Resources for NAZ Staff & Families 

Lucy Craft Laney Fall Family Night 11/21
For coaches with scholars at Lucy Craft Laney – students have been studying the attributed of North Minneapolis and invite you to see their work at Lucy Laney Community School, 3333 Penn Ave N, on Tuesday, November 21st from 4-7pm. This event also includes BINGO! Basket raffles and a chance to win a turkey. Contact Jalonda Combs at 612.668.2168 for more information. Click here for event flyer.
Holiday Food and Toy Resources 2017

Deadlines and Program Capacities Vary (Information as of October 30, 2017)

Please Note:  A number of Food Shelves are having Holiday food or possibly gift programs for their participants.  If you are registered with a particular Food Shelf or are otherwise getting food from a Food Shelf, please check with the food shelf staff directly.

Resources Open to Minneapolis families

UNITED WAY 2-1-1:  United Way receives information from organizations that are providing Holiday food, toys or gifts.  Call 2-1-1 or 651-291-0211.  They will search for programs within your zip code.

SALVATION ARMY TOY SHOP: For children up to age 14, LIVING IN Anoka, Carver,  Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright counties. Taking registrations at 651-746-3595, from November 8 through December 5, 2017, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. (closed Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving.)  Must register by phone and obtain an appointment.  Documents required include Picture ID for adult and ID for each child in the household, such as Social Security card, Medical card, or school ID. 

You cannot be registered for any other toy program, such as Toys for Tots. 

Registration may also be done on line at http://www.SalvationArmyNorth.org/toyshop for those with an email address.  When you complete the form, your information will be given to an agency that can serve you.  They will be responsible for instructing you on how to pick up toys. 

The Salvation Army may allow homeless families to register if they have verification of a zip code, such as a letter from the location where they are staying or a letter from a shelter.  Check for that information at (651)746-3595.

TOYS FOR TOTS AND GIFTS FOR TEENS 2017. (Covers the following counties onlyAnoka, Blue Earth, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Freeborn, Hennepin, Ramsey, Rice, Sherburne, Scott, Washington and Wright.) http://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys-city-county.aspx?txtState=MINNESOTA         Toys are distributed through participating charitable organizations. On Nov. 23rd,   information will be available about the participating organizations.  Call United Way (see above) – at 2-1-1 or 651-291-0211, to learn which programs have toys for children. A child may only be registered through one charitable organization. Multiple registrations by different family members, at different locations, are not allowed. Only toy requests by family members with custodial responsibility are normally approved. Other requests are considered on a case by case basis. The age limit is 16 years old.

FARE FOR ALL EXPRESS  763-450-3880 Fare for All -Visit website for locations and times: http://fareforall.org/find-a-site.  Offers a special Holiday package.  No registration required.  Attend a Fare for All site during the month of December, last day for holiday pack in the metro area is Thursday December 21st, 2017..  Holiday Pack for $30 –typically includes ham, whole chicken, beef ring sausage, turkey, breakfast sausage, mixed vegetables and dutch apple pie (items are subject to change).  Payment includes:  cash, credit/debit card, or EBT


Offers discounted Toys for families who quality.  Preregistration is required:  Bring proof of address with a photo Id or utility bill.  Registrations includes children’s original birth certificate (No Photo Copies).  612.524.5824 Locations: Hospitality Youth Development 1220 Logan Ave N, Nov 2nd & Nov 25th,  2017 9-4pm – Straight Gate Church 638 E Franklin Avenue, Dec 3rd,  1-4pm;  Dec 7th 2017 6-8pm; Dec 8th 6-8pm

Hennepin County Resources


Little Earth United Tribes gymnasium 2501 Cedar Ave S Mpls, MN 55404. Thanksgiving basket host sites on November 18th 2017 8-4pm you can also register for TOYS for TOTS on that day. Please bring ID and Children’s Birth Certificates. 612.724.0023

MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH:  2400 Park Avenue, S., Minneapolis, MN. 612-871-8831 On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, (November 18th , 2017) and Christmas (December 23rd, 2017) there will be food baskets given out to food shelf participants.  Must live in the Phillips Area-To the North: Highway 94; To the South: Lake Street; to the East:  Hiawatha Ave.; and to the West: -35W. Must have ID and proof of residence (utility bill, current mail.)

