Dear Bethesda Team Member,
We all have experienced new challenges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — at work and in our private lives. Because you are an important part of our team, and we care about you, we created Blue Link, a free Bethesda program. We came up with the name by combining our Bethesda blue color with the goal of linking team members to resources you can use — to cope and thrive during these uncertain times. As a team, we support one another, experience joys and challenges together, and care for each other. We’re glad you’re on our team, and we’re here for you.
Below are phone numbers and website links to a variety of resources ready to help you. We have used translated information from United Community Action Partnership, Kandiyohi County Public Health, Minnesota Department of Health, and Central Community Transit. If you need further assistance, please contact Bethesda’s Human Resources team.
Sometimes money is tight and there isn’t enough to buy basic necessities like food for yourself or your family. If you need food, there are many places that can help you.
Minnesota Food HelpLine: Minnesota Food HelpLine can provide solutions to food needs. If you or someone you know is struggling to put food on the table, call 1-888-711-1151 or fill out a form online: www.hungersolutions.org
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Trained staff at United Community Action Partnership will help you complete the required information to receive the benefits they are eligible for as soon as possible. For more information, go to www.unitedcapmn.org
- Spanish: Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (Alcance SNAP): Sabemos que completar la solicitud de SNAP Outreach (anteriormente, cupones de alimentos) puede resultar confuso. Nuestro personal capacitado se asegurará de que toda la información requerida se envíe la primera vez y ayudará a las personas a obtener los beneficios para los que son elegibles lo antes posible. ¿Se pregunta si es elegible? Te gustaría más información? Todas las oficinas de UCAP cuentan con personal de SNAP Outreach que está listo para ayudar. Haga clic para encontrar la oficina de SNAP más cercana y llámenos hoy. www.unitedcapmn.org
Food shelves: Contact the food shelf in the county where you live, either by calling or going online to their website:
- Chippewa County: Call 320-269-6578 or https://prairiefive.org
- Kandiyohi County: Call 320-235-2641 or http://kandiyohicountyfoodshelf.com/
- Meeker County: Call 320-693-7661 or http://meekercountyfood.org/
- Pope County: Call 320-634-3408 or www.freefood.org
- Renville County: Call 320-523-5339 or www.renvillecountymn.com
- Stearns County: Call 320-650-1550 or www.ccstcloud.org
- Swift County: Call 320-842-8565 or https://prairiefive.org
School districts distribute meals: During the pandemic, many schools in Minnesota are providing free breakfast and lunch meals to all students (in-school, hybrid, and distance-learning), with no income requirement. Contact your child’s school to learn more.
Also, Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (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 who are interested in receiving P-EBT, and who are not currently receiving SNAP, MFIP or Tribal TANF benefits, are encouraged to contact their child’s school for more information. Additional information can be found on the P-EBT webpage at mn.gov/dhs/p-ebt.
People in need of assistance accessing healthy foods are urged to contact their county or tribal human services office, or Hunger Solutions Minnesota.
If you need someone to listen and show they care, reach out to any of the resources below. There are people who want to listen, to offer support and encouragement, and who can help you through this. Please know that you’re an important part of our team. We care about you, and you matter.
Suicide prevention & support: If you or someone you know is in crisis or in need of immediate assistance, the following resources are free and available 24/7:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit the website
- Crisis Call Line in Minnesota: Call **CRISIS (**274747) or visit the website
- Crisis Text Line: Text MN to 741741 or visit the website
- The Trevor Project: Call 1-866-488-7386 or visit the website
- If you need emergency shelter: Call UCAP at 507-537-1416 or visit the website
Additional resources available for counseling and/or coping with stress and worry:
North Country Counseling: Bethesda has partnered with North Country Counseling to offer counseling services at no cost to Bethesda team members. Call or text to schedule counseling services: 320-428-0744. Free counseling (30-minute or 60-minute sessions) are conducted virtually – you can use your cell phone, iPad or home computer. You can use one of Bethesda’s computers or iPads for your counseling session before or after your shift, or while on you’re on break. Talk with Human Resources about borrowing a device. For information, visit North Country Counseling’s website.
Kandiyohi County Public Health: There are a wide variety of thoughts and feelings that can occur when difficult things happen. If you need help, call Kandiyohi County Public Health at 320-231-7800 and press 4; or click on a link below:
- Spanish: Hay una gran variedad de pensamientos y sentimientos que pueden ocurrir cuando suceden cosas difíciles. Podemos conectarlo con los recursos necesarios. Llame a Salud Pública del Condado de Kandiyohi al 320-231-7800 y presione 4.
