Directory of Partner Agencies

Adult Day Services
620 Carr Lake Road SE | Bemidji, MN  56601 | (218) 751-1324 | Director: April Collman | adultday@gmail.com
Adult Day Services promotes healthy aging with the focus to improve and enhance overall wellness.  Through a system of supportive services in one location the program cost effectively assists people experiencing isolation due to physical and psychosocial demands, to maintain and/or increase independence, and remain an active part of family and community. Life quality is enhanced when experienced with others.      

Bemidji Community Soup Kitchen
PO Box 1584 | Bemidji, MN 56619 | (218) 760-6934 | Contact: George Stowe | gestowe@gmail.com
Provides free meals from 5:00 - 6:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays each week to those who are hungry, no questions asked.
Monday & Tuesday: @ Mt. Zion Church | 414 Lincoln Avenue | Bemidji, MN
Thursdays: @ United Methodist Church | 9th Street and Beltrami Avenue | Bemidji, MN

Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area
1600 Minnesota Ave | PO Box 191 | Bemidji, MN  56619 | (218) 444-4171 | Executive Director: Andrea Ohnstad | aohnstad@paulbunyan.net | http://www.bgcbemidji.com
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.  The club desires to see Club youth have positive self-identities, be educationally, occupationally, socially, emotionally, and culturally competent, be involved in their community, be physically healthy, and have a moral compass. Programs are designed to support the accomplishment of these goals.  Programs and activities are offered in the areas of Character and Leadership, Education and Career, Health and Life Skills, the Arts, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. A new Teen Center for high school teens will be opening in the fall of 2009.  The Teen Center will be in the existing Club but in a separate area and designated space for high school teens only.  It will have a lounge, computer/tutoring lab, media room and snack area.
 
Churches United
702 Beltrami Ave. NW | Bemidji, MN 56619 | (218) 444-1380 | Executive Director: Vickie Holland | Email: cunited@paulbunyan.net | www.Bemidjicu.org
A collaborative of Bemidji area churches organized to serve and meet the needs of homeless, persistently poor, and impoverished individuals and families, by providing financial assistance and referrals in an empowering manner while also seeking the cause of poverty with the goal of reaching a solution to the immediate concerns.
 
Civil Air Patrol- Northland Squadron
4130 Hangar Drive NW | Bemidji, MN 56601 | Phone: (218) 252-0689www.northlandsquadron.org | Contact: 1Lt. John Schrader
Three mandated components:  Cadet Programs, Emergency Services and Aerospace Education.  Civil Air Patrol is a leadership laboratory for young people to learn self esteem and confidence while becoming leaders.  The squadron has the additional goal of being a strong community partner through educating the youth about community service, serving other agencies in need of manpower support and providing hands on assistance at large community events.
 
Community Resource Connections
Office Headquarters: 3124 Hannah Avenue NW | Bemidji, MN  56601 | (218) 333-0800 | rsherman@crcinform.org | www.crcinform.org
Northern Dental Access Center Site: 1405 Anne Street NW | Bemidji, MN  56601 | (218) 333-6856 |
Blackduck Resource Center: 133 Main Street & Margaret Ave | Blackduck, MN  56630 | (218) 835-5768 | blackduck@crcinform.org
Community Resource Connections (CRC) is a membership organization serving the needs of nonprofits, and the clients they serve,  in Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater and Hubbard counties. CRC offers information, advocacy and assistance to residents of the service area from offices in Blackduck, at the Blackduck Resource Center and from a Bemidji office located within Northern Dental Access Center. CRC staff educate about area services, provide assistance in completing applications for all public health programs (MA, MnCare, MnSure, and Medicare), provide guidance through the Social Security Disability applicaton process and assist the public and area professionals in navigating  service systems. Services are free and confidential. CRC also provides online access to a resource directory and volunteer management site at www.crcinform.org.
 
Evergreen Youth & Family Services
610 Patriot Drive NW | PO Box 662 | Bemidji, MN  56619 | Executive Director: Becky Schueller | (218) 308-9008 | rschueller@evergreenyfs.org | www.evergreenyfs.org
Evergreen Youth & Family Services is a grassroots, community-based organization committed to strengthening youth and preserving families with an emphasis on those living in northern Minnesota.  Evergreen has advanced its mission by developing a comprehensive safety net of services to runaway, homeless, street youth, pregnant and parenting youth, youth with alcohol and drug problems, and other high-risk youth and their families. We currently provide a continuum of services to 2,500 high-risk children, teens, and families annually.  Thousands more are served through outreach, referrals, and presentations, and personal contacts.
 
