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*Please note: Interfaith is open and here to help, but operating a little differently due to COVID-19. Please visit our COVID-19 Response page or keep reading below to learn more about our services and how to connect with us. Thank you.


COVID-19 INFORMATION


Interfaith goes curbside: summer 2020

We continue to be open to serve our community. If you’d like to connect in-person, some Interfaith staff and volunteers are available outside our building (1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth) during the following times:

Mondays  12-6 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fridays  9 a.m.-3 p.m.

While much of our work continues to take place remotely (case management, employment services), this curbside model will support that work with optional in-person contact.

We can help:

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

Face masks will be required (and provided if needed), and social distancing will be observed on all Interfaith property (outside and inside the building). 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 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.

Mondays  3-6 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m.-noon
Fridays  9 a.m.-noon

new food resources

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

Learn more and apply by June 30

P-EBT is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. Families with eligible children will receive a one-time payment of $325 per child on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the gap created by a loss of school meals.

Families with eligible children ages 5-18 who were receiving SNAP and/or MFIP as of March 18 do not need to apply. A one-time payment will be automatically issued to their household’s current Minnesota EBT card on May 30, 2020.

Families who received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 school year or attended a school that offers free school meals to all students – but who were not receiving SNAP or MFIP benefits as of March 18 – must complete an online application between June 8, 2020, and June 30, 2020. Eligible families will receive a Minnesota P-EBT card in the mail within 30 days with instructions to activate the card. This card provides access to P-EBT funds.

Wayzata Public Schools (WPS) Meals

WPS will continue to provide meals for their students who need them through Aug. 18, 2020. Each week, 7 breakfast meals and 7 lunches will be available for pickup. Meals are available for any students 18 years or younger at no charge. No paperwork or ID verification is required to receive food. Visit their website to learn more and view pickup details, or call 763-745-5154.

EBT and SNAP Updates

Online EBT now available for SNAP recipients through Amazon and Walmart

Minnesota has been approved by FNS for online EBT purchasing use for SNAP. (Cash assistance cannot be used online at this time.) Participants will need to pay for delivery fees and taxes (if applicable) with another payment source (credit card or debit card, PayPal). For more information about these services visit these websites:


SENIOR RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Read the CDC’s recommendations for steps you can take, how to cope with stress, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minnesota’s Board on Aging
Helping Minnesota’s Older Adults during COVID-19. View their website.

Senior Community Services
Information on senior outreach, caregiver support and changes to services due to COVID-19 on their website.

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels continues to deliver nutritious meals to individuals throughout the Twin Cities. Sign up online or call (612) 623-3363.

Loaves & Fishes
In partnership with Loaves & Fishes, two area organizations are providing free meals for pick up. Click the links below for information on distribution/pickup times and locations.

Elder Friends Phone Companions
A program matching socially isolated adults with a friendly phone companion. Phone companions must complete a background check. Visit this website if you would like to receive calls or volunteer to make calls.

YMCA Health and Fitness Videos – Active Older Adult
On-demand videos showing follow-along home workouts. Minimal equipment needed – grab a chair and get started here.


SELF-CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

We acknowledge that these are challenging times, but taking a moment to prioritize the mental health of ourselves and our loved ones is crucial. Please see the following resources on self-care techniques, and ways to connect with mental health professionals.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Read the CDC’s recommendations for managing stress and anxiety.

Interfaith Outreach partners with two mental health providers

  • Relate Counseling Center provides free counseling and mental health support to adults – individuals, couples, and families.
  • Washburn Center for Children provides counseling to support the social, emotional and educational development of children who are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other mental health stressors.

Both agencies are currently providing tele-medicine, and can work with you by phone or through remote meeting services such as Zoom.

For more information on how to get connected with a Relate or Washburn counselor, please talk with Interfaith Outreach staff. Case Managers, Neighborhood Program staff or Employment Services staff are all able to connect you.

Crisis Text Line
24/7 emergency service. Text ‘MN to 741741’ if you or someone you know is experiencing a psychiatric or mental health crisis. Visit the Crisis Text Line website for more information.

Minnesota Warmline
Are you needing support and someone to talk to? Professionally trained Certified Peer Specialists, with first-hand experience living with mental health conditions will answer your calls. Call 651-288-0400. Text “Support” to 85511 or visit visit the Minnesota Warmline website.

The Walk-in Counseling Center
Services have transitioned from face-to-face walk-in counseling to virtual counseling sessions. To get started by phone or computer, please follow the instructions on the Walk-in Counseling Center website.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A 24/7 lifeline providing support when in distress. You may receive prevention and crisis resources for yourself, loved ones, and for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.

Hennepin County’s Mental Health Services

County Crisis Contacts
A directory of mental health crisis phone numbers for adults and children organized by county

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Visit NAMI’s Minnesota office Mental Health Support And COVID-19 webpage.


FEDERAL STIMULUS PAYMENTS

Assistance payments will be sent to many U.S. families from the federal government in April.

What you need to know:

If you filed taxes in 2018 or 2019, the payments will be automatic. The IRS will either directly deposit the payment into your back account or mail you a check.

