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General

  • Bridge to Benefits! – If you are interested in programs that offer benefits for health, food, tax credits or other items.

Clothing

  • The Ready for Success Men’s Program and HIRED are partnering to present the Summer Suit Suite for the second year starting Thursday, August 7th! They will be located in Suite N260 at the Griggs Midway building in St. Paul, same as last year.

Ex-Offender

  • Ex-Offender Job Readiness  – There’s no denying it. Finding a job with a criminal record can be tricky and at times seem downright impossible. This website has been designed to assist ex-offenders living in the Twin Cities.
  • Jobs for Felons Hub – This website is dedicated to helping those who have gone through the criminal justice system and are looking for successful reentry into society. This is more than just a website, it’s a community of people helping each other that was created by those who want to help get felons back to work and live normal lives.
  • Criminal Expungement Workshops – Criminal expungement workshops in Ramsey County.
  • STEP AHEAD: Career Planning for People with Felony Convictions is live! STEP AHEAD helps job seekers with felony convictions and other criminal charges know their work options, set goals, get training, and be successful in their job search. You can access the website by clicking “ex-offenders” at the bottom of any page of ISEEK.org. The direct URL is www.iseek.org/exoffenders/.

Financial Assistance

  • Openaccess Connections.  The federal Lifeline program provides phone subsidies for low-income people. Minnesotans under 135% of the federal poverty level, which $15,755 for a single adult, can apply to receive this $9.25 monthly stipend.
  • Think Small Preschool Scholarship Opportunities! The State Early Learning Scholarship sponsored by Think Small provides scholarships to help families pay for child care and early education to help their children get ready for school. Scholarships are paid directly to the child care or early education program providers chosen by the parent. Download: Information and Application
  • Introducing Internet Essentials through Comcast! – Today the Internet is no longer just a convenience. It has become essential for school, work, communicating with others and more. Unfortunately, millions of students and their families do not have broadband Internet service at home, making it difficult to access valuable learning opportunities, maintain communication between parents and teachers or search for jobs.   Free Internet training—in print, online and in person. Click Here to Sign UP!
  • Prepare + Prosper – Free financial services and tax help.
  • Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program(MN SNAP) – provides financial assistance for low-income people to help spay or neuter their pets.
  • Jobs Now The Cost of Living in Minnesota Family Wage & Budget Calculator – If you are trying to find a job that would meet your family budget, this webpage gives you a simple calculator to find out how much you need to earn for an hourly wage. There are 18 different family variations to choose from.
  • Energy Assistance – Keep your heat and lights on. We can help with energy bills and emergency furnace repairs. Call 651.645.6470.
  • FAIM – Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota is an initiative to promote savings and build assets among low-income wage earners. This program provides a 3-to-1 savings match to help participants build assets. For more information, please call 651.603.5881 or click on link.
  • Small Sums – Small Sums’ sole purpose is to help homeless individuals, who have found jobs, with the specific things that they need to start back to work. We believe gainful employment is a key factor in helping homeless individuals get out of their homeless situation. With our practical and timely assistance, that few other agencies provide, we remove obstacles that often prevent homeless workers from being able to take a job – like required work clothes and shoes, trade tools, professional licenses or union dues, and/or bus passes so they have a reliable way to get to work every day (until they receive a paycheck).

Food

  • Fare For All –  Fare For All is community supported and open to everyone.  Fare For All buys fruits, vegetables, and frozen meat in bulk to save up to 40% off grocery store prices.  All food is pre-packed.  Fare For All has sites and dates throughout the Twin Cities. For details, visit: www.fareforall.org or call 763.450.3880.
  • Food Shelf Locator – Locate Food Shelves in your area.

Health

  • Minnesota Department of Health – The Minnesota Sage Cancer Screening Program is a statewide comprehensive breast and cervical cancer screening program whose primary objective is to increase the proportion of age-appropriate women who are screened for breast and cervical cancer… click here to learn more!
  • Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota – You do not have to suffer or go it alone
    Helpline: 612.787.7776
    Helpline email: PPSMhelpline@gmail.com
  • Tobacco Free Life – Comprehensive guides and tools with the help of tobacco control professionals and smoking cessation experts… click her to learn more!
  • The Quit Smoking Community – This organization has lots of information on the effects of smoking and is making an impact in the lives of those struggling with tobacco… click here to learn more!

Household Goods

  • The Twin Cities Free Market – is an innovative reuse program created by the zero-waste organization, Eureka Recycling, to divert usable and repairable items from the waste stream. The Free Market program was the first web-based residential exchange program that specifically targeted the exchange of reusable and durable household goods. As of 2010, the Free Market has grown to include over 150,000 participants since it began in 1998 and has facilitated more than 100,000 exchanges. Over 11.4 million pounds of reusable goods have been saved from landfills and incinerators!