Evergreen Youth Crisis Shelter
Youth Crisis Shelter Program | 622 Mississippi Avenue | Bemidji, MN 56601 | Coordinator: Gary Russell | (218) 751-4332 | www.evergreenyfs.org
Evergreen Youth Crisis Shelter – All services are free to youth and families.  Open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for youth ages 9-17 who are homeless, runaways, or experiencing personal or family crisis.  Family counseling provides support to families in crisis, offering parenting support and training in skills that are necessary for families to work through their immediate difficulties and to establish healthy patterns of conflict resolution that will help prevent future crises.  Tribal Family Support Services are available on-site on the Red Lake and Leech Lake Reservations to support youth and parents through coaching and education and case management to access mental, chemical, dental and physical health services.  The Suicide Prevention Program trains 9th graders in all county schools, including Red Lake, in suicide prevention training.  There is  a monthly survivor support group for adult family members/friends and the Headwaters Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a community-based taskforce, provides planning and information on suicide prevention monthly.
 
Evergreen Youth Transitional Housing
610 Patriot Drive NW | Bemidji, MN (1 block north of Anne Street - or, turn left on Justice from Irvine) | www.evergreenyfs.org
We can help you find housing and a job. We can help up to 24 months with living expenses, rental housing applications frees, security deposit, rental assistance, untility assistance, household emergencies, transportation, and more...call to find out more! If you are homelss and you or your child have a disability, we can provide long-term rental assistance and services to help you live independently. 
 
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines
750 Paul Bunyan Dr NW | Bemidji, MN 56601 | Contact: Becky Dean | (218) 751-4886 | bdean@gslakesandpines.org
Promotes and provides educational programming for girls and young women ages 5-17 to help them build character and life skills to be successful adults.
 
Headwaters Science Center
413 Beltrami Avenue | PO Box 1176 | Bemidji, MN 56601 | Contact: Susan Joy | (218) 444-4472 | director@hscbemidji.org  | www.hscbemidji.org
The Headwaters Science Center provides intellectual stimulation and enjoyment for all children and adults with scientific and technological interactive displays, exhibits, programs and activities which enhance and supplement educational programs.
 
Hope House
2014 7th St SE | PO Box 1097 | Bemidji, MN  56619 | Director: Robin Wold | (218) 444-6748 | rwold@paulbunyan.net
Hope House provides community support services to individuals with serious and persistent  mental illness so they can live in the community in the least restrictive setting, function at their best level, and reduce the need for involuntary hospitalization. Hope House provides adult rehabilitation mental health services (ARMHS) in the home and community. Hope House also provides community support services(CSP) such as phone support, consumer outreach, social and recreational activities, after hours emergency help, community/public education, medication and wellness checks, REACH family support group, diagnostic assessments, and consumer employment .  Hope House also provides day treatment and a drop-in center for members.
 
North Country Food Bank
424 North Broadway | Crookston, MN  56716 | (218) 281-7356 | Director: Susie Novak | susie@northcountryfoodbank.orgwww.northcountryfoodbank.org
North Country Food Bank was established in 1983, and is the sole distributor of surplus food products to over 155 charitable food programs, including soup kitchens, food shelves and homeless shelters.  Other recipients include low-income individuals in need of supplemental assistance, group homes, senior programs, youth programs, addiction treatment centers and domestic abuse prevention programs.  As a non-profit food bank, our primary role is to provide food to the front-line charitable agencies that feed the hungry.  North Country distributes over 2.1 million pounds of food in our 21 county service area annually.
 
Northern Dental Access Center
1405 Anne Street NW | PO Box 279 | Bemidji, MN  56619 | Director: Jeanne Edevold Larson | (218) 444-9646 | Jeanne.Larson@northerndentalaccess.orgwww.northerndentalaccess.org
Provides dental care and other family service referrals to low income families enrolled in Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care in the Bemidji and surrounding areas.  We provide dental exams, cleanings, fillings, extractions, root canals, and dentures on site; and provide referrals for specialty care needs to a variety of providers throughout the state.  With Beltrami County Health and Human Services on site, child and teen exams, immunizations and other family service referrals are available. 
 
Northwoods Caregivers
616 America Ave, Ste. 170 | Bemidji, MN 56601 | Director: Cindi Lee Jernigan | (218) 333-8264 or (888) 534-4432 | Program Assistant: Melissa Thomas (218) 333-8266nice@paulbunyan.netwww.northwoodsnice.org
Northwoods Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers (NICE) is a volunteer-based organization that provides services for seniors and other special needs individuals and families.  Through many dedicated volunteers, NICE provides transportation to medical appointments, shopping assistance, friendly visiting, and respite care for seniors and children.  With the help of United Way and so many important caregivers, Northwoods Interfaith enables independent living and ensures to improve the quality of life for those with disabilities or special needs.  In addition. Northwoods Interfaith’s First City Visitation Services program offers a positive, safe, child friendly and neutral site where children and parents can be assured that supervised visitation or exchange will be safe and conflict free.
 
