Covid-19 Information

PROGRAMS & RESOURCES FOR CLIENTS - UPDATED 4/6/2020

 

 

Together We Rise

If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at the college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the corona virus please email info@togetherwerise.org and we will provide or help you find housing during this transition.

Scholly - A Better Way To Find Money For College

With the COVID-19 health crisis sweeping across the nation, we know how challenging these coming weeks and months will be for students and their families. In Scholly’s unrelenting effort to support students in need, we are providing cash assistance to those in need during this unprecedented crisis.

http://myscholly.com/relief/

Think of Us

https://thinkofus.helpjuice.com/ Welcome to the Foster Care COVID-19 Command Center

U-Haul

President John “JT” Taylor announced that U-Haul will extend 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and -operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities. The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited-time offer subject to availability. Click on uhaul.com/storage to find the store nearest you. Contact the store by phone or visit in person to take advantage of the off

Local Food Banks

https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank

Laptops for remote learning

ONE SIMPLE WISH urgent: if you are in foster care or ever were, and need a laptop for remote learning email info@onesimplewish.org we are here to help onesimplewish.org 

 

We may be able to help you with smartphones/hotspots with unlimited data to stream your classes, & tablets, chromebooks & laptops. You MUST be a current or former foster youth & current student at a college, high school or middle school. Follow the link to complete the form, click "submit" & we'll be in touch asap. https://www.tfaforms.com/4811639

Internet plans (Spectrum)

Spectrum plans to offer free internet to students without access as the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, forces some schools to switch to online learning.

Beginning March 16, the company commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don't already have a Spectrum subscription.

It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.

To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Or for more information, click here.

Internet Plans (Comcast, AT&T, Verizon)

In response to the virus, Comcast also announced it would offer two months of free internet services to low-income households in its service areas.

Meanwhile, AT&T said it would waive internet data overage fees for customers who have capped data plans.

Verizon issued a statement saying it would waive any late fees and not terminate any service for the next 60 days.

 

Comcast

Availability of services map

From the President: I’m also proud to share that we’ve taken the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. This means that for the next 60 days, we’ve committed to waive late fees and to not terminate a residential or small business customer’s service due to financial circumstances associated with COVID-19. We are also suspending data usage limits for consumer customers during this time period due to COVID-19.

Paul Bunyan Communications Hot Spot

·        Assistance with education distance learning.

·         Free wi-fi hot spot for anyone who needs one.

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline hotline is open. They are a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Hotline: 877-565-8860

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide prevention (24/7)

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

800-273-TALK (8255)

MN Day One Crisis Hotline (Domestic violence,

sexual assault, trafficking/exploitation, crime victims)

https://dayoneservices.org/

Call: 866-223-1111

Text: 612-399-9995 (24/7)

Mental health - NAMI

NAMI is operating a mental health hotline if you are experiencing anxiety or other wellness needs call 800-950-6264 or text 741741 They also provide a whole list of resources;

https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/COVID-19-and-Mental-Illness-NAMI-Releases-Importan/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US

FindHelp.org

 

 

You can enter your zip code and find resources for food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced-cost programs that help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

 

https://findhelp.org/?fbclid=IwAR0fAmaY8pTZoCOMisobwysLTP20gK37AlrORHhN_HlGmDRacOdEV_Oh5KY

United Way 2-1-1

Food, Housing, Utilities and Other Basic Needs

www.211unitedway.org

Twin Cities area: 651-291-0211

Toll free: 800-543-7709

Text your zip code to 898-211

YMCA Youth Resource Line (youth up to age 24)

Phone: 763-493-3052 (leave a message and receive call back between 8am-8pm)

Email: YRL@ymcamn.org

Youth Services Network (youth up to age 24) 24/7

www.YSNMN.org

MN Hunger Solutions

http://www.hungersolutions.org/2020/03/16/meals-for-kids-during-covid-19-closings/

Unemployment Benefits

www.uimn.org

●     Apply online Sunday-Friday 6am-8pm to avoid long wait times.

●     Online application available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali.

●     Call Customer Service for other languages or if you need additional assistance

Healthcare - MNSure

Apply online for insurance at www.mnsure.org        

651-539-2099 or 855-366-7873 (Mon-Fri 8am-4pm)

Mental Health – Talk Life

https://www.talklife.co/

There is a "Talk Campus" where people can anonymously post about anything and everything (anxiety, school, dating etc.) and they can react or comment on each other's posts. Most of what I saw were really positive interactions with users relating to each other and offering support. There are also tabs besides the talk campus including: My Diary, Wellness Center (sleep, nutrition, mindfulness), and an "I need help right now" tab that will give users helpline numbers. The app is moderated and any posts encouraging suicide or self-harm are removed immediately.

 

Mental Health – Safety Plan

Suicide Safety Plan

·         In this safety plan app, you can customize your own warning signs that a crisis may be developing, coping strategies for dealing with suicidal urges, places for distraction, friends and family members you can reach out to, professionals you can call, methods of making your environment safe, and your own important reasons for living.

·         App available for iPhone and Android

 

 

Chatterpack - Online Resources

List of Online Resources for Anyone Who Is Isolated At Home

·         Online learning and resources for those stuck at home

MN Dept of Health

Behavioral Health Emergency Preparedness

Mental Health Promotion

Behavioral Health and COVID-19

Some of the current resources include:

  • Supporting Mental Well-being During COVID-19 (Includes tips for children and parents, and kids activities.)
  • Tips to Reduce COVID-19 Anxiety
  • Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety
  • Behavioral Health Emergency Preparedness COVID resources
  • Self-Care and applying Psychological First Aid (especially for first responders and public health)

·         Mental health related hotlines.

MN Dept of Education COVID-19 Updates

https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/health/covid19/

MN Attorney General Keith Ellison

Tenant Evictions

New online complaint form available for tenants who believe landlords are violating Executive Order

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Mental Health & COVID-19   

 

Crisis Text Line – Online Toolkit

 

Crisis Text Line Online Toolkit

 

Crisis Text Line toolkit. The toolkit includes a video presentation, resource lists, additional Crisis Text Line information, and an optional assignment for your students.

 

These resources are free and available now!

 

Each student, parent, teacher ect. will need to complete this form to access the toolkit.

Foster  Club

Foster Club COVID-19 Resources

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Emergency:

Information and assistance for young people in and from foster care

 

Free Kids Activities

List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions

Online AA Meetings During COVID-19

List of Online AA Meetings

Northwest MN Foundation – C-19 Updates & Resources

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

 

 

MN COVID-19 Hotline

COVID-19 Information hotline: 651-201-3920 (Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)