An Ombudsman is an independent government official responsible for reviewing government and government regulated agencies in an effort to ensure that their practices are fair, reasonable and appropriate. To do this, the ombudsman: Receives complaints, reviews, investigates and if appropriate, makes recommendations to remedy the complaints.
Pregnancy support: free and confidential pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, STI & UTI testing, pregnancy options counseling, moms support group, and material support (maternity and baby clothes, cribs, car seats, etc.)
PO Box 635, Bemidji, MN 56619
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.
Bemidji’s Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program and School Readiness (SR) are for all families in the Bemidji School District who have preschool age children. We recognize that parents are a child’s first and most important teachers — and that sometimes parents need support and encouragement for this responsibility! ECFE/SR offers a variety of classes for you and your child: infants to pre-kindergarten.
The Pillager Family Center currently serves as a “go-to” for community members. With two offices we serve as the liaison between Cass County and the Pillager School District. Our main office houses our Food Shelf and many County forms and references a community member might need. In addition we offer teleconference video services with County workers, WIC Clinics, Food Shelf, MAC and NAPS distribution, and serve as an information spot. Our satellite office is adjacent to the Pillager Elementary School. From here we coordinate the Little Huskies Daycare, Early Childhood Family Education programs, ECSE, Pre-school, and Head Start. Because we are so centrally located in two different locations, we are able to meet our communities needs in ways other entities may not.
Parking is available in front of the Family Center doors on the south side of Pillager City Hall.
323 E. 2nd Street
Pillager, MN 56473
Our mission to change the course of children’s lives by stabilizing families and strengthening mental health is woven into everything we do. Our goal is to help youth and families achieve and maintain safety, permanency, and well-being. We provide a continuum of services to help youth and families recover, rehabilitate, and reintegrate to live happier, healthier lives.
Nexus-Kindred Family Healing provides:
Foster Care: for youth with unique needs, ages birth through 21, who can benefit from support with a family setting. Individualized support plans for youth. Careful assessment of youths’ needs to match with a qualified foster home. Assessment of youth’s needs and strengths using the CANS assessment tool- Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths. Special care for youth with complex medical conditions that might otherwise require hospitalization or institutional care. Support services to youth ages 14 and older who are transitioning to independent living.
Adoption Services: Nexus-Kindred Family Healing is designated by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to license adoptive homes and place youth who are under state or tribal guardianship for the purpose of adoption. Services provided free of charge include: Adoption Training and Education, Adoption Home Studies and Updates, Relative Adoption Services, Child-specific Recruitment, Child Placement Services, and Post-Adoption Services.
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.
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: 1603 Bemidji Avenue NW Bemidji MN 56601
Blackduck: 372 Summit Ave W, Blackduck, MN 56630 / 218-835-7164
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) / 218-947-4813
Pillager: 323 East 2nd St South Pillager, MN 56473 (co-located with Pillager schools)
Evergreen Shelter Program- for youth 9-17 and their families
Open: 24/7 365 days a year
Services- Crisis Shelter, Family Support/Coaching, and Rock Sober, Monday-Thursday 10:00-6:00
Street Address: 622 Mississippi Ave Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone Number: 218-751-4332
Fax Number: 218-751-3830
Evergreen Youth Services- for older teens and young adults through age 24
Open: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00
Services- Mental Health Counseling, Youth Drop-in Center, Street Outreach, Transitional Living, Independent Living Skills, Safe Harbor, Crime Victims Services, Housing
Street Address: 610 Patriot Dr. NW Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone Number: 218-751-8223
Fax Number: 218-751-8070
Mailing Address: Evergreen Youth & Family Services, PO Box: 662, Bemidji, MN 56619
Evergreen Youth & Family Services is community-based organization committed to strengthening youth and preserving families through building relationships with those living in northern Minnesota. Evergreen serves a variety of persons in need, including needs for safe shelter, food, coaching, counseling, healing, jobs, referrals, treatment, independent and life skills, parenting skills, and more.
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
MN ADOPT serves adoptive, kinship, and foster families by providing information, resources, education, public awareness, and support in an effort to find stable and permanent homes for Minnesota’s Waiting Children.
Our name has changed and our mission has broadened. Today, MN ADOPT is the only non-placing agency in the state of Minnesota that provides programs and services to fully support adoptive, kinship and foster families and their children.
