Local Agency Updates


Updates and additions to the following list are welcome. Email updates to: Annie@UnitedWayBemidji.org or RSherman@crcinform.org


The current #1 question of callers is “Can I leave the house?”

ANSWER:  YES – just practice social distancing.  Going for a walk or a drive is fine – just stay out of groups.



Directions by Nikki Miller:

Anyone can download the Zoom app. When they open the app, it will give the option to log in, sign up, or join a meeting. They can choose Join a Meeting and it will ask for the Meeting ID, which is found in the email invitation. Once they enter the ID, they will enter the meeting. They may also have to select audio and video just like they would on a computer when they join.


Beltrami Area Service Collaborative

  • All Truancy hearings are canceled.
  • Diversion program is canceling all classes.
  • Remote services/contacts with families are being planned.


Beltrami County Judicial Center/Court:

After careful consideration and consultation, the Judicial Council has recommended further restrictions for in-person courthouse access. In response, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea has issued a statewide order, ADM20-8001 Continuing Operations of the Courts of the State of Minnesota Under a Statewide Peacetime Declaration of Emergency. The order restricts in-person access to courthouses for only designated case types, and opens up additional opportunities for remote hearings that must occur during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order goes into effect on Monday, March 23, 2020, and is in effect for the next 30 days or until another order is issued, whichever comes first.


Beltrami County Health and Human Services

  • The office is closed to the public. Some staff are operating remotely.
  • We ask that you utilize online resources if possible to apply for public assistance programs through Applymn.dhs.mn.gov for cash, SNAP, child care and emergency programs and MNSure.org for health care programs. Contact a MNsure Navigator for assistance applying through the MNsure electronic system. (218-333-0880)
  • If online resources are unavailable please call our office at 218-333-8300 to request an application be mailed to you. At this time phone interviews for public assistance programs are being offered in lieu of face to face interviews.


Beltrami County and Roseau County Domestic Violence Intervention Programs (DVIP)

  • The Bemidji DVIP Groups are cancelled through April.
  • All Red Lake Groups are cancelled until further notice.


Beltrami Public Health


Bemidji Community Food Shelf

  • Open Monday and Wednesday ONLY
  • Food Boxes prepackaged based on the size of the household
  • Volunteers bringing boxes out to the cars.  Consumers should NOT enter the building. 
  • If you need food delivered call the food shelf to see if there are available options.


Bemidji Senior Center

  • Bemidji Senior Center is closed until further notice.
  • Curbside meals are available Mon-Fri behind the Senior Center at the back door between 11:30-12:30. Please call Senior Dining ahead of time to reserve your meal at 444-3987. 
  • The price is a suggested donation of $5-$8.40 per meal if you are over 60. Anyone under 60 it will be full price. Also available are frozen meals if you wish to have some extra meals. These are to-go meals, there is still no congregate dinning at the Senior Center.
  • www.bemidjiseniorcenter.org


Bemidji State University and Technical College

  • Courses resumed (all online) March 30th
  • As many staff working from home as possible
  • Still housing 85 students in residence halls



  • Headstart programming is closed.
  • BI-CAP is now closed to the public, but will continue to offer services via the phone, mail and email.
  • At this time, Head Start will only offer services to our enrolled families (who are essential workers) and children.
  • We are offering ‘grab and go’ or delivery at our Blackduck, Backus, and Bemidji sites.
  • Housing Supports remain in place but are done remotely if/when possible. CALL ahead….don’t stop at any BI-CAP office building, it will be locked.
  • Will continue to take Energy Assistance applications through July 2020.  They will ONLY require one month’s income; so application in April would require a consumer’s March income.  There is a new 2020 application on their website for consumers to use…but they WILL accept the 2019 applications if you don’t have access to the internet.


Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area

  • See the Boys and Girls Club Facebook page for updates or join the club’s reminder application by texting “@bemidjibgc” to 81010
  • The club will be closed until further notice.
  • Part-time staff have been laid off, but full-time staff are working on virtual learning opportunities.
  • Staff are putting together YouTube videos for the public; go on-line and take a look!


Civil Air Patrol

  • All group meetings have gone online.
  • They are NOT available for public service EXCEPT in the case of a critical search and rescue.
  • Might be able to deliver PPE or other essential supplies as needed.


