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This week’s blog will be a variety of resources for services and programs in the St. Cloud community that I have learned about during my internship.  This will be my last resource blog for Cook Counseling Services and would like to thank the people who read these blogs.  I really hope I have at least helped a couple of people connect with resources they needed.

Tri-County Community Action Program (Tri-CAP) 1 (320) 251-1612 or 1 (888) 765-5597

Tri-CAP offers a variety of services and programs to people living in Sterns, Benton, and Sherburne counties.  Some of their services include: energy, home ownership, housing, transportation, and self sufficiency.  Each of the services has programs.


  • Energy Assistance- eligible by income, size of grant based on household size, income, fuel type, and energy usage, funds available for renters or homeowners.
  • Reach Out for Warmth- a community based emergency fuel fund established to assist households over income for the Energy Assistance program.
  • Weatherization-provides services to reduce residential energy consumption for income eligible households.
  • Purchase of Homes- income qualified households may be able to purchase a home in the communities of the tri county area.
  • Housing Assistance- stabilize the lives for families or individuals who are homeless or who are at imminent risk of homelessness or living in shelters, by providing budget counseling, damage deposits and/or first month’s rent.
  • Home Repair Loan- a home repair loan provides homeowners resources to make needed repairs.
  • Lead testing- Tri-CAP offers a complete line of professional lead testing services to protect families.
  • Renting 101- is a class room training and individual counseling where the participant will learn about the renting progress and credit reports.  I attended this class and got a lot of useful information from it!
  • Public Transit Bus Services- public transportation bus service in Benton, Morrison, and Sterns counties along with the cities of Little Falls, Melrose, and Sauk Centre.
  • Volunteer Drivers- volunteers use their own vehicles to provide rides to residents in Benton, Sterns, and Morrison counties.
  • Transportation Resource Center- you can call to help find transportation resources to match the passenger with the most suitable and cost effective solution.  Phone: 1 (320) 202-7824 or

1 (800) 600-7498

  • Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM)- Awesome program!  Participants put $40 dollars a month in a savings account and this program matches it at a 3:1 ratio. Participants can save up to $960 over a two year period and receive $3,840 back to use towards higher education, home purchase, or to start a small business.  Eligibility is based on income ad household size.
  • Financial Fitness- this is a class for un-banked or under-banked people with the goal of them getting into mainstream financial institutions and set-up with savings accounts.  These steps can help reduce and possible eliminate the use of payday loans, pawnshops, check cashing places, ect.
  • Food Support- Tri-CAP offers information about the State run Food Support Program and helps people apply if needed.
  • Soar- is a case management program that assists adults who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, with Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income applications.
  • Tax Assistance- Tri-CAP provides free tax assistance to help lower-income individuals and families.  They offer free electronic filing too!
  • W.I.N.G.S./Displaced Homemaker- WoMen Investing New Goals and Solutions, is a pre-employment program for men and women who lack income due to death, divorce, separation, or the disability of a partner.

Four County Crisis Response Team 1(800) 635-8008 or 1 (320)253-5555.  Crisis line is open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

This place provides community based immediate, mental health crisis services to children, adults, and families in the following counties: Benton, Sherburne, Sterns, and Wright.  Services include:

  • Crisis hotline number listed above
  • Crisis screening
  • Face-to-face assessment and intervention
  • Crisis stabilization
  • Crisis prevention planning
  • Overnight crisis care and Stabilization for children and youth
  • Residential adult crisis stabilization

United Way of Central Minnesota dial 211 or call 1 (800) 543-7709

This is a service to help people get connected to the resources they need or are looking for.  You just simply call either of the numbers listed above and tell them what you need help with and they will provide you with them resources.  I have used this service and they are very helpful and friendly.  I highly recommend using this resource.

Child Care Choices 1 (320) 251-5081 or 1 (800) 288-8549

Child Care Choices provides support for caregivers of children whom are not theirs.  Caregivers include Aunts, Uncles, Siblings, Grandparents, and other relatives.  It also doesn’t matter if you have legal custody of the child or not.  Here are some of the services they provide.

  • Information and referrals for local resources you need
  • Where to find local support/discussion groups
  • Connecting you with other caregivers who understand the unique challenges faced by those raising a second family
  • Providing workshops where local  experts present on topics of importance to kinship families
  • Legal Steps and First Steps manual
  • Other programs they have information about include: Child Care Aware, Early Learning Scholarships, Parent Aware, Early Childhood Seminars, Child and Adult Care Food Program

St. Cloud Hospital-Centra Care Health System

Centra Care Health System offers a variety of mental health resources.  Here are some of the programs and services.

  • Behavioral Health Clinic- helps people experiencing the entire range of mental health problems and behavior-related medical problems.
  • Inpatient Mental Health Unit- serves people 18 years of age and older.  The focus is to help people return to a level of mental health that allows one to safely resume their lives and treatment on an outpatient basis
  • Partial Hospitalization- Outpatient services to people 18 years of age and older.  Open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm. Phone: 1 (320) 229-4977 for more information or 1 (320) 255-5774 for referrals and assessments.
  • Recovery Plus- offers a full continuum of clinical services that is offered to provide individualized care by a team of professionals.  Phone 1 (320) 229-3760 or 1 (800) 742-4357
  • Clara’s house- for children or adolescents with emotional, behavioral, or mental health problems.  Clara’s house in a partial hospitalization offered by the St. Cloud hospital 1 (320) 229-4950.  Provides a home like comforting atmosphere.
  • Inpatient Mental Health Unit- for adolescents ages 12-18. The focus is to quickly return the patient to a level of mental health that allows them to resume their lives and treatment at home safely.  Phone: 1 (320) 255-5774

The Arc Midstate Regional office 1 (320) 251-7272 or out of area 1 (877) 251-7272

The Arc helps provide support for people and families of intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.  They serve Sterns, Benton, Morrison, and Todd counties in Mid-Minnesota. Support is offered by these programs.