MN ADOPT (formerly know as Minnesota Adoption Resource Network or MARN) was founded in 1980 by a group of adoptive and foster parents. Their mission was focused on advocating for the rights of every child to ensure they find a permanent and nurturing family.
MN ADOPT welcomes inquiries about how to begin and prepare for the adoption process, adoption assistance, expenses and how agencies and counties facilitate adoption of Minnesota’s Waiting Children. Contact us at 1.866.303.6276 or email us.
The Area Learning Center provides a rigorous curriculum that demands a high level of engagement in academics, positive behaviors, exemplary attendance, social skill building and teamwork, which allows hands-on, project-based, community service projects to connect to real world learning. The MN Graduation Standards are embedded in the curriculum. Students receive instruction in a variety of ways and settings.
- Individualized Instruction: CLPs (Continual Learning Plans) are tailored to meet the student’s academic needs and interests.
- Intensives: Focus on a particular topic covering all academic disciplines for a short, intensive amount of time with a variety of fieldwork in different core classes.
- Adventure/Fitness: Innovative Physical Education Curriculum that focuses on fitness, wellness, and nutrition.
- In-Depth Investigation: Interesting, purposeful, engaging investigation of compelling topics. Reading and writing activities are embedded throughout the board.
- Independent Study: Students many take advantage of a wide spectrum of classes at the ALC by enrolling Dual-Enrolled or Full-Time. This program also offeres Teen Parenting Classes
Intake/assessment, prevention education on fetal alcohol spectrum, positive cultural education, life skills, talking circles, cradleboard project, nutrition education, referrals to community agencies.
Fostering communication, compassion and connection leading to respectful relationships and healthier individuals and communities.
Social Emotional Learning: Training for students and educators
ACEs Education: For educators and communities on Adverse Childhood Experiences and building resiliency
Cultural Responsiveness: Consultation and training on how to respond to a wide variety of cultural perspectives.
Mindfulness training: For students and educators
STAR (Students Teaching Attitudes of Respect): Youth leadership program for 6th-7th graders conducted in conjunction with the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.
A Native American Indian organization, committed to community-centered holistic care for all pregnant and birthing mothers, and their families. Services are delivered by knowledgeable, respectful and compassionate caregivers while honoring the wisdom that exists in all cultures for the celebration of birth. Mewinzha is a non-profit organization created to promote healthy birthing practices by working with: doulas and breastfeeding coaches to empower women during pregnancy, labor, delivery and breastfeeding. Provide support and educational services for pregnant women and their families. Reclaiming and promoting healthy birth practices for Aniishinaabe people.
Registered nurses that offer support to families through education, assessment, skilled nursing, referral networking, and incentives.
We believe in You ~ is the foundation of our home visiting program for any pregnant woman, mother or caregiver of children up to the age of 3. Dads are encouraged to participate and are welcomed. We encourage self development and support positive decision making skills for the strengthening of our families and their futures.
We believe in You ~ when life is going well, complicated or the worst you feel it can be. We are here to help you see the strength you have within. This program supports the Native American families that are IHS eligible as well.
Mahube-Otwa provides services for low income and elderly persons living in Mahnomen, Hubbard, Becker, Otter Tail and Wadena counties.
Mahube-Otwa is a private, non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors representing the low income, public and private sectors of the community.
Family Development and Housing
Child Care and Relative Caregivers
Child Passenger Safety Education
Call for application assistance and Program details.
Programs include Leech Lake Head Start, Early Head Start, Child Care Services, Leech Lake Child Care Aware Baseline, and MN Tribal Resources for Early Childhood Care (MN TREC). Services are available to ages 6 weeks through 5 years.
Recreation: Camping, lodging, hiking trails, volleyball court, playground, picnic shelter, winter warming house, swimming beach, wheelchair accessible pier fishing, canoe access.
Shelter Space: Space available for reservations: Daily use dining hall for up to 120 people and a picnic shelter.
Inter-County Community Council is a non-profit, community action agency that serves Red Lake, Pennington, East Polk and Clearwater Counties. Through varied and multiple programs, Inter-County Community Council helps people to build a better Minnesota. For more information on programs relating to energy assistance, family services, self sufficiency, employment & training and ICCC Head Start, please contact the Inter-County Community Council.