Assistance

Child Care

County Services

Dental

General:

Children:

  • Give Kids a Smile is a program to help children from low-income families receive free dental care.

Disabilities

Information:

  • Easter Seals offers a variety of services to those with many kinds of disabilities, including veterans, those with autism, and children’s services. Visit their site to get clear, practical on how to help and find care for your loved ones.
  • The Minnesota Work Incentives Connection is a site run by Goodwill-Easter Seals, and is the best place in the state for finding any kind of resource for people with barriers.

General Resources:

  • The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) offer support and resources to those working with the mentally disabled. Call their regional offices in Kerkhoven (320-894-7336 or 320-894-4464), Brookings, SD (605-692-8948), and Sioux Falls, SD (605-413-9110).
  • The Southwestern Mental Health Center in Luverne offers a number of programs to the mentally disabled, including housing.
  • United Way 2-1-1 allows you to call 2-1-1 anywhere, anytime to get help locating almost any kind of health and human services, including financial services.

Dental:

  • Dental Lifeline Network is a national humanitarian organization  providing access to comprehensive dental services for people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically at-risk.  

Housing

  • The Southwestern Mental Health Center in Luverne offers a number of programs to the mentally disabled, including housing.
  • The Bridges Program provides rental subsidy for persons with serious mental illness. Referral must be made by a mental health professional. Contact your local housing authority for more information (see above).

Legal

  • Minnesota Disability Law Center provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide on legal issues related to their disabilities.

Energy

Financial Assistance

Information:

Resources:

  • Mint.com allows you to link all your financial accounts — banking, savings, credit card, etc. — and help you track your spending, easily manage all accounts, get financial alerts, etc. An excellent, free service.
  • Free Annual Credit Report gets you a free credit report (every 12 months) from the 3 credit reporting agencies.
  • Lutheran Social Service Financial Counseling offers free one-on-one counseling and customized budget plans to help you get out of debt, avoid foreclosure, etc. Call to schedule an appointment at their Willmar office, or make an account on their website to get online counseling from the comfort of your home.
  • The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council may be able to offer financial assistance to remove a barrier to your employment, depending on eligibility. Contact us for more information.
  • The Salvation Army offers emergency financial assistance to eligible candidates. Contact their locations in Willmar (320-235-2033), Morris (320-589-2329), Watertown, SD, (605-886-4030) or Sioux Falls, SD (605-338-6649).
  • United Way 2-1-1 allows you to call 2-1-1 anywhere, anytime to get help locating almost any kind of health and human services, including financial services.

Food

  • County Services should be your first stop for food assistance. Contact your nearest county services department (see “County Services” above) for more information.
  • Community action councils provide food assistance to the counties in our region. Prairie 5 Community Action Council serves Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties. Western Community Action Partnership serves Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, and Redwood counties.  The Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council serves Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, and Rock counties. Please contact them, tell them your need, and they will find an appropriate program for you.
  • The Salvation Army offers emergency food assistance. Contact their locations in Willmar (320-235-2033), Morris (320-589-2329), Watertown, SD, (605-886-4030) or Sioux Falls, SD (605-338-6649).
  • United Way 2-1-1 allows you to call 2-1-1 anywhere, anytime to get help locating almost any kind of health and human services, including food services.

Housing

Information:

  • The Beehive is a great site that offers quick, sound, how-to advice on all things home-related: buying a home, renting a home, avoiding  foreclosure, managing a mortgage, essential home repairs, etc.
  • Learn about your legal rights as a landlord or tenant in the state of Minnesota.
  • Home Line (612-728-5767) is a hotline for free legal aid for housing issues.

Resources:

  • Housing Link has a search tool that helps you find affordable housing anywhere in the state.
  • Subsidized Housing: Minnesota has a few subsidized housing programs. Watch this video to learn about each one. To see if you qualify for one of the programs, find your local Housing and Redevelopment Authority from this list. Sometimes there is both a county office and a local city office which offer different services, so look for both listings. List is not necessarily in alphabetical order, so search carefully.
  • Community action councils provide many home purchase and repair assistance programs to the counties in our region. Prairie 5 Community Action Council serves Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties. Western Community Action Partnership serves Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, and Redwood counties. The Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council serves Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, and Rock counties. Please contact them, tell them your need, and they will find an appropriate program for you.
  • The Salvation Army offers emergency, short-term housing within an hour’s drive anywhere in our region. Contact their locations in Willmar (320-235-2033), Morris (320-589-2329), Watertown, SD, (605-886-4030) or Sioux Falls, SD (605-338-6649).
  • United Way 2-1-1 allows you to call 2-1-1 anywhere, anytime to get help locating almost any kind of health and human services, including housing.

Immigrants/Migrant Workers

Cultural Services:

Financial Services:

Under “Financial Assistance” on this page, we have even more resources — but these are targeted specifically at immigrants/migrant workers.

Housing services:

Under “Housing” on this page, we have even more resources — but these are targeted specifically at immigrants/migrant workers.

Legal Services: 

Under “Legal” on this page, we have even more resources — but these are targeted specifically at immigrants/migrant workers.

Visa Services:

Legal

General:

  • Law Help MN (también en Español) offers free or reduced-cost civil (not criminal) legal advice for eligible families. For criminal consultation, see the link for the Legal Rights Center.
  • The Volunteer Lawyers Network (también en Españoloffers free or reduced-cost civil (not criminal) legal advice for eligible families. For criminal consultation, see the link for the Legal Rights Center.
  • The Legal Rights Center (también en Español) is a nonprofit legal aid center with a long history in the Twin Cities that can help with criminal cases.
  • “Know Your Rights” (también en Español) is a video series developed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division which outlines the laws governing your rights in the workplace.

