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INTERFAITH services – SUMMER 2020

Curbside Services

Interfaith staff and volunteers are available outside, in an open-sided tent, in our parking lot. While much of our work continues to take place remotely, this curbside model supports that work by providing an optional in-person contact.

Rest assured that Interfaith Outreach is carefully protecting all members of our community and following guidelines such as face mask use and physical distancing. We will expand access to our services while prioritizing the health and safety of all who connect with us.

Curbside Hours
Monday, noon-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

We can help:

  • Connect with staff remotely
  • Provide information and resources
  • Receive documents and give them to staff on clients’ behalf
  • Print, copy and scan important Interfaith-related documents

Face masks

Face masks are available for clients to pick up – one per person, please. Ask us in the drive-up food shelf line or at the tent in our parking lot.


Drive-up Food Shelf

The Drive-up Food Shelf is open 3 days a week.

Monday, 3-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 9-noon
Friday, 9-noon

Drive-up model – watch a quick video to see how it works

  • Clients will drive up to the building, following parking signs, and stay in their car
  • Food shelf team will greet them at their car and request basic family information
  • Food shelf team will bring pre-packed bags of groceries and additional choice items (e.g. milk, meat, produce) out to clients’ cars
  • Clients coming on foot or through other transportation methods will be served in a similar manner outside of the building

Case Management (remote)

Hours

Monday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

To connect

  • Contact or email your Case Manager directly. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.
  • If you are unsure whom to contact, email us at clientintake@iocp.org or call us at 763-489-7500 and we will forward your message.

Emergency financial assistance

Case managers are working remotely to respond to request for financial assistance including rental assistance, utility assistance, and car repairs. Some procedures and eligibility have been adjusted during COVID-19 and we are distributing funds for Hennepin County and the City of Plymouth that have slightly different eligibility guidelines. Please contact your Case Manager to learn more and to apply.  Requests may take up to one week after required information and documentation is received to process.


Rent assistance

If you or someone you know has lost income due to COVID-19…

In addition to our emergency financial assistance program, we are now partnering with the city of Plymouth and Hennepin County to make available additional rental assistance for those who have lost income due to COVID-19. If you have lost income due to COVID-19 and are struggling to pay rent you may be eligible. Please reach out by calling 763-489-7500 or emailing clientintake@iocp.org. This COVID-related rent support is available to renters in Hamel, Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, West Plymouth, Wayzata and Maple Plain, Loretto and Independence.


Employment Services – We are here to help!

Interfaith Outreach Employment Services professionals are available remotely to assist you during this uncertain time. We can be reached at EmploymentServices@iocp.org. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response. Information about our remote services, local employers who are hiring now (updated weekly), and current information on unemployment benefits are found here.


Kids – Child care support and resources through Caring for Kids

For information and support related to childcare and early childhood development, please feel free to reach out to Caring for Kids Case Manager, Debi Fink, at 763-489-7721 or dfink@iocp.org.


Neighborhoods

The Neighborhood Program provides services to families living in the Plymouth and Medina neighborhoods listed below. Our focus is connecting families with community resources; assisting residents to build healthy neighborhoods; and supporting youth.

  • Currents
  • Kimberly Meadows
  • Lakeview Commons
  • Medina Townhomes
  • Plymouth Colony
  • Shenandoah Woods
  • Stone Creek
  • Vicksburg Commons
  • Willow Wood Estates

Neighborhood Program staff are not on-site but can be reached by calling their direct lines or email.


Back to School

Registration is July 27 – Aug. 7, 2020

Through the support of community donations, Interfaith Outreach will once again provide a pre-packaged bag of school supplies to client families with children entering Kindergarten – 12th grade. If you would like to participate, please take a moment to register online. Because we serve multiple school districts, you might not receive all of the items on your child’s list.

If you would like on-site assistance, visit the Interfaith Outreach tent in our parking lot:

  • Monday, Aug. 3, noon-2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

All visitors are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing during their visit. Lines for onsite registration may be long, if possible please consider using the online registration form.


Birthday Shelf

As of July 13, families with children turning 1-18 years old are welcome to once again visit the Interfaith Outreach Birthday Shelf during our curbside hours. Staff and volunteers will provide a list of pre-packed birthday presents that will include toys, tie blankets, cake mix, frosting, etc. for children/parents to choose from. Please make sure to bring a photo ID to present to Interfaith curbside staff during your visit. Families are welcome to visit within a month of a child’s birthday. Those who may have missed the opportunity to receive a birthday gift due to COVID-19 (birthdays between Feb. 16 and July 12) are also welcome to visit until Aug. 31 to receive a belated birthday gift.


Baby Layette Program

As of July 13, the Interfaith Outreach Baby Layette program has resumed operations. If you would like to receive a layette please contact your case manager.

Interfaith Outreach goes curbside during COVID-19.

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