Resources for NAZ Staff & Families 

Grief Camp

I work for Fairview Health Services as a Camp Coordinator. This year marks the second year of an effort to extend our trauma resources into North Minneapolis. We have a free grief camp for children 6 to 17 years of age who have lost a loved one, coming up on September 9th at the YMCA Camp Ihduhapi. We are currently recruiting youth and adult volunteers. We have 50 spots for youth, 15 are filled so far. We are also recruiting adult volunteers. Of the 15 young people signed up so far, none are from North Minneapolis, despite exhaustive recruiting efforts. We have one African American volunteer so far. We have arranged for free transportation from Zion Baptist Church, we will feed everyone breakfast, lunch, and dinner and all of the camp activities, canoeing, zip lines, basketball, 9 Square, GAGA Pit, Leap Of Faith, etc. are free. We will have breakout sessions where youth can honor their loved ones and commiserate with other youth. We are continuing to recruit under-served populations in our effort to help youth with grief related issues.

I’m reaching out to you in my continuing effort to recruit youth and adult volunteers, hoping you can help. I’ve attached a copy of the flyer.

Akmed Khalifa 651-434-7667



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.