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Adult Community Education

Programs

Minneapolis Adult Education creates and delivers exceptional program design and instruction for adults needing life, academic and work literacy skills. Adult Education serves over 6,000 adults annually in classes. In addition to several community partners, the adult education program operates out of two school district sites:

In-person and distance learning options are available.

Academic instruction is provided in:

  • General Educational Development (GED) and College Preparation
  • English Language Learning (ELL) and Citizenship
  • Career Pathways

Location

800 West Broadway Minneapolis, MN 55411


Aeon

DISCOVER A WELCOMING COMMUNITY

We believe in the power of home. A place where you can gather with friends, tuck the kids into bed and dream. When you make an Aeon community your home, we promise to respect you, care for the property and encourage all our residents to be good neighbors. Together, we’ll make a home for good.

Aeon is a nonprofit manager of affordable homes. We serve nearly 9,000 people annually in the Twin Cities area.

Location

901 North 3rd Street, Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55401


All About You Recovery Counseling Services

Recovery Counseling can help you learn the skills you need to develop, navigate and maintain, a strong program of recovery that is based on your strengths, wants, needs beliefs, and preferences. Recovery is a lifelong journey that can bring many challenges along the way. Recovery Counseling can teach you how to maximize the joy and minimize the struggles along the way. I can help you identify your triggers and stuck points in each stage of recovery and develop plans to successfully work through them.

I believe that recovery services should be developed using a person centered approach, and I believe that it is my job to tailor my services to you. I will help you identify your concerns, issues and struggles related to your substance use and how it has impacted your life. Then I will help you to use the information to set recovery goals that are consistent with your wants, needs, believes and preferences, which will assist you in achieving the life that you have hoped for and  dreamed of. Finally, I will help you develop and maintain your own individualized recovery program.

As a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, I will use my educational and professional expertise to help you map out your long term recovery goals and help you explore and resolve any difficulties you may encounter along the way.  I offer a safe, comfortable  and supportive environment to help you feel as much at ease as possible, even when talking about difficult issues.

Location

555 7th Street West, Suite 302, St. Paul, MN 55102


Alliance Housing Incorporated

We rent to tenants that other landlords turn down because of low income or poor rental and criminal histories. Without stable housing  individuals are unable to hold down a job or get children to school every day. We provide support and flexibility so tenants can maintain housing. Many of our tenants are low wage and seasonal workers – essential to our economy but leaving them with insufficient income to afford market rent apartments.

 

Location

2309 Nicollet Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404


Austin Housing & Redevelopment Authority

Our primary mission is to provide affordable, decent and safe housing to low-income individuals or families through the following subsidized programs:

Public Housing
Twin Towers
Pickett Place
Family Housing
Section 8 Rental Assistance
Bridges Rental Assistance
HRA Educational Video

Further, it is also our mission to remedy the shortage of housing in situations where private enterprise was not available. This housing is not subsidized and is called: Market Rate Housing

Courtyard Apartments
Chauncey Apartments

Other programs that we offer for home ownership opportunities are:

Home Ownership Program
Home Improvement Loans

Thank you for taking the time to browse our site and take advantage of the opportunities that are available to you from the Austin HRA.

Location

308 Second Avenue N.E. Austin, MN 55912


Avivo

At Avivo, we believe that everyone deserves the chance to live well and work well.

Avivo provides a full spectrum of chemical and mental health services, career education, and employment services. Our paired services lay a foundation of health, and social and economic wellness, that transforms lives.

Serving Minnesota since 1960, we specialize in helping individuals and their families who face complex barriers to success – poverty, homelessness, unemployment, chemical addiction or mental health concerns. Avivo helps nearly 15,000 people each year achieve recovery, employment, and economic advancement.

 

Location

1900 Chicago Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404


Back to College

Going back to college as an adult can be a daunting (sometimes even scary), but very worthwhile experience. We all know that there are many talented and accomplished individuals who never went to college or for some reason or another were not able to complete their degree. For many, earning that “piece of paper” can make a significant difference in their professional or personal life (the achievement of a lifelong dream) – but the idea of returning to school after a long absence can present quite a challenge.

