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*Please note: Interfaith is open and here to help, but operating a little differently due to COVID-19. Please check our hours and what we offer for the most up-do-date information. Thank you.


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.

 

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. 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)

 


COVID-19 INFORMATION

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.


food

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

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Loaves and Fishes: Provides free curbside community lunches + dinners at the locations/times below:
    • Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
      Every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
      12235 Old Rockford Rd, Plymouth, MN 55441
    • Plymouth Covenant Church
      Tuesday and Saturday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
      Plymouth Covenant Church, Door 3, Vicksburg Lane North, Plymouth, MN
    • Ridgedale YMCA
      Monday-Friday, noon-1 p.m.
      12301 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305
  • 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

YOUTH

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:

  • Ridgedale YMCA — The YMCA will offer care at Ridgedale Sept. 8-11, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $40 per day. Scholarships available.
  • Lifetime Fitness — Care plus schoolwork assistance in a camp-type setting. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. $50 per day.

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


employment

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

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.

Participation:

  • You will complete 14 surveys over a period of 7 weeks (2 surveys each week)
  • Surveys can be completed online or by phone
  • Phone interviews can be completed in multiple languages
  • 1st survey will take about 30 minutes, others will take about 10 minutes
  • Surveys are confidential

Compensation:

  • $6 for the first survey, and $2 for each of the 12 semiweekly surveys you complete and a debrief survey. Total possible earnings = $32 dollars.
  • You will receive an individualized report that offers recommendations that can inform your future job search.

HOUSING

Eviction Suspension

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.

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.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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.


SENIORs

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.


SELF-CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH

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.


TECHNOLOGY

Internet Access