LOCAL AGENCY UPDATES

Updated February 4th 2021

Please email your agency updates to: RSherman@crcinform.org

(These are not all the services available in the community only those that are participating in these agency updates. Please use this directory for a complete list of services in our area.)

Next meeting of this group via Zoom: March 3rd, 10 am

 


IMPORTANT NUMBERS

  • Mobile crisis hotline: 1-800-422-0045
  • Text MN to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor, also available through Facebook messenger
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • Warm line peer support through Wellness in the Woods: 1-844-739-6369
  • MN farm and rural help line 1-833-600-2670 ext. 1
  • Veterans Crisis Line: www.VeteransCrisisLine.net or 1-800-273-8255  select 1

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Community Resource Connections:  Ruth Sherman

Main Office: 716 Paul Bunyan Drive NW | Bemidji, MN 56601 | (218) 333-0880 | Director: Ruth Shermanrsherman@crcinform.org

  • We have 2 new faces on our team: Taylor Harren and Katie Kordiak. Taylor is a BSU Intern this semester. Katie was hired to fill our Walker site 2 days per week and eventually she will take over the position previously held by Sarah Bendorf at the Beltrami Community Services Income Maintenance Unit 3 days per week.
  • Your agency is likely to receive a call and/or email from Taylor, Katie or myself gathering information so that we can update our 2017 Resource Directory. We appreciate your attention to this as we can only make this Directory inclusive with your assistance.
  • The State of MN has announced a MNsure Special Enrollment period coming up on February 16, 2021. This does not affect residents receiving Medical Assistance or MNcare – those programs continue to be provided without renewal or closure due to the pandemic. This enrollment period allows individuals that may qualify for a subsidized insurance policy to enroll outside of the annual enrollment period. It is especially helpful for someone that may have missed the enrollment deadline in December. Call 218-333-0880 for assistance with the application by one of our Navigators.
  • Tax assistance is being provided through 2 different options this year – possibly 3; all have additional steps to insure compliance with Covid safety requirements.
  1. The Senior Center will take appointments to see people: call the Senior Center at 751-8836 to leave your name and number – they will call back to set up required appointments.
  2. BSU students and the IRS are working in cooperation to enable people with internet service and a computer FREE access to an online filing system that allows the filer to answer questions (similar to Turbo Tax) and the system automatically completes the forms in response. Access is free and filing fees are waived using this system.  If users have questions as they file they can email BSU students for clarification.
  3. CRC is currently working with BSU to create a 3rd access point to filing. Notice of availability will be sent to everyone when we have the details.

Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership

218-632-3600| Contact Cindy Hurt| www.mahube.org

This program awards scholarships of up to $7,500 to high-need families meeting eligibility requirements.  View the details on the www.mahube.org website.

Headwaters Regional Development Center: Bryan McCoy

PO Box 906 Bemidji MN 56619| 218-333-6545 office| 701-270-7445 cell

The Headwaters Regional Transportation Coordinating Council is updating their 2021 transportation service database.  To update your transportation data please go to https://www.headwatersrtcc.org/provider-survey.

Sanford Health: Connie Norman

Connie.norman@sanfordhealth.org

Better Choices, Better Health: Living well workshops coming up:

Living well with Chronic Disease  March 31 – May 5   1-3:30 p.m.  Online through Zoom

Living Well with Diabetes  April 8- May 13  1:30 to 4 p.m.  Online through Zoom

Living well with Chronic Pain  May 4 – June 8 1-3:30  Online through Zoom

To register on line go to www.yourjuniper.org.  To register by phone call Amanda at 701-417-4905

Bi-CAP: Eric Adams (HR Director), Charmain Shephard (Headstart/Bemidji), Christina Desmond (Headstart/Walker) and Laurie Carrigan (Headstart/Blackduck)

  • Bemidji location: 6603 Bemidji Avenue North| PO Box 579 Bemidji MN 56619| Phone (218) 751-4631 or (800) 332-7161
  • All Headstart programs are operating virtually when required and/or at reduced occupancy rates as necessary due to Covid-19. Staff are providing as much contact time with parents as possible; with everyone’s safety being top priority.
  • While most Head Start programs have as many students as they can take right now; it is critical that we continue to refer parents and children who are eligible to these programs so that when restrictions are lifted, families can quickly start or resume services. There is a high degree of support and education provided to both the children and the adults eligible for this service and given the level of poverty being experienced by eligible households Head Start programs serve a high risk population.
  • Head Start is accepting applications for 2021-2022 for preschoolers 0-3.
  • BI-CAP served as a local administrator for the state-wide Covid housing program. They provided $168,000 worth of rental and utility costs for 160 households in the area! Good work.