Community Resource Connections

  • Staff remain available by telephone at 218-333-0880 (Bemidji), 218-835-5768 (Blackduck) and 218-547-3438 ext. 15 (Walker).
  • We provide MNsure Navigation remotely.
  • MNsure updates:
    • The governor’s order opens MNsure open enrollment until April 21st.
    • All income guidelines still apply –
    • If someone turned down health insurance from an employer and wants to enroll in a MNsure Qualified Health plan…they can do that now until April 21st with a start date of April 1, 2020.



Community Table

  • Monday and Tuesday pre-bagged meals are available at the north door (parking lot) at Mt. Zion Church between 5 and 6 pm.
  • Wednesday and Thursday pre-bagged meals are available at the door of United Methodist Church between 5 and 6 pm.
  • Reed Olson is picking up food bags for Super 8 residents; there is a gap in availability Friday through Sunday.


Churches United

  • PLEASE CALL FIRST 218-444-1380 Churches United will not be open as usual. Do NOT take the bus to the site – we have no place for you to wait.  We are currently not allowing anyone in the office at this time, However, we will be taking phone calls and we may be able to offer some limited assistance.
  • Churches United will not have staff available Good Friday through Easter Sunday April 10-12.
  • http://bemidjicu.org


Evergreen Youth & Family Services

  • Continues to support current clients and residents in our housing programs, including youth that arrive at the drop in.
  • Both sites are staffed and are offering the following services:
    • Mental health services
    • Family support services
    • Case management support for clients
    • Assessments/screenings for services
    • Resources and support for Suicide Prevention, Rock Sober, Street Outreach, Safe Harbor, Crime Services
    • Free laundry and shower services for drop in clients ages 10-24
    • Workforce development
    • Free meal at the drop in site (“to go”) during regular hours
    • We are providing basic essentials: cleaning supply kits for housing clients, hygiene supplies for drop in and/or clients
  • Clients are being screened at the door, when possible we ask them to schedule an appointment, and we have implemented protocol for maintaining social distancing and social gathering. When and where possible, we are offering remote supports, but are assessing all clients to be sure we are meeting their needs.
  • Jeanne Strate (Evergreen Family Support) is available 218- 556-3191


Great North Counseling

  • Office closed (no in-person appointments).
  • A telehealth platform is being used to connect with existing clients.
  • Contacts with clients are weekly or as needed.


Great River Rescue


Headwaters School of Music and Art

  • All activities on site are canceled
  • Some individual music lessons are being done remotely
  • They are looking to add additional classes that can be done remotely


Headwaters Science Center

  • The Science Center is closed effective Wednesday 3/18/2020.
  • Look at their Facebook page for fun videos.
  • Remember to give; HSC is losing $150,000 in revenue, as this is their busy season with many school tours and visitors.
  • Advice from the Director: exercise hourly


4H Programs

  • All in-person Extension 4-H programs are canceled through May 15, 2020.
    • This cancellation covers all in-person 4-H programming at the local, regional and state levels. Gatherings led by volunteers, regardless of where they are hosted, are included. Examples are club meetings, afterschool programs, archery practices, preparation for team competitions, project days and a host of others.


Hope House

  • We are encouraging phone contact only, but the drop-in center is open for those at risk of decompensation without it.  We are working on telehealth for the limited people who have the available equipment.
  • http://www.hopehousebemidji.org




Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota

  • Offices will be closed to all walk-in clients beginning 3/17/2020, until further notice. Staff will continue to work, and applications are still being accepted. In addition, LSNM has cancelled all in-person meetings, trainings, Self-Help Clinics and events through April 15, 2020.
  • Our team is available to support and respond to the needs and concerns of existing and new clients. As always, we are working to ensure high-quality and critical legal aid services are delivered, while addressing new and emerging needs of our clients as this crisis unfolds. https://lsnmlaw.org
  • Anyone being evicted should contact Legal Services by telephone.
  • All situations where parents are visiting with children or exchanging children are stopped; only virtual visitation MAY be provided.
  • All Order For Protection matters are still going to court; figuring out ways to do so remotely

Mobile Crisis: Heidi Bruder

  • 1-800-422-0045
  • Mobile Text: 741-741 MN available 24/7
  • Utilize Mobile Crisis for any mental health needs. With the reduction in mental health services FAMILIES may need additional mental health support.  Mobile Crisis is able to provide over the phone support 24/7. For suicidal risk, Mobile heals is still doing in person assessments, typically in office or at the ER.