Northwoods Battered Women's Shelter
PO Box 563 |  Bemidji, MN 56619 | (218) 444-1395 | Director: Andrea Kingbird | andrea.k@northwoodsfamilysafety.orghttp://www.mnshelter.org/
Provides crisis shelter, victim-centered advocacy and supportive servies for victims of intimate partner violence.
 
Village of Hope
416 Irvine Ave NW | Bemidji, MN 56601 | (218) 751-0722 | Director: Sandy Hennum | hennum@villageofhopebemidji.org
Provides temporary emergency shelter for families with dependent children and single pregnant women experiencing homelessness. Services include a private family room, three nutritionally balanced meals each day, and supportive services that assist guests in achieving and maintaining housing stability.
 
Peacemaker Resources
PO Box 862 | Bemidji, MN  56619 | (218) 444-8048 | Contact: Barb Houg | barb@peacemakerresources.orghttp://www.peacemakerresources.org/
Primary prevention programs and activities that promote conflict management and other cooperative life skills to assist children, adults and families to lead responsible, violence free lives and see themselves as valuable, contributing members of our community.
 
Senior Activity Center
216 3rd Street NW | Bemidji, M  56601 | (218) 751-8836 | Contact: Elizabeth Andrews | bccoa@paulbunyan.netwww.paulbunyan.net/users/bccoa
The Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center ensures that seniors who need assistance, information and referral are assisted.  The Center’s programming teaches seniors to advocate for themselves, provide opportunities for continuing education of interest to seniors, social interaction to decrease isolation, and volunteer opportunities to maintain vitality and a sense of meaning in their lives.  The Center houses the Senior Creations Craft Shop, Volunteer Income Tax Preparation, AARP Driver Safety Program, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and America Reads Program, all of which give seniors volunteer opportunities as well as much needed services.  The Center also houses the LSS Nutrition Project, serving five nutritious meals each week, and the Meals On Wheels Program that reaches out to seniors unable to come to the Center. There is no age limit for becoming a member or to participate.  A person does not have to be a member to enjoy our services but membership does have benefits.
 
Support Within Reach
24 CRISIS NUMBER: 444-9522 | 403 4th Street NW, Suite140 | Bemidji, MN  56619 | (218) 444-9524 | Executive Director: Caroline Larson | executivedirector@supportwithinreach.org    
Since 1977, the Sexual Assault Program of Beltrami, Cass & Hubbard Counties has been providing advocacy and supportive services to sexual violence survivors and their families.  Support and information are offered 24 hours a day via our Crisis Line. In addition, trained staff often accompany survivors during a medical/forensic exam and through the criminal justice process.  Services are confidential and free of charge to survivors of all forms of sexual violence. Sexual Assault Program staff also provide educational presentations and seminars on a variety of sexual violence issues, ranging from prevalence to prevention.
 
Timber Bay
234 Gerald Lane NW | PO Box 371 | Bemidji, MN  56601 | (218) 766-9997 | Regional Director: Steve Hanson | hanson@timberbay.org | www.timberbay.org
For 36 years, Bemidji Area Timber Bay, a non-profit organization, has provided hundreds of at risk children and their families with strong Christian mentors who assist them in successfully reaching adulthood and beyond.  As a Christian referral agency, we work directly with others to provide assistance both during crisis and long term.  We own and operate Timber Bay Camp, “the camp that comes home with the kids”, year around.  We have a local Timber Bay House where children experience a “healthy home”, both during the day and after school.  Our goal is to have a caring adult in the life of every child who would benefit from another adult advocating, affirming, encouraging and supporting them.
 
Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center
722 15th Street | PO Box 640 | Bemidji, MN 56619 | (218) 751-3280 | Executive Director Paul Nistler | paul_nistler@ummhcmn.orgwww.ummhcmn.org
Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit community mental health center committed to providing high quality and comprehensive outpatient behavioral health services to people needing to gain control in one or more areas of their lives.  A comprehensive set of services are provided for individuals and families with a range of behavioral health problems and conditions in order to ameliorate existing problems and prevent future problems that may impede the ability to live a full, active and productive life.  UMMHC serve primarily clients who do not have private insurance, are on public assistance, or have no resources.  United Way supports the Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Services program which provides case management and skills education to Beltrami County children diagnosed as emotionally disturbed or seriously emotionally disturbed.  The program also provides therapeutic intervention, family therapy and skills training to improve coping and social skills, as well as individual and couples work as needed and parenting education.  The primary goal is to prevent out-of-home placements.

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