A number of programs and charities operate across the Cass and Beltrami areas of Minnesota. With thousands of local families needing help with rent, energy bills, foreclosure prevention and other expenses in this weak economy, these agencies are a great place to call for financial assistance and advice. Get information on options available to you below.
A group of local churches and religious organizations have partnered together to form a charity called Churches United. Financial assistance programs and counseling are offered for the low income, homeless, persistently poor, and impoverished individuals and families, by providing financial assistance for paying bills, rent and other expenses. They also offer referrals to local charities, government programs, and non-profits in an empowering manner while also seeking the cause of poverty and putting into place long term self sufficient programs. Call the churches at 218-444-1380.
Bemidji Community Soup Kitchen - This charity organization can provide free food and meals certain days of the week. People of all incomes and backgrounds can get access to the aid. There are no restrictions. Phone 751-2810
Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc. - The leading non-profit that is committed to helping people make it through a short term crisis, and at the same time trying to lead to long term self-sufficiency.
The main office is in Bemidji Minnesota, and the Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc. can be reached at (218) 751-4631. Learn more.
Community Resource Connections - A great place to call for information, advice, and access to government (federal and Minnesota) assistance programs. Direct services and aid that is offered to the public include: Management of Resource Centers for financial aid, Referral and Advocacy, provision of an unusually inclusive form of Information, Social Security Disability Application assistance, Senior Outreach concerning Medicare Part D, and Minnesota Health Care application assistance. They can also direct people to Minnesota community clinics.
North Country Food Bank partners with local pantries, churches, and food banks in Cass and Beltrami County Minnesota. They provide soup, food, hot and cold meals, and other help to the low income. Call 218-281-7356
Clothing - Free or low cost, new or gently used clothes can be provided by Seventh Day Advent Store (751-1985) as well as St. Philips Clothing Depot (444-3835).
Northern Dental Access Center - Provides free or low cost dental care and other family service referrals to low income families, unemployed and working poor that are enrolled in Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care in the Bemidji Minnesota and surrounding areas and communities. The dental center can provide cleanings, dental exams, dentures, fillings, extractions, root canals. In addition, if they can’t help you for some reason, they can often provide referrals for specialty care needs or to local hospitals to a variety of providers throughout the state. Call 218-444-9646
Salvation Army of Roseville MN (phone 218-444-8434) offers emergency aid, such as fund and limited financial assistance for bills, rent, etc. Several other social services are offered by the regional Salvation Army programs, including Christmas assistance, shelter, and free food and meals from a pantry. Other local numbers and offices to call include Salvation Army in Brainerd 829-1120 as well as Walker (call) 547-1340. Or more on Cass and Beltrami Salvation Army financial assistance.
Food - In addition to the various agencies listed on the page which may have fund, other options include the following towns and locations. Longville (363-3949), Walker (547-1713), Hackensack (675-5862), Pine River (587-2316) and Pillager (phone 746-4009).
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