Often adults who are returning to school after years of not being in a classroom are apprehensive about not fitting in (for example, being thrust into a classroom with 18 to 25 year olds), taking good notes, studying, and doing well on tests. The admissions and financial aid process can be a confusing and frustrating experience. Back to College® offers a directory of resources and interactive community specifically designed to help manage these challenges, including an Ask the Experts and online discussion forum.


Big Brothers Big Sisters

Every child is unique.

That’s why we have many different ways to bring mentoring directly to kids.  And while not every Big Brothers Big Sisters match looks the same, they all are based on long-lasting, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change lives for the better, forever.

Community-Based Mentoring

One child. One adult. One life-changing relationship. It’s the classic Big Brothers Big Sisters model. Learn more »

School-Based Mentoring

Same time. Same place. These matches meet at the Little’s school or the Big’s workplace on a regular basis throughout the school year. Learn more »

Education & Enrichment

Ready to launch. Helping teen Littles grow and shape their future to achieve success after high school and beyond. Learn more  »

Location

2550 University Avenue West, Suite 410N Saint Paul, MN 55114


Blue Earth & Steele County Employment Services

MRCI’s County Employment Services provides numerous employment services for recipients of:

Minnesota’s Family Investment Program (MFIP)

  • The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) provides temporary assistance to low-income families with one or more children.
  • The program helps families by expecting, supporting and rewarding work.
  • MFIP expects parents who receive cash and food benefits to look for work, attend classes or be working.

Diversionary Work Program (DWP)

  • The Diversionary Work Program (DWP) is designed to meet specific crisis situations and help families move immediately to employment rather than go on welfare.
  • Families participate in the program for only four consecutive months.
  • DWP is a Short-term, non-welfare program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) Employment and Training Services

  • Objective of the SNAP Employment and Training program is to help individuals receiving only food support transition from public assistance to self-sufficiency by preparing for and obtaining paid employment.

Location

421 E Hickory Suite 400 Mankato, MN 560011


Bluff Country Family Resources

Domestic Violence

24-HOUR, TOLL-FREE CRISIS LINE: 1-866-367-4297

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, financial status, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or sexual preference or orientation. Bluff Country Family Resources provides free individualized crisis intervention, legal and personal advocacy, support groups, as well as information and referrals. Some specific services we offer to victims of domestic violence include:

• 24-hour, toll-free crisis line—1-866-367-4297
• Assistance with writing protective orders
• Transportation and accompaniment to court or the hospital for a forensic exam
• Safety planning
• Emergency hotel/motel safe homing
• Emergency financial assistance
• Support groups
• Personal advocacy
• Crisis Intervention
• Information and Referrals

Sexual Violence

24-HOUR, TOLL-FREE CRISIS LINE: 1-866-367-4297

Sexual violence includes any sexual act from unwanted sexual comments to forced vaginal, oral, or anal penetration. Someone known by the victim is more likely to commit sexual violence, rather than a stranger. This fact can make it very hard to seek services. Bluff Country Family Resources advocates understand that sexual violence, whether committed by a stranger or someone known to the victim is a sensitive topic. Bluff Country Family Resources’ advocates will caringly listen and provide support along the path to survival and healing. Specific services may include:

• 24-hour, toll-free crisis line—1-866-367-4297
• Assistance with writing protective orders
• Transportation and accompaniment to court and/or the hospital for a forensic exam
• Safety planning
• Emergency hotel/motel safe homing
• Emergency financial assistance
• Support groups
• Personal Advocacy
• Crisis Intervention
• Information and Referrals

Housing

Our transitional housing program provides independent living for homeless, income eligible victims/survivors of domestic violence and their children. Eligible participants have their own apartment and receive supportive services to help increase their self-sufficiency and quality of life.  Participants also benefit from Bluff Country Family Resources other programs and advocacy.

