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.
Holistic Support for People with Disabilities
LSS is committed to supporting individuals in making their own decisions that shape their quality of life, empowering them to live the life they imagine for themselves. Person-centered support means our wide array of services are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of individuals in a variety of settings.
My Life, My Choices is our innovative service delivery design focused on ensuring people with disabilities have meaningful relationships, access to services and opportunity to contribute to community.
The Bemidji LSS provides disability services, which include: Respite, In-Home services, Employment services, Housing Coordination Access, and Independent Living Skills.
LSS Statewide Services
Telephone: (888) 205-3769
Domestic, International, Special Needs, Birth Parent and Post-adoption Services
LSS Financial Counseling Service
Telephone: (888) 577-2227
Budget Counseling, Debt Management, and Counseling that concerns Housing, Bankruptcy, Reverse Mortgage or Credit Reports. Offices in Brainerd, Duluth, Eveleth, Hopkins, Mankato, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Willmar.
LSS Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Services
Telephone: (888) 205-3770
Senior volunteers with stipends provide tutoring services for school children or companionship and assistance for people who are elderly and frail. Services are provided in many counties. Call for additional information.
LSS Guardianship Options
Andrea Bilinski: Andrea.Bilinski@lssmn.org
Guardianship Options include Guardianship, Conservatorship, Power of Attorney, Care Coordination, and Personal Representative of the Estate.
LSS LifeWorks Employee Resource
Telephone: (888) 988-0098
Employee Assistance Programs, Organizational Development and Training
LSS Pregnancy and Birth Parent Services
Telephone: (888) 205-3769
Free confidential, non-directive pregnancy counseling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at all stages of pregnancy.
The mission of the Oshki Manidoo “New Spirit” Center is to be a healing place with a holistic approach for Native American youth and non-Native American Youth to begin to embrace healthy behaviors and attitudes that will transform them, their families and communities.
Program emphasis includes substance use disorder, cultural foundations, physical wellness and strengthening family connections.
Youth will return to their community following successful discharge with a new outlook, understanding their importance as an integral part of the larger community, chemical free and able to sustain sobriety and continue their journey toward healthy living.
Operated by the White Earth Tribal Council
CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Dental Clinic provides long-term, comprehensive dental care for people with state-provided insurance plans.
We Can Help You if You Have:
- State-approved insurance such as MnCare with dental coverage
- Medical Assistance
- Veteran’s Administration coverage with prior approval
- Reduced-rate dental care through WIC
- Exams, diagnostics, & treatment plans
- Restoration of diseased/decayed teeth
- Tooth removal
- Full & partial dentures
- Preventative services
Preventative services include cleanings, sealants on children’s molars, fluoride treatments, and oral hygiene instruction. When necessary our staff dentists complete surgical services on site or refer patients to the appropriate specialist.
Community Dental Clinic staff also provide outreach and education to students in area schools.
Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline
Free, confidential, 24/7. This call center is located in Minnesota. Calls are answered by trained staff and volunteers. If you or someone you know is struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts — call. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to somebody you don’t know.
Assisting individuals with disabilities to live independently, pursue meaningful goals and have the same opportunities and choices as all people.
Access North provides five core services that all 400-plus Centers for Independent Living offer nationwide:
- Independent Living Skills Training
- Information and Referral
- Peer Mentoring/Group Support
- Transition to Community
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.
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.
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)
At the heart of Recover Health is a mission to create relationships that make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Interdisciplinary home care teams with specialized competencies work together to improve a client’s health journey and make a difference in the every day activities that impact a client’s life.
Recover Health staff provides a full range of home health care services with the greatest of care and the utmost compassion. Each client’s dignity is maintained with exceptional service and extraordinary care. Recover Health is a Medicare-certified home health agency offering the following services.
Skilled Nursing Services
Pediatric Nursing Services
Complex Skilled Hourly Nursing
Home Health Aid Services
Independent Living Services
Eleven locations in Minnesota
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
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.
We offer help with basic reading and math, and we provide support for those seeking GED’s, the Standard Adult Diploma, citizenship, English language, computer skills and more!