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summer resource guide 2019

FREE or scholarship supported activities for kids

Got any summer plans for your kids? Looking for affordable activities around Orono or Wayzata to keep the little ones busy or entertain a bored teenager?

The Great Expectations Summer Resource Guide 2019 can help you find free and scholarship assisted programs and activities within the Orono and Wayzata School Districts. Find something for kids of all ages and weeks of the summer.

From sports to the arts, overnight camp to academic enrichment, there are nearly 30 affordable programs for a variety of interests.

For more information contact your Neighborhood Program Coordinator or someone from the Case Management Team. Learn more about the Great Expectations education initiative.


Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Wait Lists to Open

The Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority (Metro HRA), the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, and the St. Paul Public Housing Agency will be accepting online applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Online Applications for the waiting list lottery will be available:
8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, through noon on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

You must apply to each waiting list separately. You can apply any time during the open period – applications must be submitted online by noon on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. There is no advantage to applying early.

Click here for more information on these opportunities and how to apply online.

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Free Financial Literacy and Employment Courses

The Lutheran Social Service Training and Education center (TEC) in Minneapolis offeres financial literacy and educational empowerment courses. All classes are FREE and open to the public. June classes include Employment Empowerment and Four Cornerstones of Financial Literacy.

Click here for more information on dates and location.

Register online or send an email with name, email and phone number to tec@lssmn.org.


Free Summer YMCA Membership for Teens

Get Summer Program! The YMCA is offering a free summer membership from June 1 – Aug. 31, 2019, for high school students starting grades 9-12 in the fall.

For more information on what this membership includes and how to sign up, click here.


Low Cost Computers and Internet

PCs for People provides affordable computers and low cost internet to eligible individuals. They offer:

  • Refurbished Desktop and Laptop Computers
  • Low-Cost Mobile Internet
  • Affordable Computer Repair

Click here for more information on eligibility and products.


Cradle of Hope – Crib and Baby Supplies

Do you need help finding a crib and other baby supplies? Attend Cradle of Hope’s Safe Slumber Program and receive a free portable crib and other baby supplies.

Cradle of Hope also provides other forms of financial assistance including support for rent, medical bills, child care and transportation. Click here for more information.


Free Summer Camp – YMCA Lake Exploration

The YMCA is partnering with Lake Effect Conservancy, Wayzata Community Sailing, W.P.S. and the City of Wayzata to send 36 youth to the new Lake Exploration Camp. This is a FREE opportunity for youth who are referred by Wayzata Public School staff or Interfaith Outreach staff.

Campers will learn about local lake ecology through fishing, sailing, STEM and water study. This camp will go on a daily field trip to area Lake Minnetonka sites to enjoy on-the-water programming.

Camp Exploration Dates:

  • Week of June 24 for entering 4-6th graders
  • Week of July 15 for entering 7-9th graders
  • Week of Aug. 5 for entering 4-6th graders

Staff will indicate the specific week for which your child is registered.

For more information on how to register, please contact a Neighborhood Program Coordinator or someone from the Case Management Team.


Camp 5210 – One HeartLand

Health Partners and Park Nicollet Clinics are partnering with One Heartland Center to provide Camp 5210 this summer for children ages 7-17.

Camp 5210 is a great opportunity for kids to make new friends and learn new skills to stay active and healthy. There is a sliding scale fee for registration and transportation is provided.

Camp Dates: June 22-26, 2019

For more information on Camp 5210 or to register, visit One Heartland or call 218-372-3988.


Scott County CDA Waiting List Open

Scott County Community Development Agency has opened its one bedroom public housing waiting list for applicants who are 62 and older or have a disability. See how to qualify and apply here.


Dakota County CDA Waiting List Open

Dakota County Community Development Agency has opened its workforce housing waiting lists for one, two and three bedroom unites at properties in Farmington, Hastings, Lakeville and Rosemount. See how to qualify and apply here.


Free Phone or Internet Support

Lifeline is a federal program intended to put home phone and internet service within the reach of qualifying families – giving low-income households affordable home phone or internet access.

This isn’t a promotion or special offer. If you reside in a state where Midco is an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) and Midco services are available at your home address, you may be eligible for this program if you meet the program qualifications. Click here for more information.


Free or Discounted Museum/Zoo Admission

Are you looking for fun activities for your family? Are you a recipient of benefits such as WIC, SNAP, MFIP, Medical Assistance or Head Start?

If so, you are eligible for free or discounted admission to many museums and the Minnesota Zoo!

For more information on locations that offer discounted admission, click here.


Mental Health Crisis Text Line

With support from the MN Department of Human Services, the Crisis Text Line is offering text-based suicide prevention services across Minnesota.

People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click here for more information.


FREE FINANCIAL COACHING

Are you ready to take the next step toward fiancial stability and prosperity? Money Matters, a program of Prepare and Prosper, is now taking applications. Money Matters is an individualized approach with peer support that helps people take action to reach their financial goals.

A financial coach will work with you to:

  • Help you get organized and create a plan
  • Help you stick to your plan
  • Make change happen

For more information on how to apply, visit Prepare and Prosper’s website. You can also email your case manager directly or call our Client Services Volunteer to connect with a case manager over the phone at 763-489-7500.


Transit Assistance Program (TAP)

Metro Transit is offering an enrollment for a new program that allows anyone who is receiving EBT (food assistance) to apply for the Transit Assistance Program (TAP). Fares increased on Oct. 1, 2017. So, someone taking the bus every day could now save $3/day, $60/month, and $700/year during peak hours with this plan.

Find more information and apply here.


LEGAL ADVICE

A number of local agencies provide no cost or low cost legal help. We have compiled a general Legal Resources flyer.

For more information, please contact your case manager.