Connecting families in need with local resources is a critical part of our mission. Whether you're looking for financial assistance, meal programs, or help finding housing—there’s a community program or service that can help.

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ADULT EDUCATION

Great Rivers Adult Education Consortium
Provides adult learners with a comfortable, challenging, learning and networking environment to enhance work, English language and life skills.
Website l 651-425-6634

Century College Continuing Education & Training
The consolidation of Lakewood Community College and Northeast Metro Technical College, offers liberal arts and science programs, and technical and occupational programs.
Website l 651-779-3341 or 651-779-5787

Family Learning Program
A program for parents and their young children including Adult Basic Education, GED, English as a Second Language, parenting discussions and activities for children.
651-425-6600


ANIMAL CARE

Mission Animal Hospital
Offers an extensive list of services for all pets, at prices that are affordable for all owners.
Website l 952-938-1237

Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program
Provides both high-quality, affordable and accessible spay and neuter services to those in need and animal welfare education in the communities we serve.
Website l 612-720-8236


CHILD CARE

Adults and Children Alliance (ACA)
A free referral service for child and adult care, food programs, MNsure and support services.
Website l 651-481-9320

Head Start
Child and family development for income-eligible households. Designed to help pregnant women, children up to age five and their families achieve their full potential. Centers in Forest Lake, Newport, Oakdale and Stillwater.
Website l 763-783-4300

School-Age Child Care
Provides child care for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade, before and after school, all day care during the summer, and most non-school days. Full- and part-time care available.
Website l 651-425-6600

Washington County Community Services (Child Care Assistance Program)
Helps families that meet guidelines pay for child care so they can work.
651-430-6459


CLOTHING/FURNITURE

Stone Soup Thrift Shop
Affordable used clothing, furniture and household items.
Website l 651-458-9786

Community Helping Hands Thrift Store
Serving families in the Forest Lake area with clothing. Call for store hours.
Website l 651-464-8150

Goodwill Industries - Cottage Grove
Low cost furniture, clothes, household goods, and other items.
Website l 651-769-6813

Goodwill Industries - Woodbury
Low cost furniture, clothes, household goods, and other items.
Website l 651-731-7942

Joseph’s Coat
A free store providing goods and service to those in need, within an environment of dignity and respect.
Website l 651-291-2472

Neighbors Inc.
A non-profit, social-service agency providing emergency assistance and supportive assistance programs to low-income community members in the northern Dakota County communities of Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Mendota, Sunfish Lake and Lilydale.
Website l 651-455-5000


CRISIS LINES

Washington County Crisis Services
Adult/child mental health support and information.
Website l 651-430-6484

Canvas Health
Phone resource information, home-based therapeutic intervention from the Mobile Crisis Unit, or utilization of the crisis clinic for emergency counseling located at the Oakdale office.
Website l 651-777-5222

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Website l 1-800-273-8255

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.
Website l 1-800-799-7233

United Way 211
Provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota. We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. Whether you are in crisis, or need a little support, we’re here to help.
Website l 211

Day One Domestic Violence Crisis and Resource Line
Day One is a statewide network of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, youth-and community-advocacy programs in Minnesota. Day One hosts the Minnesota Day One Crisis Line which connects individuals seeking safety and resources to service agencies statewide via phone, text or chat message. The Day One Call Center also answers calls, texts and chat messages to the Minnesota Crime Victim Support Line.
Website l 1-866-223-1111


EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE/TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

Canvas Health
Transitional housing for persons with mental illness, rental subsidy and permanent supportive housing.
Website l 651-777-5222

Housing Link
Affordable rental housing information.
Website l 612-522-2500

Solid Ground
Transitional housing for low income families. Adults must be in school or working.
Website l 651-773-8401

Tubman Family Alliance
Emergency shelter and safe homes for women and their children in Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington County. Support groups and counseling offered.
Website l 651-439-3450 

Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority
Providing administration of public housing and Section 8 vouchers. Public notification when accepting new applications.
Website l 651-458-0936

Washington County Housing Services
Housing and homeless resources for residents of Washington County.
Website l 651-762-9124

St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center
Assistance for homeless families with children.
Website l 651-762-9124

Youth Services Network
Assistance for homeless youth under 24 years olds.
Website l 612-377-8800


EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

Episcopal Community Services Family Resource Center Stillwater
Providing families in transition from welfare to work with the tools necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency and the skills to use them, including peer support and empowerment activities for the youth.
Website l 651-439-2641

Minnesota Workforce Center Washington County
Single point access to employment- and unemployment-related services. No fee, some program eligibility based on resident requirements.
Website l 651-275-8650 

Women Venture
Supports women-owned businesses by providing micro loans, working capital, education, and ongoing consultation through all stages of business.
Website l 612-224-9540


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Community Action Partnership for Washington County - Car Ownership Program
Provides a low-interest car loan and guidance through the car buying process to working people.
Website l 651-603-5880

Community Action Partnership for Washington County - Energy Assistance Program
Limited financial assistance to pay utility and fuel bills October to May.
Website l 651-645-6470

