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Please note the Interfaith offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Food Shelf Hoursholiday week of Nov. 23-27

  • Monday, Nov. 23, 1-6 p.m. (in building, appointment required)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1-4 p.m. (in building, appointment required)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24, 4-6 p.m. (drive-up, NO appointment needed)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (in building, appointment required)

Food Shelf Hoursregular hours going forward

To shop in-building, you must make an appointment.

Monday 1-6 p.m. (in building, appointment required)
Wednesday 9 a.m.-noon (in building, appointment required)
1-4 p.m. (in building, appointment required)
4-6 p.m. (drive-up, NO appointment needed)
Friday *9 a.m.-noon (in building, appointment required)

In-Building Shopping

  • Households choose what items work best for their families from the food shelf, within a limit determined by their family size. Choices include shelf stable items, produce, dairy, frozen meat, bread and personal items. To shop in the building you must make an appointment – click the button below.

Make an appointment

Drive-up Model

  • Households choose a prepacked bag type (standard, vegetarian, halal, gluten free or diabetic-friendly), as well as several options including: 16g milk, cheese, margarine, eggs, produce, bread, frozen meat, frozen vegetables, dish soap, laundry detergent and paper towels – among other items. No appointment necessary for drive-up option!

Computer Lab and 1:1 Skills Tutoring

Interfaith’s Job Search & Computer Lab is open on Tuesdays from 2-6 p.m. One-hour appointments can be made by contacting Employment Services staff at employmentservices@iocp.org, or calling the general Interfaith number, 763-489-7500.

Appointments for 1:1 skills tutoring can be made by emailing employmentservices@iocp.org or calling 763-489-7504.

1:1 help includes the following topics:

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Internet Basics
  • Email Basics
  • Windows OS
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Typing

About 1:1 computer skills appointments:

Clients can make an appointment for whatever computer skills topics they need help with. Help ranges from answering quick questions to weekly appointments on computer basics. Appointments are made first-come-first-served on Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Note: staff will need adequate time in between each appointment for sanitation of the lab.

Additional computer access: The Plymouth and Wayzata libraries also have drop-in computer access. To ensure a computer is available at the time of need, appointments are recommended. Learn more and make a reservation.


Front Desk Services

Staff and volunteers are at the front desk to connect briefly (up to 15 minutes). A maximum of 6 guests can be in the lobby at one time and a health screening is required. If the lobby is at capacity when you arrive, you may be asked to wait to maintain social distancing – thank you.

Monday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-noon

We can help:

  • Connect you with a case manager remotely (by phone or email)
  • Provide information and resources
  • Receive documents and give them to staff on your behalf
  • Print, copy and scan important Interfaith-related documents

Our intention is to continue to meet community needs while prioritizing health and safety. If you are sick, please stay home and continue to access services remotely.


Face Masks

Face masks are available for clients to pick up – one per person, please. Ask us in the food shelf or in our lobby during front desk hours.


Case Management (remote)

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, Hennepin County and the state of Minnesota 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

Employment Services staff are here to support you!

Interfaith Outreach Employment Services professionals are available to assist you remotely during this uncertain time. We are researching job & training opportunities and can provide individualized coaching on resume writing/editing, interview preparation and job search strategies. Additionally, we can help you locate eligibility information and frequently asked questions relating to state unemployment benefits.

Get connected with an Employment Services Professional by emailing employmentservices@iocp.org.

Resources

Employment Landscape

COVID-19 has significantly shifted the labor market. To stay up-to-date on recent labor market trends, we recommend looking at the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) website as well as insights from RealTime Talent. You can also find top jobs in demand through CareerForce.

Job Search Booklet

Interfaith Outreach Employment Services, along with other West Metro partners, has created a resource guide for all things related to obtaining a job! From searching for a position online to honing your interview skills, this guide has it all. View, download or print this document here. To receive a printed copy, please contact Employment Services at employmentservices@iocp.org.

Quick Start Videos

Looking for tips on starting a job search? Updating your resume? Practicing for an interview? Check out our quick start videos to learn more about these topics:

Free Trainings Available During COVID-19

The pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways, including opportunities to earn a living. For those needing to find a new job or career, consider attending a free, short-term training to learn new marketable skills. Need help deciding the best next step for you? Contact us at employmentservices@iocp.org.

Training Provider Employment Trainings (most are free to eligible participants). See training provider website for most current training offerings.
Avivo IT, Warehouse, Office Support
Coursera Earn certifications in high-demand jobs and industries at no cost. Register by Dec. 31, 2020 at CareerForceMN.com/Coursera to gain access.
East Side Neighborhood Services Nursing Assistant training, Youth employment services
Emerge Construction, Healthcare, CDL
Goodwill IT, Automotive, Construction
HIRED Medical Call Center, Nursing Assistant
International Institute Refugee employment services, Hospitality careers
Microsoft Low-cost certifications and free job-seeking tools (read more)
Minneapolis Urban League Pathways to Prosperity IT Training Program IT training programs
PPL Office Specialist, Healthcare, Human Services, Paraprofessional, Community Health Worker
Summit Academy OIC Free trainings for GED, IT, Construction and Healthcare
Takoda Institute IT, Project Management Associate Certificate, Serve Safe, Customer Service, Equipment Operator, Forklift and Warehouse
TreeTrust Young adult employment, environmental programs
YMCA Early Childhood Education Credential (CDA)

 


Winter Coats

The Winter Coat Program is operating differently than it did in the past due to the many challenges and new factors brought by COVID-19. Our registration period took place Oct. 1-15. You can add your name to our waitlist here if you’d like. We will be focusing on serving folks who registered Oct. 1-15 first. If we have enough resources, we will reach out to individuals on the waiting list in the order that they appear to see if we are able to help your family. There are no guarantees that we’ll be able to assist by adding your name to this list.


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.


Birthday Shelf

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.


Baby Layette

The Interfaith Outreach Baby Layette program has resumed operations. If you would like to receive a layette please contact your case manager.