Medical

Information:

  • The Beehive is a great site that offers quick, sound, how-to advice on all things health-related: free advice from medical professionals, how to perform self-examinations, and tips for managing your current condition.
  • Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act: Learn about your healthcare options through the Affordable Care Act
  • MNsure: Minnesota’s one-stop health insurance marketplace.

Resources:

  • C.O.B.R.A. is a US Government program which allows you to stay on your old company’s health insurance plan — at cost. Since it is at cost, it may not be the cheapest option, however if you have a pre-existing condition which would make getting a new plan difficult, this could be a good option.
  • Free US Drug Card is a free card that can you discounts of up to 55% on generic brands of prescription medications. No fee, no expiration, and no limit to the amount you can purchase. There is a separate card for animal medications.
  • State Programs. Minnesota has a number of programs — including Medical Assistance (Minnesota’s form of Medicaid) and MinnesotaCare — to help with medical costs. Contact your local county services to see what plans you qualify for (see “County Services” above).

Phone

  • Lifeline provides discounts for setting up and maintaining a home or wireless phone.

Substance Abuse

  • County Services can connect you with appropriate treatment. Contact your nearest county services office through the links above.
  • United Way 2-1-1 allows you to call 2-1-1 anywhere, anytime to get help locating almost any kind of health and human services, including chemical abuse.

Transportation

  • Montevideo Area: Heartland Express offers city dial-a-ride services. Call 320-269-7926. Prairie Five Rides offers regional and state-wide transportation to residents of  Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine. Stops in St. Cloud, Willmar, and Twin Cities. Some stops in South Dakota and North Dakota. General Info: 320-269-8727.
  • Marshall Area: Community Transit/Western Community Action – public transportation services for residents of Lyon, Redwood, and Jackson Counties with limited service for residents of Cottonwood and Lincoln Counties. Phone number varies per county.
  • Worthington Area: Heartland Express offers public bus service for residents of Nobles County. Call 507-372-4444. Prairieland Transit System offers taxi services in Worthington. Call 507-372-4444.

Unemployment

  • Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program provides temporary benefits to qualified persons out of work through no fault of their own. Visit their website or call 877-898-9090 for general information.

Veterans

Information

  • The National Resource Directory is a compilation of almost all the veteran resources available for any aspect of life: housing, health, benefits, etc.
  • The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Website is a thorough resource for connecting Minnesota veterans and their families with important state services.  It is a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) format allows users to enter questions or search topics based on their specific needs. Users are also able to create personalized accounts that will allow them to track topics and resources of interest. For example, if the user has questions about education benefits for Veterans, they can choose to be alerted anytime there is an update or a change related to that topic. Users also have the ability to chat online with staff and provide immediate feedback to help improve the site’s usability.
  • The Veterans Linkage Line (LinkVetis a toll free, one stop customer service line for all Minnesota veterans and their families. Call 1-888-LinkVet (546-5838), International +1 (651) 556-0596 and TTY at (800) 627-3529.

General Resources

  • Minnesota Service C.O.R.E. is a case management based program that works with the Department of Veteran Affairs(MDVA) and County Veteran Service Officers(CVSO) to provide additional resources and follow-up for veterans and families facing complex financial and care issues. C.O.R.E. utilizes Lutheran Social Services to offer a wide range of expertise in addressing the significant therapy needs of military families, including spouses and parents who have been deployed in active duty combat and are now trying to reintegrate into civilian life, in order to promote family and social re-integration and address critical mental health needs. To access this program, please contact your county’s Veteran Affairs Department.
  • The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is a nonprofit organization that has been offering comprehensive program and supportive services to homeless veterans since 1990.
  • The State Soldier’s Assistance Program provides assistance to veterans who are unable to work as a result of temporary disability. It provides cash assistance in the form of shelter payments (rent and mortgage), utilities, and dental and optical needs for veterans and their dependents who meet strict income and asset guidelines. Special Needs Grants are also available and are reviewed and approved on a case by case basis.

Crisis

  • Veterans Crisis Line is home to caring that are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances. Many of the responders are Veterans themselves and understand what Veterans and their families and friends have been through and the challenges Veterans of all ages and service eras face. Chat online with a representative, or call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.

Dental

  • The State Soldier’s Assistance Program provides assistance to veterans who are unable to work as a result of temporary disability. It provides cash assistance in the form of shelter payments (rent and mortgage), utilities, and dental and optical needs for veterans and their dependents who meet strict income and asset guidelines. Special Needs Grants are also available and are reviewed and approved on a case by case basis.

Legal

  • The Southwestern Minnesota Veterans’ Law Clinic offers free legal consultation to veterans regarding issues such as social security law, employment, housing, etc. No criminal consultation. Appointments are at the Montevideo Community Based Outpatient Clinic from 12 p.m. to 2p.m. on the 3rd Friday of each month. Call 320.403.1051 to schedule an appointment.

Medical

Native Americans

  • Tribal Veteran Service Officers (TVSO) are advocates for the Native American population of Veterans and their dependents, offering services unique to their cultural needs and geographical locations. They prepare and monitor both Federal and State Veteran benefit claims, including emergency financial assistance, on-the-job training, high education support, financial counseling, etc.

Luke JohnsonSouthern Minnesota Tribal Veterans Service Officer
Redwood County Government Center
403 S. Mill, PO Box 130
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
507.637.1534
luke.johnson@state.mn.us

Veterans Affairs Offices

For personalized help or access to a variety of programs that can help jumpstart your career, please stop in to speak with a representative at one of our Workforce Centers in Montevideo, Marshall, and Worthington.

See the “Contact Us” tab above for more information.