 

United Way: Annie Butler Ricks

716 Paul Bunyan Drive NW| Bemidji MN 56601| Executive Director Denae Alamano| 218-444-8929| director@unitedwaybemidji.org | www.unitedwaybemidji.org

  • United Way Victory Dinner is happening virtually this year!
  • February 18th is the next Women’s United meeting. It will be done virtually with updates on the Mobile Food Pantry, curbside breakfast pick up, and other surprises.
  • United Way will be hosting another Food Drop sometime in late February – the date is not yet determined. Watch for notice.
  • United Way is co-hosting a “Kids Count Data” presentation with BSU on February 23rd from 12:30 to 1:45. . Email Annie at United Way for details and link information. Annie@UnitedWayBemidji.org
  • Applications for Annual United Way grant funding are now available on line at unitedwaybemidji.org
  • Previously called “Venture Grants”, some United Way funds will be set aside for what is being referred to as “Community Response” grants. Funds can be applied for on a rolling basis. The purpose of this fund is to respond to changing needs of area residents.
  • United Way has several church groups looking for service projects. If you have a project contact Gretchen at Gretchen@unitedwaybemidji.org

Journey Outreach: Joan Miller

jobemidji@gmail.com

  • FREE Hot meals continue to be served at Calvary Chapel on Sunday’s starting at 1:30 p.m.

Reading & Math Corps; Jennifer Eck: AmeriCorps

  • Seeking tutors for the upcoming school year (20221-2022). Applicants must be 18 and older and have at least a highschool diploma – some post high school experience is preferred. Apply on line at: https://www.readingandmath.net/
  • Referral to reading math corps tutor services happen within a child’s school system.

Bemidji Early Childhood Education Collaborative: Kailee Fuhrer

1426 Bemidji Ave N Suite 1 | Bemidji, MN  56601 | 218-760-1301 | Cailee Furer | Bemidjiecc@gmail.com

  • A variety of parent education and support options are available to families in the district; some in person and others virtually. Ages 2 -5 are served through ECFE.  Ages birth to 5 meet virtually.  Safe Fit; a class developed to fit the needs of families in the child protective system is also available virtually.
  • Bemidji Early Childhood Collaborative is offering a virtual workshop on Friday, February 26th 9:00-11:00. Dr. Holly Hatton-Bowers from the University of Nebraska is presenting on Building Trust and Engagement through Mindfulness. This workshop is relevant to anyone who works with families or young children.

Registration is open now on Eventbrite  https://link.edgepilot.com/s/05453618/sNBbSkiz1kSWfEI7ktMkmg?u=https://www.eventbrite.com/e/132462511939

  • Child Care providers are being provided with free trainings through BEC.
  • There is a serious shortage of Early Childhood Mental Health services; not just locally, but state wide. This is a serious and growing need.

Support Within Reach: Kortney Carlin

1510 Bemidji Ave N | Bemidji, MN  56601 | (218) 444-9524 | Director: Evett Ellis | executivedirector@supportwithinreach.org

  • Welcome: Executive Director Evett Ellis!
  • Support Within Reach continues to provide services to victims of sexual assault. While they are doing as much work remotely as possible they are going to the Emergency Room as requested, participating in meetings with legal providers as needed, and doing their best to keep clients safe.
  • They are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays’.