Rapid Rehousing (RRH)

RRH provides assistance to homeless domestic violence victims. Eligible participants receive assistance finding safe affordable housing and receive up to 6 months of rent assistance, case management, and supportive services. RRH participants also benefit from Bluff Country Family Resources other programs and advocacy.

For more information about housing: bcfr.housingadvocate@goacentek.net


Breaking Free

What if there was a different, better way to live? 

There is.

Do you need a place to stay?

Do you need food? Hygiene supplies? Job skills training?

Do you just need someone confidential to talk to – someone who understands?

Breaking Free is here and we can help you.

Call (651) 645-6557 to schedule your intake.

Parents of Victims

If  you have a loved one that is or has been a victim of sex-trafficking or  prostitution and you have questions or want someone to talk to in this  very real hardship; we have people who have lived through this and  understand the complexities and difficulties. Give us a call and set up a  time for a conversation. We believe in the power of community and  helping one another so that no one has to feel alone. 

Call (1-800-294-7116) 

Phone

(651) 645-6557

Website

https://breakingfree.net/

Location

770 University Avenue W St. Paul, MN 55104


Bridge to Benefits – Children’s Defense Fund

Bridge to Benefits is a project by Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. By answering a few simple questions, you will be able to see if you or someone else may be eligible for public work support programs. We will NOT ask you for information that identifies you.

It’s easy, confidential and free!  Start

NOTE: This screening tool does not determine eligibility. It is only a guideline. After using this screening tool, you must apply to each program to be sure your are eligible.

Location

555 Park Street, Suite 410 St. Paul, MN 55103


Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Children and Families:
At St. Joseph’s Home for Children and Northside Child Development Center we work with children and their families to provide a good start in life through a nurturing environment, comfort in crisis, and mental health counseling for bright, strong futures.

New Americans:
Catholic Charities helps refugees work towards independence by reuniting families and providing assistance as they settle.

Older Adults and People With Disabilities:
We serve older adults and people with disabilities, helping them live independently in their homes and connecting homeless elders to housing.

People Experiencing or at Risk of Homelessness:
At places like the Dorothy Day Center, Higher Ground, Family Service Center and the Opportunity Center we provide meals, shelter and opportunities to find jobs, secure a stable home and medical care for those who need it.

Location

1200 2nd Ave. South Minneapolis, MN 55403


Cedar Valley Services

Since 1960, Cedar Valley Services Inc. has been helping communities in the Minnesota area to get back on their feet by providing vocational rehabilitation services. Our dedicated group of individuals also provide services for individuals with disabilities.

 If you require help in starting work, we’ll assess your potential and place you in a competitive working environment that helps you grow and stabilize financially.

Employment in a wide variety of sectors

Cedar Valley Services Inc. has been helping communities in the Minnesota area by providing employment opportunities for a few prime products. We also help individuals with disabilities using our contracts with commerce and industry for a variety services in facilities owned by us as well as customers.

Once you reach out to us, we’ll assess your potential and place you in a competitive working environment that helps you grow and stabilize financially.

Services available for individuals with disability

Are you struggling to find the right job because of a disability? You are not alone anymore. Our friendly and dedicated team will help you assess your potential and then help you choose the right program. This will help you become equipped to take up work in any service or sector successfully and help you stabilize your life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with disability and trying to find work, you can use our referral form and give us the details so that we can reach out immediately.

Location

2111 4th St NW Austin, MN 55912


Central Minnesota Legal Services – Minneapolis, St. Cloud & Wilmar

We’re Here to Help

Central Minnesota Legal Services has been providing civil legal services to low-income persons in 21 counties in Central Minnesota for more than 40 years.

Our mission is to advocate for access to the civil justice system for low income people by providing high quality legal services and to improve the lives of people living in poverty by empowering self-advocacy skills through legal education.

CMLS helps eligible clients through direct representation, brief advice, and through participating in community legal education programs.