  • Direct deposit is faster than a check. Make sure your bank account information is current.
  • Check the status of your payment and update banking information by clicking the ‘Get My Payment’ button here.
  • If you did not file taxes, you will need to provide information to receive payment. Start here.
  • If you are unsure of your eligibility, visit the information center.

Unemployment Insurance

If your hours or rate of pay have been substantially reduced, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits (UI). All workers affected by COVID-19 should apply. The UI Program will review your application and determine your eligibility for benefits.

Two ways to apply for Unemployment Benefits:

  • Online
  • By phone: Call 651-296-3644. Choose English, Spanish, Hmong, or Somali. TTY (for the deaf and hard of hearing): 1-866-814-1252

NOTE: If you need to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time, please refer to the schedule below to learn when you are scheduled to apply. You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day (or on Thursday/Friday if you missed that day).

Unemployment Benefits application schedule

Congress recently passed the CARES act, which included several changes:

  • A $600/week increase to UI payments (began week of March 29)
  • A new benefit for workers who are NOT eligible for regular unemployment benefits. If you are self-employed or work as an independent contractor, apply for unemployment benefits now using special instructions.
  • An extension of benefits for up to 13 weeks.

Questions? Visit the COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance Benefits page.


evictions

Governor Walz declared a Peacetime Emergency and issued an executive order that suspends evictions. Up-to-date information on the order can be found on the HOME Line website.

What the Order means:

  • A temporary suspension of eviction activities for renters
  • A temporary suspension of foreclosure activities for home owners

What the Order does not mean:

  • The Order does not relieve renters’ and homeowners’ obligations to make payments. Missed payments could have serious negative credit and rental history impacts to families.
  • The Order does not stop evictions of renters who endanger the safety of other residents.

This is an important proactive step taken to protect and stabilize Minnesota’s families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to remember, however, that while evictions may not take place right now, you must still pay your rent. Unpaid rent will accumulate and create a greater burden and risk to your housing stability later. If unpaid rent adds up it will eventually exceed Interfaith Outreach’s ability to assist. If you are struggling with housing or other expenses please reach out and consult with your Case Manager now.

More information about working with your landlord during this time can be found at the HousingLink website.


utilities

Xcel Energy
Until further notice is given, Xcel Energy has stopped service disconnections for residential customers. Learn more online or call 800-895-4999.

CenterPoint Energy
Temporarily, gas disconnections have been postponed. To learn more about payment options call 800-245-2377.


distance learning

Tips for parents in a time of Distance Learning
As our children remain home to safely continue their educations, know that you are not alone in this new way of learning. Here are three resources for parents navigating distance learning:

Wayzata Schools Resources

Orono Schools Resources

Technology and Internet Access


wayzata & orono schools covid-19 updates


internet


food

  • Interfaith Outreach’s Drive-up Food Shelf: Mondays, 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Questions? Contact 763-489-7500.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Free Meals at Ridgedale YMCA: Free, healthy pre-cooked dinners and bag lunches available at the Ridgedale YMCA (12301 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka). Monday-Friday, 12-1 p.m. The menu will change every day. The dinner feeds 4-6 people. Membership is not required. Food available for all, no questions asked. Food is available thanks to partnership with Loaves & Fishes and UnitedHealth Group.
  • Loaves and Fishes (Openings and closures, drive thru options)
    • Plymouth Covenant Church Loaves and Fishes location is doing drive-up meals Tuesdays and Saturdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Loaves and Fishes, Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Home-delivered meals through Senior LinkAge Line (age restrictions may apply)
  • Meals on Wheels: Food delivery for senior citizens that are 65+, people with disabilities, and people recovering from surgery or major illnesses who are having difficulties preparing meals
  • Help at Your Door: Grocery delivery for a fee (sliding scale) for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Hunger Impact Partners: Mobile app to locate kids’ meals during school closures

U.S. Census 2020

The Census is a Constitutional mandate to count ALL people living in the U.S. once every 10 years. YOU can help make sure our community gets its fair share of money from the government for services like Medicaid, SNAP, Affordable Housing, and Home Energy Assistance by completing the Census.

You will receive a postcard in the mail inviting you to respond to the Census by going to the Census website to answer a few basic questions about your household. The Census takes about 10 minutes to complete. For each person counted, the government will allocate about $2,800 in federal money for public programs to our community. So, for each person who does not get counted on the Census, we lose $28,000 over 10 years for programs like Special Education, Adult Basic Education, and the School Lunch Program!

Click here or see an Interfaith staff person for more information about the Census.


tenant resource center

A tenant resource center is available on the first floor of Urban League Twin Cities at 2100 Plymouth Avenue N, Minneapolis. The center is a collaborative set of resources that are co-located to prevent eviction and housing displacement for people in our community. Resources include emergency assistance, legal help, mediation, and workforce. The Tenant Resource Center website provides additional information on hours of operation, services and workshop dates.


Housing Link – Housing Search Support

Are you interested in locating affordable housing? Do you have questions on the requirements when applying for housing? Would you like to know more about your rights as a tenant?

HousingLink is a great online resource to answer all of these questions and more. Click here for more information on affordable housing resources and information for renters, landlords, researchers and policy makers.

 

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