Rebecca Schueller Training & Consulting, LLC

Mail:  P.O. Box 1513, Bemidji, MN  56619-1513  Texts:  (218) 760-9470

Email:  Becky@bemidjiconsulting.com

Website:  https://link.edgepilot.com/s/a0d5b9c8/4sWLV_yhkUKrR8ya8O1U0A?u=http://www.bemidjiconsulting.com/

  • Becky has several upcoming trainings. See options on her website and/or watch notices forwarded from Ruth @ CRC for upcoming events.

Wolfe Center: Reed Olson:  reedjolson@gmail.com: 218-444-5516

522 America Avenue Northwest, Bemidji, MN, United States

NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER: 218-444-5516

  • The Wolfe Center is open 7 nights per week to single adults without a place to stay. Although they do not have accommodations to regularly host day time consumers; they do try to match hours with the public library so that people have a warm place to stay during particularly cold days. This coming weekend, they will attempt to have day time hours after library hours on Saturday and during the day on Sunday. They are in search of a site for a day time shelter and they FREQUENTLY are in need of staff for night time hours.

   Lutheran Social Services: Shaye Thompson

216 3rd St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601| Phone: (218) 444-3987  Website: lssmn.org

  • Lutheran Social Services Senior Nutrition Program offers Meals on Wheels or “curbside pickup” meals at the Senior Center lunchroom.  The meals are nutritionally complete and delicious!  The suggested donation for those age 60 and over is $5.00.  The cost for a meal if you are under 60 is only $8.40.  Meals on site are served at noon Monday-Friday at the Bemidji Senior Center. Office hours are 8:30 – 1:00 Monday-Friday.  Call 218-444-3987 at least a day before to reserve a spot!

Hope House: Robin Wold

2014 7th St SE | PO Box 1097 | Bemidji, MN  56619 | (218) 444-6748 | Director: Robin Wold | rwold@paulbunyan.net

  • Hope House provides outpatient services for people living with serious and persistent mental illness. Support groups, one on one services, counseling and medication management is provided. Referrals typically originate through the county system.
  • Check out the new Mental Health listing that Hope House has listed on their website under “Links”: https://www.hopehousebemidji.org/index_htm_files/Mental%20Health%20Resources%20for%20Adults%20in%20Bemidji.pdf It is a through listing of adult mental health services in the area – organized in a way that users can look for what they need…and then find the providers in the area that provide that particular kind of service. This tool is also available on the CRCinform.org website; choose the icon Mental Health Services.

Community Table: Laurie Buehler

PO Box 1584 Bemidji, MN 56619Phone: (218) 444-7909 Announcement Only:  E-mail: bemidjisoupkitchen@gmail.com

  • Monday & Tuesday Meals
    Zion Church 414 Lincoln Avenue SE Bemidji, MN 56601
    Wednesday & Thursday Meals
    United Methodist Church 924 Beltrami Avenue NW Bemidji, MN 56601
  • Sack meals continue to be served from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday each week. Meals MUST be consumed off site. Individuals can take extra meals with them, as needed.

Northwoods Caregivers: Serenity Walker

616 America Avenue NW Bemidji MN 56601 Suite 170  | 218-333-8264|  https://northwoodscaregivers.org/

  • Covid Funding that enabled seniors in need of transportation for shopping and medical appointments has run out. As a result, Seniors and people with disabilities are required to pay for those services. In order to keep those costs low, Northwoods Caregivers continues to search for volunteer drivers. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer take a look at the Northwoods Caregivers website and give Serenity a call at 333-8264.

Girl Scouts of MN & WI Lakes and Pines: Becky Dean – Membership Specialist

218-308-8880|  BDean@girlscoutslp.org

  • Watch for the annual, upcoming cookie sales events in February!

Beltrami Public Health: Cynthia Borgen

616 America Avenue NW Bemidji MN 56601: 218-333-8116: Cynthia.Borgan@co.beltrami.mn.us

  • Doing the best we can with the vaccine we have!

Red Lake Shelter to Home Program: RandiSu Tannem

Red Lake Homeless to Housing Program| Agency Director Jordan May| contact RandiSu at rtanem@redlakenation.org| 218-553-3068

  • This program operates out of the Candlewood Hotel in Bemidji. Homeless individuals are housed at the hotel while they are enrolled in longer term supportive housing programs, provided with basic necessities, and helped to find permanent housing sites.
  • There is currently a waiting list for additional clients; but keep the referrals coming in!

