp, painting, etc.) landscaping, and yard clean up. For low income homeowners (seniors, veteran, people with disabilities).
A community-based group of individuals and agencies coordinating regional suicide prevention efforts. The mission is to promote healthy communities by eliminating suicide in the region through advocacy and community involvement. This group is facilitated by the Beltrami Area Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator.
Local Crisis Line in Beltrami, Hubbard, & Clearwater Counties: 1-800-422-0045
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Texting Crisis line, Text “LIFE” to 61222
TXT4LIFE, link to website
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.
Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities. IEN accomplishes this by maintaining an informational clearinghouse, organizing campaigns, direct actions and public awareness, building the capacity of community and tribes to address EJ issues, development of initiatives to impact policy, and building alliances among Indigenous communities, tribes, inter-tribal and Indigenous organizations, people-of-color/ethnic organizations, faith-based and women groups, youth, labor, environmental organizations and others. IEN convenes local, regional and national meetings on environmental and economic justice issues, and provides support, resources and referral to Indigenous communities and youth throughout primarily North America – and in recent years – globally.
A faith based, residential chemical dependency treatment program. The purpose of the program is to provide the means for clients to become productive, sober members of society. Further it is our purpose to benefit society by identifying, developing and supporting each client’s innate talents and abilities. The target population for Restore House are men who have completed a Rule 25 and are recommended for high (30 hours per week) or medium (15 hours per week) intensity residential chemical dependency treatment.
A seasonal, open air farmers market committed to providing customers with fresh, locally grown and harvested produce. The food is not only fresh but tastes better and by buying locally you are supporting the local economy and reducing the amount of energy used in transportation. In addition, our vendors use natural growing methods to not only give you better produce but a green and better tomorrow. All arts and fine crafts are designed and produced locally. We invite you to visit us and discover a new way to buy produce and other fine locally produced products. With live music by local musicians, chef’s demonstrations, and other special events we offer a destination that is fun for the whole family.
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence based model for providing comprehensive community-based treatment to person with severe and persistent mental illness. The Headwaters ACT Team is a multidisciplinary group organized as mobile mental health service providers.
ACT is a way of delivering a full range of services to people who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness.
Elements of ACT:
-With ACT, consumers are hospitalized less often and have more stable housing
-Team members are involved and familiar with all consumers
-The team works one on one with individual clients and families
-Cultural respect and guidance is offered by a Cultural Coordinator
With ACT, consumers get help taking care of their basic needs – taking medications, cooking and many other individual needs. The ACT team helps consumers find housing, apply for food stamps, go back to school, or get a job.
How does ACT work?
A Team Approach: An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), RN, licensed mental health professionals, mental health practitioners, an employment specialist, a peer support specialist, a cultural coordinator, and a substance abuse specialist join together on ACT teams to give consumers ongoing, individualized care.
Services Provided Where They are Needed: Consumers receive ACT services in their homes, where they work, and in other settings in the community where problems occur or where support is needed.
Personalized Care: ACT teams work with relatively small numbers of people, those in greatest need of intensive services to live independently in the community.
Time-Unlimited Support: ACT teams give consumers services and support they need for as long as they need them.
Continuous Care: ACT team members work regularly with frequency of services that can range from several contacts a day to once a week or less depending on the need of the client.
Flexible Care: ACT teams fit their schedules around the needs of the consumers.
Comprehensive Care: ACT teams provide an array of services to help meet consumer needs, including case management, nursing, representative payor services, vocational, medication management, alcohol and drug services and skill building.
The Bemidji Senior Center, officially known as The Beltrami County Senior Citizen Council on Aging, is located in beautiful downtown Bemidji at 216 Third Street NW. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM the building comes alive early as the Senior Creations Gift Shop opens for business and seniors come in for the various programs offered. The Senior Center is a place where active adults can receive nutritious meals, socialization, exercise, tax assistance, a driver safety refresher course, informative lectures, creative activities, volunteer opportunities, and a sense of belonging.
LSS Nutrition Program: Lunch every day Monday – Friday at noon. You MUST call at least one day in advance to reserve your meal. Call between 9:00am – 1:00pm to make a reservation. Suggested contribution for seniors age 60+ is $4.00. People under age 60 is $8.00. Gift certificates and meal tickets are available at the site. Delivery to your home is also available (Meals on Wheels).
Tax Assistance: AARP tax preparation counselors provide assistance for seniors and low-income individuals Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:15am – 3:15pm starting the end of January through mid-April. Help with property tax and rent refunds are available the second Monday of each month from May – September from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Assistance is provided on a first come, first serve basis. This is a free service, however, donations to the center are appreciated.
The Bemidji Area Indian Center intends to serve as a community resource hub for the American Indian families living in and around the Bemidji area.
OUR MISSION: “BRINGING HOPE AND CHANGE THROUGH CLIENT-CENTERED TREATMENT THAT FOCUSES ON THE POTENTIAL FOR HEALTHIER INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILY SYSTEMS.”
WHO CAN I HELP?
People struggling with acculturation concerns.
Adjustment concerns (event-related stress, anxiety or anger onset in relation to adjusting to new family roles or losses (new caregiving roles), world or life events, employment changes and more.
Individuals who need to regain their self-confidence and self-worth; and who may benefit from setting some serious boundaries in life areas, so that they can move forward and feel happier and in control.
People who have just been stuck in their rut of feeling down for what may seem like forever. You may ask yourselves, “Was I born with this dark cloud? Because, really. Ugh!”
People who struggle with addictions that include, but are not limited to: overworking, substances, exercise and body image issues.
People who secretly struggle with OCD, social phobia, and other anxiety concerns.
People who need a counselor who can think outside the box and actively engage with them to pursue the beginning stages of change.
HOW MAY I HELP YOU?
Dual diagnosis services
WE PROMISE TO:
Serve all patients.
Offer discounted fees to patients who qualify.
Not deny services based on a person’s: race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, inability to pay.
We accept insurance including: MA, CHIPS, Sanford Health Plan, Aetna, PrimeWest, BluePlus and BlueCross. We do work with some EAP services on a case by case basis.
Serve as a wellness provider offering free long term peer support to help individuals and families manage the chronic disease of addiction.
The Beltrami County Historical Society operates out of the Beltrami County History Center in the historic Great Northern Depot. They feature multiple, interactive exhibit galleries; a unique gift shop; and a research room and archives available to the public. Visit to show off your telegraphy skills, test your rural schoolteacher knowledge, listen to Native American flute music, and experience local history through our exhibits, events and programs.
$5 – Adults
$4 – Seniors
$3/adult – Groups of 5 or more
$1 – Children 6-12
FREE – Children 5 & under
FREE – Members of BCHS