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Community Supports

Find ongoing education or in-kind support in the community.

Scholars age 8-13 can get a caring mentor and spend time in the community doing activities. Bigs (adults) meet Littles (scholars) two to four times a month. BBBS_NAZ Child Recruitment flyer_FINAL (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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.)

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

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 from 1130am-230pm
Contact: Hannah Lomax-Vogt, Criminal Justice League, 419-296-1159, lomax014@umn.edu for more information

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

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.

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