Housing

  • HousingLink – This is a great resource to find housing.
  • Minnesota Home Ownership Center – We are the Minnesota Homeownership Center.  For more than 20 years, we have been here to help in all aspects of homeownership preparation and foreclosure prevention.  We offer extensive home help services in Minnesota including first-time home buyer assistance, foreclosure process assistance and home mortgage assistance.

Job Seeker Services

Legal

  • Driver’s License Reinstatement – Driving Diversion Program was developed to support participants in paying any outstanding citations and fulfill state designated requirements necessary to reinstate a participant’s driver’s license. Phone: 651.385.4341 or info@diversionsolutions.net
  • Minnesota Expungement Law has changed – Expungement is the Court-ordered sealing of the government-held criminal records of an individual. It is not the destruction of the records. This website provides everything you need to know about criminal record expungements.
  • Prepare + Prosper – Free tax help.

Personal Development

  • Ujamaa Place – Serving the African American man between 18 and 30. We offer G.E.D, personal coaching and developing positive life skills. Please call 651.528.8006.

Starting a Business

  • Small Business Development Center 651.962.4500 www.stthomas.edu/sbdc
    The Twin Cities Small Business Development Center provides confidential business consulting services at no charge to help established businesses and startups develop strategies to attract customers, increase sales and improve profitability.
  • MN SCORE St. Paul 651.632.8937 www.stpaul.score.org
    St. Paul SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of small businesses in the St. Paul metro area, western Wisconsin, and the Lake Superior Region.
  • Prepare & Prosper Free business tax service 651.262.2159 www.prepareandprosper.org
    If you are self-employed, meaning you’re an independent contractor or you own your own business and have no employees, we can prepare your taxes for you. We’ll help you organize expenses that can be deducted and claim credits you’ve earned.
  • Asian Economic Development Association 651.222.7798 www.aeda-mn.org/small-business-development/
    Business Technical Assistance AEDA provides counseling and training to new and existing business owners to start and improve their businesses. AEDA train in several Asian languages so that businesses can learn in the language they are most comfortable with.
  • African Development Association 612.333.4772 www.adcminnesota.org
    African Development Center provides training, lending, and technical assistance to guide African immigrants and refugees in Minnesota to economic prosperity.
  • Women Venture 612.224.9540 www.womenventure.org
    Providing women of all ages, cultures, races and income levels with the tools and resources to achieve economic success through small business ownership.
  • Bob Voss Biz Owner Teaches workshops at the MN WorkForce Center in North St. Paul and other Workforce Centers bob.voss@dctc.edu
  • Free How to Start a Small Business Workshops
    Search “Business” at http://www.mn.gov/deed/job-seekers/workforce-centers/workshops/metro-workshops.jsp to find a variety of workshops, locations and times
  • Pro Build Training Program www.ProBidTraining.com
    Courses are open to all business owners and managers who operate retail, service and manufacturing establishments.
  • “The Freelancer’s Essential Guide to Business and Taxes.” Download: http://formswift.com/independent-contractor-guide

Finance and Consulting

  • Metropolitan Economic Development Association MEDA www.MEDA.net Providing DBE, WBE, and MBE contractors access to a variety of services and resources.
  • MN Procurement Technical Assistance Center MNPTACwww.meda.net/mnptac/ One-on-one consulting assistance with government contracting.
  • Neighborhood Development Center NDCwww.ndc-mn.org NDC has helped build community support around the idea of creating, financing, and supporting resident-owned small businesses as a means of revitalizing inner city neighborhoods.
  • Small Business Association SBAwww.sba.gov/offices/district/mn/minneapolis SBA offers a variety of training and loan programs. SBA has resource partners like SCORE, Small Business Development Centers and Women’s Business Centers that provide additional business counseling and training.

Technology

  • Free Geek Twin Cities recycles computers and provides access to computers, the internet, education and job skills in exchange for community service. Donate your old computers for recycling or refurbishing. Be a volunteer and learn the process of recycling and refurbishing of desktop computers, but also work with laptops, Macs, motherboards, network devices, optical drives, cards and RAM. Refurbished computers also available for sale. Download: Free Geek Twin Cities Information
  • Non-Profit Computers for Low Income Families – PCs for People takes donated computers and rebuilds, refurbishes and redistributes them to people with limited access to technology. See if you qualify!

Transportation

  • Driver’s License Reinstatement – Driving Diversion Program was developed to support participants in paying any outstanding citations and fulfill state designated requirements necessary to reinstate a participant’s driver’s license. Phone: 651.385.4341 or info@diversionsolutions.net
  • Metro Mobility – Curb to Curb transportation in the Twin Cities.
  • Metro Transit – the Twin Cities primary public transportation system, offers bus and light-rail transit options throughout the metropolitan area. Many of HIRED’s service locations are located near transit lines.
  • Car Ownership Program – You may qualify for a no interest $4,000 loan to purchase a used vehicle. Please call 651.603.5885 or click link to see if you qualify.

Youth

A service provided by Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, 651-266-6042

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