Updated November 5th, 2020

Please email your agency updates to: Annie@UnitedWayBemidji.org OR 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: December 3rd, 10 am



  • 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


Cynthia Borgen: Beltrami Public Health

Public Health is currently monitoring 140 active Beltrami County Cases of Covid-19. The hospital is seeing 5-6 admissions each day. Due to volume, there are significant delays in testing results.  It is critical that people who have been exposed and/or are showing symptoms, stay home starting immediately.  Do not wait for test results; begin isolation immediately. Masking, social distancing and frequent washing of hands are central to stopping the spread.  http://www.co.beltrami.mn.us/Departments/HHS/Public%20Health/Public%20Health.html


Serenity Walker; Northwoods Caregivers

Northwoods Caregivers is offering a 16 hour, free, on line CNA course in an effort to train anyone willing/able to be trained to assist with caregiving.  Most area facilities are struggling to maintain sufficient healthy staff to care for all of the people in need, including Northwoods Caregivers’ home care staff and respite providers.  If you know of anyone wanting to assist – please direct them to this location for appropriate training. Information about sign on bonuses are available on their website.

Northwoods is providing seniors with food access in ISD 31.  Free rides for grocery shopping, grocery delivery, or box pick up is an option for any senior over 60.   Contact them  at 218-333-8264 or go to their website  https://northwoodscaregivers.org/ to complete an application.


Kortney Carlin; Support Within Reach

Support Within Reach continues to provide support to victims of sexual violence.  They are present at hospital visits and provide as much support via zoom or distanced visits as possible.  They are currently hiring.   https://www.supportwithinreach.org/


Anne Hoefgen; Legal Services of Northwest MN

Anne M. Hoefgen (she/her)

Executive Director

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota

218-233-8585 (Phone)


Legal Services has received CARE dollars to purchase and implement Legal Kiosks throughout the state. Anne hopes to place 42 kiosks in the 21 county service area.  This MUST be completed by 12/31/2020 so decisions and actions need to be swift.  If you are interested in serving as a site for a kiosk OR If you have ideas of where you think a kiosk would be useful; contact Anne at 218-233-8585 (Phone)  ahoefgen@lsnmlaw.orgThere are two types of kiosks available.  One enables consumers to interact via a screen – similar to a computer.  The other requires more privacy as it would enable consumers to attend Zoom hearings, communicate with people for informational visits, etc.


Kelly Brevig; Evergreen

The Gray Matters workshop that was intended to occur, shortly after the Covid-19 outbreak, had to be canceled.  Therapeutic gift Items that were secured for giveaway at that event are now seeking homes.  To see the list of items and register for those that you might like to give go to https://hipaa.jotform.com/203004947290047


Annie Butler Ricks: United Way

Holiday Gifts for Kids will go on as usual!  Applications will be available by the end of this week or early next week.    Watch the United Way website and notices for plans surrounding “The Week of Caring”. https://www.unitedwaybemidji.org/


Andrea Kent: Boys and Girls Club

The club is developing a virtual learning center intended to assist students, particularly those having difficulty with the impacts of Covid-19, with a variety of educational topics. They are working with the school district to identify students in need and topics of greatest concern.  If you know of someone who might benefit from this type of additional support give Andrea a call. PH: 218.444.4171 E-Mail: andrea.kent@bgcbemidji.org


Rachel Garaghty:  ServeMinnesota/Minnesota Reading Corps

Serve Minnesota is offering free tutoring. To find information about what is offered and to speak with a consultant go to ScholarSquad.org.  You will be asked some questions about your child and if a brief screening shows your child needs help to boost their skills, they will be matched with a tutor who will provide one-on-one practice and support.

(218) 999-7513 | Program Manager: Katelyn Dokken katelyn.dokken@servetogrow.org


Sabrina Anderson: Senior Linkage Line

https://mn.gov/senior-linkage-line/  Check out the updated Senior Linkage Line website; now aligned with the MN DHS site.  Senior Linkage Line continues to focus on all things Senior however, due to Covid, staff are not doing outreach or 1 on 1 visits with seniors in the region. All contacts are remote via telephone. This includes Medicare plan review.


Jeanne Strate; Evergreen


The shelter is open and the drop in center provides limited hours of service.  Jeanne continues to meet remotely with families and this continues to go well. Many families are more comfortable with a bit of “distance”.


Jeanne Larson; Northern Dental Access Center


The Bemidji center at 1405 Anne Street NW is operating at about 60-70% capacity.  Appointments can be made at 218-444-9646 or 1-888-678-3033.


Kami Kelm: First Steps to Healthy Families

Kami continues to provide support to pregnant women who struggle with chemical use.  Send anyone her way that you think could benefit from some additional support, particularly during this tough time.  Kami has identified AA and Al Anon resources via electronic connection, enabling people from other states and other nations to gather remotely to support one another. If you would like to be connected to one of those groups reach out to Kami at 218-333-8313.


Ruth Sherman; Community Resource Connections

CRC Staff continue to provide MNsure navigation remotely as state and federal waivers have enabled application by telephone. The peace time emergency continues such that no “adverse actions” will be taken by the State – meaning, Medical Assistance and MNcare participants will not have their cases closed unless they are incarcerated, pass away, leave the state, or request closure. Anyone enrolled in a MNsure Qualified Health Plan should be reviewing their plans during open enrollment: November 1, 2020 through December 22, 2020. Failure to enroll in a health plan during open enrollment could leave someone without insurance for the remainder of the year. Contact a CRC MNsure Navigator by calling 218-333-0880.


Angie Keprios; Rural Psychiatry Associates

Previously known as the Center for Psychiatric Care, Rural Psychiatry Associates operates on Anne street serving the public with Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry. For more information see their website: www.ruralpsychiatryassociates.com



Lee Furuseth; Headwaters Science Center

The science center is open Friday, Saturday and Mondays 9:30 to 5 p.m. and Sunday’s from 1-5.   Go to http://www.hscbemidji.org/  for details.  Also, watch for They are also making plans for their annual E-cubed fundraiser; watch for details as they develop.


Brandon Mustful; Great River Rescue

Great River Rescue office site is open by appointment only.


Great River Rescue (218) 751-7910.

General information: info@greatriverrescue.com

Adoption information adoptions@greatriverrescue.com

Intake questions and kennel coordinator: intake@greatriverrescue.com


Kimberly Pilgrim: Meta 5 Family Resiliency Program


Meta 5 is available for someone who has lost their primary source of income due to separation, divorce, disability or death of a spouse. The Meta 5 Displaced Homemaker Pre-Employment Program offers a free, customized, holistic, client-centered program to help transition them the job market and address a variety of other needs. For more information contact Kimberly Pilgrim at 218-855-8010 or Kimberly.pilgrim@clcmn.edu


Joan Miller; Journey Outreach

Journey Outreach continues to provide a hot meal on Sundays from 1:30 to 2:30 at Calvary Chapel in Bemidji.  They also provide blankets, coats, boots and other winter and household gear for those in need.  They are now working with Wolfe Center and Community Table to provide prepared sandwiches for people coming to the Wolfe Center for the night. If anyone has interest in helping to pick up sandwiches and delivering contact Joan by email at: joanmiller2002@gmail.com