Northwest Indian Community Development Center

  • Closed to the public. Our Facebook page is updated several times a day with contact information for the programs we are currently running.
  • We are following CDC and MDH recommendations.
  • We are taking SNAP applications over the phone and email. Applicants can contact our staff by Facebook Messenger, email, phone or text.
  • We are taking MNsure applications over the phone and email. Applicants can contact our staff by Facebook Messenger, email, phone or text. The governor ordered a special open enrollment period that expires on April 21st.
  • Our current enrolled GED students are able to continue their hours through Distance Learning.
  • Our Family Spirit program is offering online classes, phone and email communication.


Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter

  • The shelter remains open with increased safety measures in place.
  • All applications for assistance will be done remotely if possible..


Northwoods Caregivers

  • Suspending all supervised visitation and child exchange.
  • IN GREAT need of drivers to help elderly access groceries and medical appointments.


 Northwoods Pregnancy Center

  • Closed until further notice
  • Staff and volunteers are working remotely during normal office hours (Monday – Wednesday 11-4)
  • Please call 218-444-3035 or email info@northwoodspregnancy.com


Northern Dental Access Center

  • Northern Dental Access Center is closed until further notice effective 3/20/2020
  • Until the threat subsides Legal Services of NW MN and Community Resource Connections are NOT meeting with consumers at Northern Dental Access Center.


Options for Independent Living

  • Providing no direct services
  • There is a staff member on site at the 4-West Building able to take calls.


Peacemaker Resources

Reading and Math Corp

Rachel Garaghty

  • Working on ways to continue offering tutoring services on line
  • May have some tutors available for volunteering…contact Rachel.


Rebecca Schueller Consulting

  • Becky is offering a FREE course on line for all Community Resource Connections members.
  • Improving the Quality of Remote Supervision
  • See her link: www.bemidjiconsulting.com/trainings
  • Disregard the Pay Pal portion of the registry
  • Please Register by April 1, 2020 (7:00 p.m.)
  • Improving the Quality of Remote Supervision
  • Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 – (Noon-2:00 p.m.)
  • Contact Becky with questions– Becky@bemidjiconsulting.com


Red Lake Department of Public Safety

  • Victims of crime can contact 218-679-1919 or 218-533-4583 day or night for questions about services


St. Vincent DePaul


Sanford Health Hospital

  • Not open to visitors
  • Only allowing minors and special needs patients 1 accompanying adult
  • Family of end-of-life situations only
  • Working in cooperation with the local Shelters to increase space and access to space for homeless and patients of COVID virus
  • To date: 5 positives in Beltrami county,  92 negatives,  11 pendiing
  • As of this morning; no hospitalizations required
  • If you want to be tested for virus you should call the 333-5000 number and speak to a nurse.  They will screen you verbally and if they see reason to do a test they will provide you with an appointment at one of their remote sites.  They will test you in your vehicle; you should arrive alone if possible.
  • There is no limit on testing at this time – no backlog or wait
  • Tests are currently being shipped to Sioux Falls for processing – results are available in 48 hours.


Support Within Reach

  • All large events cancelled or postponed
  • All meetings, training/education of ten or more are going virtual
  • All staff are available by phone; answering phones directly
  • All direct services for clients are AVAILABLE 24/7 and can be in person at office site.


The Emergency Management Center & Public Health


Timber Bay

  • Suspended all face to face interactions
  • Spending lots of time on Snap Chat with middle school population
  • All Spring camps are canceled
  • Making hopeful summer plans with participants


United Way of Bemidji Area

  • Staff remain available by telephone at 218-444-8929
  • Still implementing Back Pack Buddies; pick-up/delivery on Fridays.  If you know of a student in need notify the school where they attend and request.
  • Emergency Fund has been created to support access to food, emergency needs, and care to elderly/most vulnerable in our community. Agencies with unexpected expenses combined with fundraising shortfalls due to event cancellations will be included.


Village of Hope