This web page provides a list of community services available to provide you with assistance in various areas. Please contact these services directly.
Do not contact the church office.
At the Anoka County website you can choose among the menu items:
“Help for" Families, Individuals, Seniors, and Youth.
This is a comprehensive resource that includes the locations, type of help available and contact information.
This resource includes programs for youth, veterans, seniors, adult and child foster care and many more.
There is also a schedule for immunization clinics.
Calls answered during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday).
General Information (Switchboard) 763-421-4760
TTY Hearing Impaired General Information 763-323-5289
Community Emergency Assistance Program
Anoka County Human Services Center
1201 89th Avenue NE, Suite 130
Blaine, MN 55434
Phone: (763) 783-4930
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Coverage throughout Anoka County
10190 Lancaster Ln
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Phone: (763) 566-9600
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Service Area: Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, East Champlin and Anoka County.
Getting help is easy. There are three ways to reach the free and confidential food information service from United Way, which is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week:
Cell phone users call 651/291-0211,
Dial 1-800-543-7709 for the toll-free line
Trained information specialists can direct you to more than 40,000 valuable community resources throughout United Way’s 59-county service area. While these resources include nutritional assistance, they’re not limited to food needs. A wide array of everyday services are available to those in need, including, but not limited to, Childcare, Counseling, Crisis response, Healthcare, Housing, Legal help, Transportation and Mental health.
This service, provided by United Way, is free and confidential. Every caller is treated with dignity and respect. If you have any questions, feel free to contact United Way.
Information on over 1000 benefit and assistance programs.
Bridge to Benefits
555 Park Street, Suite 410
St. Paul, MN 55103
The Children’s Defense Fund set up this program for families and individuals who may be eligible for public work support programs and tax credits.
Free 2 BE - for Anoka County Residents only
Free to Be Inc.
1201 - 89th Avenue N.E., Suite 230
Blaine, MN 55434
Please see website for eligibility requirements for free or low-cost repairs. Cars may be donated for eligible recipients.
Disability Linkage Line
A free, statewide information and referral resource for Minnesotans with disabilities and chronic illnesses. It acts as a single access point for all disability-related questions.
Don’t forget your library! Not only for borrowing books and CDs and DVDs. You can use the library computers too. For eLearning online and homework help at home, log on to http://www.anoka.lib.mn.us. And then see your librarian for free adventure passes.
Minnesota Literacy Council
Free classes in basic reading, writing and math. Also ESL, GED preparation and testing. Adult high school diploma programs, citizenship classes, family literacy program, computer instruction and brush-up skills classes.
Some parts of Anoka County eligible. Call to inquire
Energy assistance and energy conservation programs for people who meet income guidelines of 200% fpg or below.
Emergency Food shelf
Meals on Wheels
1200 Washington Avenue, Suite 380, Minneapolis MN 55415
Southern Anoka County Association
627 38th Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421-3806
Serves Columbia Heights, Fridley and Spring Lake Park
Also has clothing available
1633 Terrace Drive
Roseville, MN 55113
Bridging, Inc. seeks to provide the economically disadvantaged with a one-time gift of quality furniture and household items which helps to stabilize and improve their lives while effectively using community resources.
Cribs for Kids®
Call 1-888-721-CRIB, ext. 101 to find a local chapter.
A safe-sleep program for low-income families to reduce the risk of injury or death of infants due to unsafe sleep environments. Partner programs provide GRAC Pack-n-Play® crib and educational materials to qualified individuals.
In the Twin Cities, cribs are distributed through Twin Cities Healthy Start.
Open Access Connections/Twin City Metro Shelter
Homeless adults, families and youth can get up-to-date information about places to sleep tonight by calling the Open Access Connections Metro Shelter Hotline at 1-888-234-1329. Available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Also may help with communication services.
Type in the web address: Openaccessconnections.org/participants/metro-shelters. (Typing a shorter form of the address may request password.)
Simpson Housing Services
Stepping Stone Emergency Housing
U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Home Line - for renters
Free legal advice to Minnesota tenants on the hotline service. (Except Minneapolis residents)
Minneapolis residents must call Minneapolis Housing Services at 612-673-3003.
Greater Minnesota residents, call 866-866-3546.
For Home Owners
Home Ownership Center - for Home Owners
Provides help to people facing foreclosure, as well as first-time home buyers. Also helps renters when their building is in foreclosure.
The American Optometric Association and The Vision Institute of Johnson and Johnson Vision Care provides a one-time comprehensive eye assessment to infants in their first year of life. Please see website for further information.
Miracle Ear Children’s Foundation
This foundation supports children who have a hearing loss. Please see the website for eligibility requirements and how the program works.
Pfizer Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Program
See website for qualifications.
SAGE Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program
Screening and diagnostic services for eligible women at participating facilities.
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Toll-free patient referral line: 800-237-5055
2025 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55414
The American Optometric Association provides basic eye health and vision care service free of charge to uninsured, low-income people and their families
To be screened in Minnesota, contact Salvation Army – Minnesota Vision Project
401 West 7th Street, St. Paul, Mn 55102 or call 651-746-3400 for an application.
Women's Health Organization Foundation
A book from the WHO Foundation helps women undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment. Available free of charge to cancer patients. See website for details.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Please see website for details. May be low-cost or no-cost depending on circumstances.
Comprehensive career website for veterans of America’s military.
Matches military experience into civilian work experience.
Senior Linkage Line
The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging sites has information specialists who can help consumers with questions about insurance programs, assistance programs and pharmaceutical company programs for free or low-cost prescription drugs.
Vita sites (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
Use zip code or county to locate tax help.
Eligibility requirements apply.
Tax Freedom (Intuit)
Free online preparation and federal and state electronic filing if requirements met.
Free online tax help all year.
Telephone Assistance for Low Income Households
Landline service that offers qualified low income households a discount on their monthly local telephone bill.
Link Up helps reduce the cost of initiating telephone service for qualified individuals. Apply with www.lifelinesuppport.org.
Telephone Equipment Distribution Program
Provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf, blind, speech impaired or have a physical disability and need adaptive equipment to use the phone. Equipment loaned out at no cost as a long term loan to qualified people.
Youth Services Anoka County
First Call For Help-Anoka County……211
Mercy Hospital Crisis Intervention…..763-422-4614
Karibu House (youth outreach) ……….763-786-6449
Anoka Crisis Nursery (12yrs and younger)….763-785-9222
Legal—Judicare Anoka County……....763-783-4970
CEAP (Food) ………..………………….......763-783-4930
LSS Transition Living Program………..651-644-7739
Child Care Resource and Referral …..763-783-4884
LSS Safe House (St.Paul) …………...…...651-644-3446
Family Mediation for Teens…………..763-422-8878
The Bridge (Mpls) …………………........612-377-8800
HEALTH & COUNSELING DROP-IN CENTERS
Nucleus Teen Clinic…………..……….......763-755-5300
Project OffStreets (Mpls)………………....612-252-1200
District 202 (Mpls—G/L/B/T Youth)…….612-871-5559
Victim Services/ Safe Zone (St Paul)….651-224-9644
Sexual Assault Advocacy…...…...……....763-323-5559
Battered Women’s Shelter…………...... 763-780-2330
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Note that telephone numbers may change.