- Somali: Waxaa jira fikrado badan oo sheega in wel-wel dhaco xiliga dhibaatadu dhacdo. Waxaanu kugu xiriirin karnaa meel kasta oo aad caawimaad ka heli karto. Soo Wac Xarunta Caafimaadka Guud ee Kandiyohi 320-231-7800 Riix 4.
Minnesota Department of Health: It’s normal to be experiencing increased stress and anxiety, which can affect people at different times and in different ways. MDH offers tools and resources for health care workers to deal with common mental, emotional, and psychological concerns they have because of the COVID-19 pandemic:
Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Offers help in coping with farm and rural stress through the Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline. Visit the Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline website. Or call 1-833-600-2670 or text FARMSTRESS to 898211 for free and confidential help 24/7.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota: NAMI Minnesota is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illness. For resources and ongoing support, go to NAMI’s website.
Sometimes you need a ride to work, the grocery store, school, a doctor’s appointment, or another location. The CCT transit bus offers transportation to people of all ages.
- CCT Central Community Transit: provides safe, reliable, cost-effective transportation to all residents in Kandiyohi, Meeker and Renville counties. For more information, go online to www.cctbus.org or call:
- Willmar office: 320-214-7433
- Olivia office: 320-523-3589
- Litchfield office: 320-693-7794
- Spanish: Tránsito comunitario mas informacion: Guia para el pasajero
If you need help with something and don’t know where to turn, contact these resources, which offer help in a variety of areas such as transitional housing, legal services, gambling hotline, child care, employment training, and much more.
PACT for Families: is a collaborative that helps fill gaps in services and reduce duplication. PACT for Families has compiled resource guides for counties in its service area. Click on a link below to find services that could be helpful in your county:
United Community Action Partnership: offers innovative programs and services to address meeting basic needs, education, employment training, transportation services, housing counseling, affordable housing solutions, emergency services, transportation, community economic development projects, after-school programs, weatherization, energy efficiency, asset-building, financial literacy, child development, and services and opportunities for returning military veterans, home-bound seniors and people with disabilities. UCAP’s primary goal is to answer questions and quickly connect people with the services that are needed. Call 320-235-0850 ext. 1137 or go to www.unitedcapmn.org
- Spanish: United Community Action Partnership ofrece programas y servicios innovadores para satisfacer las necesidades básicas, educación, capacitación laboral, servicios de transporte, asesoramiento de vivienda, soluciones de vivienda asequibles, servicios de emergencia, transporte, proyectos de desarrollo económico comunitario, programas extracurriculares, climatización, eficiencia energética, desarrollo de activos, educación financiera, desarrollo infantil y servicios y oportunidades para los veteranos militares que regresan, las personas mayores confinadas a sus hogares y las personas con discapacidades. Nuestro objectivo principal es responder preguntas y conectar rápidament a las personas con los servicios que se necesitan. Para acceder a los servicios o asociarse con United Community Action, llame: 507-537-1416. Lo conectaremos con uno de nuestros miembros dedicados del personal. www.unitedcapmn.org
- Somali: United Community Action Partnership waxay bixisaa barnaamijyo iyo adeegyo hal-abuur leh si wax looga qabto la kulanka baahiyaha aasaasiga ah, waxbarashada, tababarka shaqada, adeegyada gaadiidka, la-talinta guryeynta, xalalka guryaha ee la awoodi karo, adeegyada deg-degga ah, gaadiidka, mashaariicda horumarinta dhaqaalaha bulshada, barnaamijyada dugsiga kadib, cimilada, tamarta tamarta, dhisidda hantida, akhriska iyo maaliyadda, horumarka ilmaha, iyo adeegyada iyo fursadaha soo noqoshada halyeeyada milatariga, waayeelka ku xiran guriga iyo dadka naafada ah. Hadafkeena koowaad waa inaan ka jawaabno su’aalaha isla markaana si dhakhso leh ugu xirno dadka adeegyada loo baahan yahay. Si aad u hesho adeegyo ama aad ula kaashato United Community Action si aad u caawiso dadka oo nolosha u beddesho, fadlan la xiriir xafiiska kuugu dhow ama wac xafiiskayaga shirkadda ee Marshall, MN lambarka 507-537-1416. Waxaan kugu xiri doonnaa mid ka mid ah shaqaalaheena dadaalka badan. www.unitedcapmn.org
If you need further assistance or, if you have suggestions for information to include on this page,
contact Bethesda’s Human Resources team: email [email protected]
or call Baillee at 320-214-5603, Amy at 320-235-8244, or Liz at 320-214-5691.
You’re part of the Bethesda Team,
and we’re all in this together.