We Defend Those Who Can’t Defend Themselves

CMLS staff provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in 21 Central Minnesota counties from three offices located in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, and Willmar. Our staff attorneys are dedicated to preserving clients’ basic needs and protecting them from abuse.

In 2015 CMLS assisted over 2,100 individuals and families and helped more than 7,200 additional individuals and families through our self-help clinics.

Location

430 First Avenue North, Suite 359 Minneapolis, MN 55401


Central MN Jobs & Training Services

Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc. (CMJTS) is a nonprofit employment and training agency and a partner in the Minnesota WorkForce Center System. Our mission is to match job seekers, youth, businesses, and those seeking training with the resources available to them. CMJTS is a partner of Workforce Service Area 5 which serves 11 counties in Central Minnesota, including Meeker, McLeod, Renville, Kandiyohi, Kanabec, Wright, Sherburne, Mille Lacs, Isanti, Chisago, and Pine Counties.


Channel One Regional Food Bank

Feeding People. Changing Lives.

Channel One Regional Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, is the largest hunger relief organization in Southeast Minnesota. Channel One provides food assistance to low-income individuals and families through the Channel One Food Shelf Program. Additionally, Channel One rescues surplus donated food product from the food industry and distributes the food to area food shelves, meal programs, group homes, and shelters throughout a 14­-county service area in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

Location

131 35th Street SE Rochester, MN 5590


Community Action Center of Northfield

At the Community Action Center, our mission is to meet our neighbors’ most basic needs. Each person’s needs are unique – some need food, while others seek housing or help finding a job.

Our core programming and resources serve to promote a healthy, caring and just community.

Location

1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS-200 Northfield, MN 55057


Criminal Expungement: MN Courts

What is criminal expungement?

Criminal expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal records from a criminal court case so that they cannot be seen by the public. It is important to remember that an expunged record is NOT destroyed. The police, law enforcement agencies, FBI, immigration, and other public officials may still see sealed records from criminal court cases for certain purposes. Usually, people ask for an expungement when they have been denied a job, housing, or a professional license because of their criminal background.

NOTE: Expungement of Housing Eviction Court Records is a separate court process. This type of expungement asks for a judge to seal an eviction court record (formerly known as unlawful detainer) from public view. Eviction expungement has different steps and requirements.


Crossroads Aftercare

OUR FOCUS & GOAL

To help individuals in early recovery rebuild their lives while assisting them in developing and maintaining a support network to guard against relapse.  To help residents attain the necessary skills to live an addiction free life. We accomplish this by:

  • Assisting residents in addressing the issues that have kept them in a cycle of addiction.
  • Guiding development of a support network that encourages positive change and recovery.
  • Teaching how to reach for help and how to implement the feedback received.
  • Encouraging short- and long-term goals that create the life each resident deserves.

Location

2823 South Wayzata Blvd Minneapolis, MN 55405


Crystal Meth Anonymous – Minnesota

Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. There are no dues or fees for CMA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. CMA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; and neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to lead a sober life and to carry the message of recovery to the crystal meth addict who still suffers.

We have found that we relate best to other crystal meth addicts because they understand the darkness, paranoia and compulsions of this particular addiction. The Twelve Steps of CMA were adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous. We do not believe we are better or worse than those in other Twelve Step fellowships. At the same time, many of us fail to fully identify with “a falling-down drunk” or, in the case of a heroin addict, “a nodding-off junkie.” The hyper-extended length and intensity of crystal meth’s effects, be it compulsive cleaning or sexual activity, were unique. Many of us have attended other Twelve Step meetings, but the feeling of identification in the Rooms of CMA has helped us to keep coming back. After all, who but another meth addict understands the insanity that accompanies the high and, finally, that seemingly bottomless drop into depression that makes us desperate to use still more?

Location

PO Box 710 Anoka, MN 55303


Damascus Way

Damascus Way is a halfway house program serving men with criminal histories. Assistance in finding employment, permanent housing, and a support community is offered. But more than that, we provide opportunities for our residents to consider the deeper issues of their lives. Those who come to Damascus Way are here because they have lost their freedom. The misuse of freedom results in being locked up in addictions, destructive behaviors, and ultimately, behind iron bars.

