Specialty Programs Descriptions (DOC)
Specialty Programs Generic Referral (DOC)
Goodwill/Easter Seals Moving Forward Program
HealthChoices provides medical evaluations of disabilities and mental health issues and recommendations for employment activities and treatment.
Open Access Connections (Formerly Twin Cities Community Voice Mail)
PACE – HIRED's Program for Academic and Career Excellence PACE provides MFIP employment services to young parents ages 18 - 25. Please read the attached flyer for program eligibility guidelines.
PPL- Change Points Program--Sanction Resolution Program
Refugee Employment Services (RES) lists bilingual and bicultural projects funded by the State of Minnesota Office of Refugee Resettlement to help recent arrivals (in the U.S. for 5 years or fewer.) RES projects help refugees locate job openings, identify child care, fill out job applications, and use public transportation.
Tree Trust Supported Work Program
Tree Trust Unpaid Work Program
Budgeting and finance websites and resources
- Help Minnesota Save is a clearinghouse of information and resources for direct service staff working to help people become economically secure through financial literacy education and asset building. This site is targeted to direct service staff to support them in staying current on financial-related information and promoting best practices in financial coaching of their clients.
- Work Incentives Connections can help determine the effect work will have on someone receiving benefits, including MFIP and SSI.
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office of Financial Empowerment provides resources to help consumers make informed financial decisions. View Resources for consumers (PDF). View Resources for community organizations (PDF).
Correctional, crime, and justice information
Virtual Career Network – Healthcare. Resources funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and developed by the American Association of Community Colleges. Explore career options, take free on-line classes, locate training and education programs and find job openings.
Minneapolis Public Schools Adult Education offers classes in English Language, GED preparation, computer classes, math, science, social studies, FastTRAC, Career Pathways, citizenship classes, Child Development Associate (CDA) and employment skills preparation. Minneapolis Education 2014-2015 program brochure (PDF)
Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces is an innovative public-private program that offers business owners the opportunity to hire highly skilled service members during and after they have completed their military service. Over 650,000 job posting on the website from 2,000 employers.
MNPAVE – A partnership between MNDOT and DHS to help MFIP participants get jobs with MNDOT.
Career and Educational Pathways is a program to provide job training and employment services to people with criminal backgrounds who are transitioning from incarceration to the community. For more information visit Access Ability.
Community Action of Suburban Hennepin County coordinates the energy assistance program to help pay energy costs, such as a heating bill, between October 1 and May 30 each year. Weatherization services may also be available. Visit Community Action of Suburban Hennepin County.
Food and nutrition resources
Fare For All
Fare For All is a great way to save money on quality, nutritious food. They buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and frozen meat in bulk, then pre-package the produce and meat into food packages that range in price from $10-$25, which is up to 40% off of grocery store prices. Fare For All is community supported and open to everyone. The more people who participate, the better.
Fare For All has 30 locations in the greater Twin Cities metro area where food packages are sold once a month. They accept cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards. For sale dates, locations, packages, pricing, and printable monthly posters, visit fareforall.org.
Health, dental, and mental health resources
Handbook of the Streets — St. Stephens compiles a resource guide/handbook for poor and homeless people. The handbook includes information about essentials (clothes, food shelves, free meals, etc.), public assistance, health care, education and employment, and special help and advocacy. Handbook of the Streets (PDF)
Report — Homelessness in Minnesota data and services (PDF)
Interpreter and translator assistance
Lists of resources
Parenting for the Future is a program for mothers and fathers who have cognitive challenges and have at least one child under the age of five.
Social Security and disability
Chamberlin Edmonds provides advocacy for clients who apply for federal SSI.
Short-term training programs for clients
Construction: MnDOT-DEED 2013 Highway Heavy Construction Training Program. The HHCT program provides construction laborer employment preparation and training opportunities for women and minorities, who are traditionally underrepresented in the highway construction industry. Please refer to the brochure (PDF) for more information. Supporting information includes: Application information (PDF), poster in English (PDF), poster in Spanish (PDF), and Powerpoint presentation (PPT).
- PSP: FREE 13 week culinary training program. Course is offered every three months. For more information see the flyer (PDF).
Little Earth YouthBuild Program:
- Paid construction training is available for 18-24 year old members of the Native community. The Little Earth YouthBuild Program, in partnership with Summit OIC, will be providing paid construction training, including learning carpentry skills. Participants will also receive assistance in finding a job after the program ends. Space is limited so don’t wait to sign up.
- Little Earth YouthBuild Program flyer (PDF)
Multiple training options:
- Eastside Neighborhood Services vocational training: Personal & Home Care Aide, forklift operator, Servesafe Food Safely Manager and Leadership Management. NEW: Spanish Servsafe Food Safety Manager
- Goodwill Easter Seals Training Programs (PDF) Skills training programs in banking and finance, medical office, customer service/call center, construction, automotive service technician, and retail.
- Summit Academy offers 20-week accredited courses in the construction and healthcare fields. Financial aid is available for qualified students. Summit offers assistance with job placement as well. New classes start every 10 weeks. Visit the Summit Academy.
- Takoda Institute of Higher Learning (A division of AIOIC) Skills and certification programs in business, health care and computer information. New: Health Information Technology and Health Occupations Careers. Many programs are free or covered by Pell grants.