Salvation Army (Washington County Office)
Heat-share for those facing utility crisis/shutoff, emergency assistance including financial, rental, employment, transportation, and medical assistance for emergency situations.
Website l 651-739-6288

Valley Outreach Emergency Fund
Funding available to help with emergency heating, housing issues, medical, dental and transportation issues. Walk-ins accepted. Stillwater residents only.
Website l 651-430-2739

Washington County Community Services – Economic Assistance Intake
Child Care Assistance Program, Medical Assistance, Food Stamps, MFIP (formerly AFDC), Emergency Assistance, Child Support Enforcement.
651-430-6459


FOOD AND NUTRITION ASSISTANCE

Friends in Need Food Shelf
Serving residents of Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport, and Grey Cloud Island.
Website l 651-458-0730

Christian Cupboard Food Shelf
Serving residents of Woodbury, Oakdale, Landfall, and part of South Maplewood east of McKnight and south of Stillwater Boulevard.
Website l 651-233-1296

Food Harvest of The St. Croix Valley
For over 20 years, Food Harvest has been providing individuals and families on tight food budgets with a quantity of fresh produce, breads, dairy and other nutritious foods not always available at a regular food shelf or pantry.
Website l 612-708-6799

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 to save you up to 40% off grocery store prices. There are 30 locations in the Twin Cities metro area, with food packages are sold once per month.
Website l 763-450-3880

Fruit of the Vine - Burnsville
Fruit of the Vine Burnsville provides a food pantry.
Website l 612-567-3688

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC is a nutrition and breastfeeding program that helps families eat well and stay healthy.
Website l 651-430-6658


HEALTH INSURANCE

MinnesotaCare
A health insurance program for low-income individuals and families with children who are uninsured. Pays for most prescription drugs, doctors, clinics, dentists, shots, eye-glasses, and other kinds of medical care.
Website l 651-431-2670 or 1-800-657-3739

Portico Healthnet
Information and assistance connecting with health care program that best meets individual needs.
Website l 651-489-CARE (2273) or 1-866-489-4899

Washington County Community Services – Economic Support
Assists those who cannot meet the cost of necessary medical care, and who meet eligibility criteria.
651-430-6459


MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Century Community and Technical College - Dental
Dental services provided by students: cleaning, sealants, flouride treatment, x-rays (small fee charged).
651-779-5787

Child and Teen Check-Ups (C&TC) Program
Provides outreach, resources, health care information, for those covered by MN Health Care Programs (MA/MN CARE).
651-430-6750

MinnesotaHelp
Provides resources for accessing health coverage, providers, and other information on managing health care coverage.
Website l 1-800-333-2466

Neighborhood Health Care Network
Information and referral to Twin Cities area community clinics, also low cost clinics.
Website l 651-489-CARE (2273) or 866-489-4899

St. Mary’s Health Clinic
Provides health care services at no cost to low income uninsured individuals and families in our communities.
Website l 651-287-7777

Washington County Public Health and Environment
Prenatal and breast feeding education, parenting support, immunization clinic, WIC, and long-term care programs. Family Health Nursing provides supportive home visits and health education to pregnant women and families with children in Washington County. Services for health promotion, adolescent health, and disease prevention and control.
651-430-6655


PARENTING/FAMILY CLASSES

The Baby Blanket
Resource center for mothers and infants. Help with clothing, cribs and carseats available. Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm.
651-257-8346

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
Classes for parents and their children ages birth to kindergarten. Family events, home visits, toy lending and resource libraries. Call for more information.
Website l 651-458-6632

LaLeche League
A peer support and education group for breastfeeding women.
Website l 612-922-4996


SENIOR SERVICES

Family Means
Respite care, caregiver support groups, caregiver coaching/counseling, educational programs.
Website l 651-439-4840

Valley Outreach
Seniors 65+ may visit food shelf twice a month plus every Friday. Delivery is available to those in need. NAPS (Nutritional Assistance Program for Seniors) and case management services are also available.
Website l 651-430-2739


SERVICE MEMBERS

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Cottage Grove and Surrounding Areas supports veterans, service members, and their families. 
Website l 612-584-BTYR


TEEN/YOUTH

Family Wise Services
Provides programs and services to support children, youth and families in making the changes necessary to live healthier and more effective lives.
Website l 612-617-0191

Face to Face
SafeZone Drop-In Center for Homeless Youth, located at 130 East 7th Street in downtown Saint Paul, near the corner of 7th and Robert Streets.
Website l 651-224-9644

Streetworks
StreetWorks, a program of Lutheran Social Service of MN, is a collaborative of youth-serving nonprofits that have provided street-based outreach to youth experiencing homelessness in the Metro area.
Website l 612-354-3345

NAMI Minnesota
Works with individuals with mental illness, their families, professionals and the community at large by providing education, support and advocacy.
Website l 651-645-2948

Youth Service Bureau
Provides effective, early-intervention services for youth and their families through mental health, chemical health, family education and diversion.
Website l 651-458-5224 for Cottage Grove and 651-735-9534 for Woodbury


TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Metro Mobility
A shared public transportation service for certified riders who are unable to use regular fixed-route buses due to a disability or health condition. Rides are provided for any purpose.
Website l 651-602-1111