NORTHPOINT HOLIDAY DISTRIBUTION – NorthPoint provides an annual distribution of gift certificates and turkey vouchers to families sponsored in part by private donations and individual donors. (call for dates/times)  612-767-9500



A joint program between the Blaisdell YMCA and Roosevelt High School.  The program has been giving families in South Minneapolis (not just Roosevelt families) holiday dinners for 40 years. Pick up basket onDecember 22, 11:00-2:00.  The program serves diverse groups of low-income families as well as people with disabilities, and families in hard times.  (see separate flier)

PLYMOUTH CHRISTIAN YOUTH CENTER  612-643-2000www.pcye-mpls.org        Serves North Minneapolis children ages Kindergarten – 8th grade.  Children may shop on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 9 am – 1 pm.  Must purchase tickets in advance – $1 per child, at Plymouth Christian Youth Center’s main building, 2210 Oliver Ave. N, Minneapolis.  $1 can purchase 5 gifts. 

Lynne Crockett

 Transit Assistance Program (TAP) for Riders

 The Transit Assistance Program (TAP) is designed to help make public transit more affordable for low-income residents. Click here to learn more.

To sign up, you must:

  • Present one of the following accepted certificates listed below.
  • Show a photo ID card or utility statement with your name and address on it.
  • Add money to your TAP card.
  • Once the TAP card is used, you will have access to the $1.00 fare for a full year.

Free IDs (State ID, Marriage, Death, or Birth Certificate)

FOR: NAZ Families in need of obtaining a State ID, Marriage, Death, or Birth certificate.
WHERE: If one of your families has no other means of obtaining these items, have them go to The Basilica of Saint Mary’s 88 North 17th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 333-1381 located at the end of downtown Minneapolis.

WHEN: ID voucher days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 930-1130,

NOTE: Arrive early and prepare to be in line by 8:00am as it gets busy. Families will be given a free voucher for any of the above documents and you will then be able to go downtown and purchase your document without any financial worries. Families must bring two forms of ID. Students can bring a student ID and a copy of their enrollment record as proof. All persons need a piece of mail with a Minneapolis address.


Free Shoes for Mpls Residents

Shoe voucher to Kmart on Lake St

Serving our neighbors who need shoes or boots

·         Mondays and Saturdays, 9:30-11:00am, Teresa of Calcutta Hall

Since 1988, we’ve provided over 200,000 pairs of shoes to children and families in Minneapolis.

What kind of help do we give?

·         Shoe vouchers redeemable at the Lake Street K-mart are available once every 12 months.

How to obtain assistance?

Apply in person in Teresa of Calcutta Hall in the undercroft on Mondays or Saturdays from 9:30-11:00am; first come, first served.

·         Each adult guest needs to be present.

·         Children do not need to be present. A medical card, Social Security card, birth certificate, or form of ID must be provided for each child.

Please bring the following documentation:

·         A picture ID.   A valid driver’s license is required for a gas card.

·         Proof of residency in 55401, 55402, 55403, 55405, or 55411 zip codes. This may be a utility bill or other piece of mail dated within 30 days of receiving the shoe voucher.

·         Minneapolis shelter or transitional housing residents need a letter from shelter

. (The shelter must be in Minneapolis, but does not need to meet the zip code requirement.)


Financial Literacy Directory for Families Looking for Financial Literacy

This directory was created to compile all of the financial services that were highlighted in the Financial Literacy Workshop on April 18th & 19th. This listing is a ‘work in progress’, and will be revised as more resources are added and updated.

On the first page, the various financial services for clients are listed. If you click on the logos, you will reach the website for the agency to get more detailed information, find schedules for classes and workshops, and contact information to refer your clients. The second page of the directory lists valuable online resources for agencies and counselors. To reach the webpages, simply highlight the URL -> right click -> click go.

Agencies can find guidance to use in developing financial literacy training for your clients including curriculum, resources and user guides.
Counselors can find tools and resources to use in one-on-one sessions with clients. This directory has been posted on websites for easy access. It can be found –

1. City of Minneapolis website – bottom of the page: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cped/metp/WCMS1P-115357

2. Hennepin County MFIP website – under in the Community resources drawer, under the Budgeting and Finance section:http://www.hennepin.us/business/work-with-henn-co/mfip-dwp-employment-services



MPHA is opening their two-bedroom public housing waitlist


Please notify your families (via email, text, or a quick call) that MPHA is opening their two-bedroom public housing waitlist. Click here for a flyer with more information.