Boys & Girls Club of Bemidji: Andrea Kent

1600 Minnesota Ave NW Bemidji MN 56601: PO Box 191 Bemidji MN 56619

218-444-4171|  https://www.bgcbemidji.org/

  • The Annual Gala is coming up soon on February 26th. Check out the club’s website for details on how to become involved.

Churches United: Wanda Yoemans

414 Lincoln Ave SE | Bemidji, MN 56601 | (218) 444-1380 | cunited@paulbunyan.net

  • The office is now capable of providing services inside thanks to the install of a drawer that enable items to be passed through a secured separation window and counter. All guests are asked to call ahead so that time outside in the cold is limited.

Headwaters Science Center: Lee Furuseth

413 Beltrami Avenue | PO Box 1176 | Bemidji, MN 56601 | (218) 444-4472 | Director: Lee Furuseth | director@hscbemidji.org

  • Please view the website: www.hscbemidji.org to see details on hours and requirements.
  • HSC staff and volunteers are providing daily, LIVE, shows starting at 3:30 – go to the HSC Facebook page to see them. Public input is REALLY needed in order to determine the future of this service.  EVERYONE is asked to check out these presentations on Facebook or the other locations listed on the website – and provide comments!

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota:  Anne Hoefgen

215 4th St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601 | (218) 751-9201 | https://lsnmlaw.org

  • Keep encouraging people to pay their rent so that when eviction restrictions are lifted they don’t find themselves on the street.

Bemidji Community Food Shelf: Mary Mitchel

1260 Exchange Ave SE | Bemidji, MN 56601 | (218)-444-6580Director: Mary Mitchell

  • The food shelf is open and operating Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Consumers may enter the building – but volunteers are also available to carry boxes of food out to people’s cars as well. Hopeful that Friday availability will come soon.

Northwest Indian CDC:  Madeline Parks – MNsure Navigator

1819 Bemidji Avenue North Bemidji MN 56601 |  218-759-2022 https://www.nwicdc.org/

This site is open only by appointment. Call 759-2022.  Look at the website for a full calendar of events.

Department of Human Services: SOAR Outreach: Catie LeMay : catie.lemay@state.mn.us

  • Catie oversees SOAR grantee agencies in the area. SOAR grantees assist people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, with Social Security Disability Application Assistance. This region has several SOAR providers including locations in Red Lake, Cass Lake and Bemidji.

Evergreen Youth and Family Services: Jeanne Strate

610 Patriot Drive NW | Bemidji, MN 56601| (218) 751-8223 |

  • LOTS of families in crises. Jeanne spends hours working with families every day serving as a source of support and parenting education. Her services are free through Evergreen. Referrals can be sent to her at 218-556-3191.
  • The Evergreen Crises Shelter IS open and serving youth and families.

Northwest MN Foundation: Amber Neuman

201 3rd Street NW Bemidji MN 56601|  https://www.nwmf.org/|  218-759-2057|  1-800-659-7859  |  218-759-2328

  • This past week there was a Zoom Meeting demonstrating the “State of the Foundation”. A link to that meeting will be going onto the agency website soon.
  • The Foundation is currently looking for an administrative receptionist.

Headwaters School of Music and Art: Tricia Andrews Executive Director

519 Minnesota Avenue NW Bemidji MN 56601|  218-444-5606|  tricia.andrews@headwatersmusicandarts.org

https://headwatersmusicandarts.org/

  • Currently looking for instructors and Agency Board Members

First Steps to Healthy Families: Kami Kelm

Beltrami County Human Services| 616 America Avenue NW Bemidji MN 56601| 218-333-8313|  kami.kelm@co.beltrami.mn.us

  • First Steps works with pregnant women and women with young children who struggle with chemical addiction. Efforts work to help women remain free of chemicals, in order for their babies to develop normally during pregnancy. Support is provided to new parents as well, as the stress of a newborn can be overwhelming. Referrals can be made by contacting Kami directly or contacting Children’s Intake at Beltrami County. (218-333-4223)