  • Family and Caregiver Support- includes a variety of parents groups including new Parent Contact sessions; parent to parent matching, Sibsday events for siblings of children with special needs, and a Autism Connection Program.
  • MOFAS- partnership providing support and resources for parents and professionals on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
  • Training and educational skill building workshops- on a variety of topics including: Regional Potpourri Conference for those providing care and support for children and teens with special needs; workshops on guardianship, wills and trusts and more.
  • Advocacy- Help to navigate various service systems including social services, schools/education, employment; housing access advocacy services for adults.
  • Public Policy and Civic Engagement- Town Hall Meetings, Legislative Forums and updates on legislative actions and policies.
  • Community Events- annual community picnics, dances, Buddy Walk, rose sale and golf outing
  • Local Resources-lending resource library, website and Facebook page, information and referral services.

Hands Across the World 1 (320) 260-1072

This is Hands Across the Worlds missions statement: “To provide a first learning experience to newly arrived immigrants and refugees who do not have the language or living skills to thrive in our community. In a classroom environment, we help both children and parents acquire the tools needed to become integrated citizens of Central Minnesota.” They are also are always looking for volunteers, if interested!

Independent Lifestyles, Inc. 1(320) 529-9000 or 1 (888) 529-0743

Independent Lifestyles, Inc offers a wide range of services for people with disabilities and they are a team promoting independence and choices for people with disabilities, their families, and communities.  Some of the services offered are: Independent living skills, PCA choice, advocacy, peer mentoring & solial/support groups, representative payee services-PROFIT, educational services, accessibility (in homes, vehicles, and the community), Special Needs Basic Care Program (SNBC Program), Gentle Help, Reminders, Assistance, Companionship, and Errands Program (GRACE Program), Blended Resources Achieving Vocational Outcomes (BRAVO Program), and information and referral.  Serves counties Sterns, Meeker, Isanti, Benton, Sherburne, Mille Lacs, Kandiyohi, Wright, and Morrison.  The main office is located in Sauk Rapids, MN.

Rise, Inc 1 (320) 656-5608

Rise provides services which will better enable people to enjoy living and working in their community.  You are eligible for services if you have a serious mental health diagnoses, are unemployed or underemployed, and are an adult of Benton, Sherburne, Sterns, or Wright.  They also help with career exploration and planning, developing job-seeking skills, increasing your economic self-sufficient through earned wages, and making personal choices.  The services they provide are Independent Living Skills, Housing Support Services, Rental Subsides/assistance, and Services Coordination. Located in St. Cloud, MN.

Community and Family Services, LLC 1 (320) 230-0900

Community and Family Services provides family-based services across several different counties in the state of Minnesota. Services include: Family Group Decision Making (FGDM), Assisting families while in Family Dependency Treatment Court through FGDM Services, Youth in Transition Conferences, Family Mediation, and Family Based Services.  They are located in Waite Park, MN.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota 1 (320) 253-1616

They are a mentoring program connecting kids with mentors.  They help youth realize their full potential by providing positive growth experiences through one to one mentorship.  Mentors meet with their little’s once a week and enjoy activities such as: board games, bowling, going to movies, arts and crafts, playing sports, fishing, and many other fun activities.  There are around 140 kids in central Minnesota who can benefit from this program.  If you are interested you can call the number above and get more information about how to become a mentor.  They also have non mentoring opportunities if that is more what you are interested in.

Casa Guadalupe Multicultural Community 1 (320) 685-3949 or for Spanish call 1 (320) 217-3923

They improve the quality of life for Latinos in Central Minnesota through programming and services that empower families to be socially, economically, and civically engaged in their communities.  It is the only Latino resource center in over sixteen counties in Central Minnesota that advocates and directly works with the Latino community.  They hold regular cultural centered events and have employment partnerships to help people in the Latino community find jobs.  They also have a partnership with local colleges such as St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud Technical and community College, The colleges of St. Benedict and St. Johns.  You can also order Pinatas through Casa Guadalupe, they are hand made by the Latino community.

Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1 (800) 328-9095

Vocational Rehabilitation services are for people with significant disabilities who are serious about getting or keeping a job.  A staff person will talk with you and help you apply for services and other qualifying programs.  Some other services include: vocational Rehabilitation counseling, job training, job placement, services to keep your job, and assistive technology.  Located in St Cloud, MN.

Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center 1 (320)251-4357 or 1 (800) 237-5090

They are available 24 hours a day to provide free and confidential assistance.  The Center provides services to victims/survivors of all ages and of all types of sexual abuse/assault, and to their partners, friends, and families.  Some services include: 24 hour crisis line, advocacy and emotional support, 1:1 support counseling, and referrals.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!  I hope by providing these resources it will help more people to know about them and use them.  Thanks and have a good one!  I leave you with one of my favorite sayings: Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about be kind…..always!

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