What: Two-Bedroom Public Housing
When: Apply between June 1 8amJune 3 11:59pm or every 3rd Wednesday until waitlist has reached capacity.

Notes: Interested families MUST apply to the waitlist online at
http://www.mphaonline.com/familywaitlist (note the site is not live until June 1, and will not be optimized for mobile devices).

Questions? See Ashaundria Prowell


Second Chance Saturdays – Every 3rd Saturday Starting 4/15 from 1130-230

Second Chance Saturday is a workshop for expungement and criminal records assistance. Partnering with local attorneys, we provide free legal advice about expunging criminal records and related issues. This work helps people with a criminal record reduce and remove the stigma and burden of having a criminal history, and the barriers that go with it, such as difficulty finding employment or housing.
Who: Families with criminal records
What: expungement and criminal records assistance
Where: UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
When: Every 3rd Saturday starting 4/15 from 1130am-230pm
Contact: Hannah Lomax-Vogt, Criminal Justice League, 419-296-1159, lomax014@umn.edu for more information

MPD Citizens’ Academy

Learn directly from investigators, trainers, precinct commanders and officers about police procedures, what it is like to be an officer and how the Minneapolis Police Department is organized at the Citizens’ Academy. This 10-week course offered by the Training Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department is open to people who:
• Are 18 years of age;
• Live or work in Minneapolis; or are parents, partners, or spouses of employees of Minneapolis Police Department; and
• Pass a background check.

Topics include Use of Force, Investigations, K-9 Unit, 911 Operations, Emergency Response Unit and much more. For any questions or for information on registering for the class, Mary Lou Fiala in the Training Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department, 673-3420.

The Minneapolis Police Department seeks to serve people from a wide variety of backgrounds when selecting participants in its Citizen’s Academy classes. It attempts to attract candidates of different ethnicities, professions, cultural backgrounds, age groups, and neighborhoods throughout the city in the hopes of enriching class discussions and reaching out to as many communities as possible.

Seating is limited–we give priority to those applicants who commit to becoming block leaders. If seating capacity is exceeded, we will put non-block leaders on a waiting list. Applicants are requested to complete an application and will be requested to have a background check completed through the Minneapolis Police Department. Application


FREE – Fun, Lunch & Hands-on Learning for Northsiders Interested in a Career in Healthcare

Please notify families with anyone 9 and older, who are interested in becoming a doctor, dentist, nurse, vet, EMT or other healthcare professionals, of this opportunity from The Ladder. The Ladder is a society of medical scholars, ages 9-99, committed to service learning, leadership development, and cascading mentorship. This monthly event includes lunch, hands-on activities, and mentorship on next-steps for scholars of all ages interested in pursuing healthcare careers.

WHO: The Ladder (www.theladderMN.org)
WHEN: Each month, every second Saturday, from 12:30-2:30pm
WHERE: UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
COST: The Ladder is FREE and a light, healthy lunch is served
TRANSPORTATION: Bus routes 19, 32 and 7
RSVP: No reservations are needed. Please attend when your schedule permits

Click here for more information.



Jobs with Minneapolis Public Schools

Forward these job opportunities to any of your friends who might have an interest in any of these positions: jobs.mpls.k12.mn.us.


New Moms Group @ Appetite for Change

A group for pregnant women, 1st time moms, and moms with a child under the age of 24 months who want to engage with other moms and learn more about healthy living, breast feeding, making baby food, and celebrating women. The group meets twice a month on Tuesdays from 5-730pm. Please see flyer for more information.


Tips on how to talk to kids about traumatic events

Please share these tips with your families on how to have the difficult conversation surrounding tragedies. Please use whatever parts are most helpful for you or your families and feel free to print it off and pass it out. You should reach out to families that you believe may be struggling the most.

If you anticipate these ideas not being enough for some families you can refer them to the 24hr crisis line where they can get support-612-379-6363.  Let families know that if they want to give a fake name or no name when speaking to a counselor they can.

Mobile units are available 24hrs and if needed can come to the home for someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Adults call 612-596-1223

For children call 612-348-2233

Submit an Opportunity

To submit an opportunity for NAZ families, be sure to fill out the form here.