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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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. Provide name and contact information at CareerForceMN.com/Coursera by September 30th to receive 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)|
State-sponsored free COVID testing sites
In an effort to prevent our community from experiencing unnecessarily high outbreaks of COVID-19, The Power of People Leadership Institute has partnered with The MN Dept of Health and other community organizations to encourage a greater degree of COVID testing. Learn more.
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:
Other Community Resources
Child Care Update
Wayzata Kids will not be offering services during the week of Sept. 8-11. Here are some additional resources during this time:
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
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:
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).
Questions? Visit the COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance Benefits page.
COVID-19 job search survey
– Opportunity to Inform How Government Agencies Support Job Seekers –
For more information or to participate visit this website.
Below is information about a research study being conducted by staff at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to better understand the experience of job searching during COVID-19. If you are at least 18 years old, living in Minnesota and are currently job searching they would love to connect with you. You will receive compensation and an individualized report that offers recommendations for your job search. In addition, Employment Services at Interfaith Outreach will receive general information that results from the study – information that will help us improve the services we provide.
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:
What the Order does not mean:
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.
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 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.
Until further notice is given, Xcel Energy has stopped service disconnections for residential customers. Learn more online or call 800-895-4999.
Temporarily, gas disconnections have been postponed. To learn more about payment options call 800-245-2377.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.