The Minneapolis facility, located in Golden Valley, has 18 beds.  Men involved with the Minnesota Department of Corrections on Supervised Release, Intensive Supervised Release, and Work Release are all eligible for referrals along with those who have a criminal past.  We also accept those who are seeking a sober living environment.  Features include:

  • Near the bus line, just minutes from downtown Minneapolis
  • Weekly meetings and coaching sessions
  • Assistance in Job and Housing search
  • Private yard with woods and recreation
  • 2 Community Rooms/Lounges
  • Hot meals served every day
  • Washer, Dryer

The Rochester program, serving the Tri-County area of Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted and all of southeastern MN, has 55 beds in two locations.  Men involved with the Minnesota Department of Corrections on Work Release and DFO Community Corrections referrals are all eligible along with those who have a criminal past.  We also accept those who are seeking a sober living environment.  Features include:

  • Apartment style living in two-bedroom units
  • Private Kitchens/Bathrooms/Showers
  • Weekly meetings and coaching sessions
  • Assistance in Job and Housing search
  • Near the bus line, just minutes from downtown Rochester
  • Game room/Lounge with Television and Pool Table
  • Washer/Dryer

For more information go to the CONTACT page and send us an email


Direct Assessments & Counseling Services

Have you recently gotten a DUI and you need a chemical evaluation?

Do you think you may have an alcohol or drug problem, but not sure what to do?

Are you required that to get a “Rule 25” or “Chemical Use Assessment”?

Would you like some help trying to figure out what to do next for yourself or someone you care about?

Have you had a bad treatment experience, but you know you still need help?

Whether you are looking for someone who can help you complete a mandated assessment, or you’re looking for insight to your drug and alcohol use, we can help. Having worked with hundreds of individuals and families, we have the experience, knowledge, and compassion to assist you towards getting to a better place.

You have many choices when looking for a mental health professional, be sure to get an experienced, compassionate, understanding person who takes time to listen and understand your unique situation!

Location

2915 Wayzata Blvd S Minneapolis, MN 55405


Disabled American Veterans Department of Minnesota

The Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota (DAV MN) is a membership organization for the women and men disabled in our nation’s defense in Minnesota. Learn more about DAV MN.

Phone

(612) 970-5665

Website

https://davmn.org/

Location

Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building; Room 192 1 Federal Drive Ft. Snelling, MN 55111


Diversion Solutions – Driver’s License Reinstatement Program

Do not be fooled by other organizations that say they can reinstate your driver’s license.   Our Driver’s License reinstatement program is the only program authorized by Minnesota State law!

We can get your license valid and remove the suspensions. If you are unsure if you qualify for the program, apply for the program and we will get you the answer. View and print waiver: fill out the waiver in its entirety and follow the directions on the waiver.

Driving under a revoked license is stressful and can lead to more fines and fees or worse.   Being able to drive legally, go to work, tend to family needs, and be able to legitimately drive on the roads creates freedom and opportunity for you and your family.

Since 2009, the program has had over 12,000 participants legally reinstated.  The reinstatements provide individuals the right to regain the use of their driving privileges while paying any outstanding citations.

Here’s how it works

  1. Fill out the waiver in its entirety and mail, fax, or email a copy to us.
  2. Diversion Solutions presents your information to the Department of Vehicle Services and they conduct an initial review of your case.
  3. If approved, Diversion Solutions will call you to:
    1. Set up your payment plan
    2. Help you acquire insurance
    3. Schedule your required classroom training (4 Hours)

After this:

  • You will receive a certificate to take to DVS
  • Take your written and or driving test
  • Pay your $30 reinstatement fee
  • Receive your valid driver’s license.
  • You can trust that we can get this done with your participation and commitment.

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2446 University Ave. W., Suite 112 • Saint Paul, MN 55114 • 612.584.4158