Specialty programs generic referral (DOC)
Connecting to Success
Connections to Success (CTS) is a pilot program to help motivated underemployed and unemployed MFIP clients find careers that lead to family and personal self-sufficiency. MFIP clients must be recommended by their employment counselors. This pilot is primarily an employer driven program. Those referred must be interested in employment and career opportunities with the employers CTS works with. Those placed into jobs will have the opportunity to receive ongoing career and personal development support after they are no longer enrolled in government assistance programs.
Goodwill/Easter Seals Moving Forward Program
Moving Forward helps MFIP recipients with a criminal history find and keep employment. Eligible participants can have a criminal background of any type and must have at least six months remaining on MFIP.
Avivo (formerly RESOURCE) HealthChoices
The HealthChoices program coordinates chemical and mental health services for individuals and their children who are receiving MFIP benefits. Adults and/or their minor children may receive psychiatric services, therapy, learning disability assessments and connection to medical and dental care. Services help stabilize families and support individuals' employment goals. You can find referral information and the referral form at the bottom of the HealthChoices webpage.
Open Access Connections (Formerly Twin Cities Community Voice Mail)
Open Access provides voicemail service for job search activities for people who don't have phones.
HIRED's PACE program for academic and career excellence
PACE provides MFIP employment services to young parents ages 18 - 25 who are not enrolled in school but interested in re-enrolling.
DEED’s Stepping Stones Program
DEED’s Stepping Stones is a pilot program for Hennepin County MFIP participants with low reading and /or math skills and multiple barriers to employment. Stepping Stones provides assistance with intensive employment counseling, housing, transportation, child care, health care and mental health resources, ABE/GED/ESL registration, criminal background issues, legal assistance and substance abuse referrals.
Somali Success School (SSS)
The Somali Success School (SSS) is designed to increase the literacy, math and living skills, as well as the wage potential of local Somalis enrolled in MFIP. Location: 1545 E Lake Street, in Minneapolis. For more information or to refer, call Bobette Beckford or Abdinur Ali at (612) 338-3153.
Somali Success School flyer (PDF)
Sanction Resolution Programs
Avivo (formerly Resource Inc.)
HIRED Sanction Outreach Services (SOS):
Refugee Employment Services
RES providers who help refugees locate job openings, identify child care, fill out job applications, and use public transportation. Eligible refugees are those who’ve arrived in the U.S. within the last five years.
Tree Trust work programs
The Tree Trust Community Support Program provides work experience for Hennepin County Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) clients. Participants choose an unpaid, part-time position at a non-profit organization to gain work experience.
Tree Trust's TANF Youth Supported Work program
This program allows individuals between the ages of 14 and 24 to gain paid work experience while working outdoors on community improvement projects or indoors at local businesses, schools, and nonprofits.
View the TANF Youth Program brochure (PDF) or fill out the online referral form.
Ready for Success — Clothing, accessories and personal care items for job seekers. Referrals must be made via the Ready for Success. Make a referral.
Interpreter and translator assistance
Parenting for the Future offers parenting skills, social and community supports through classes and home visits, for parents with cognitive challenges and at least one child under age five.
Social Security and disability
Change HealthCare (formerly Chamberlin Edmonds) provides advocacy for clients who apply for federal SSI.