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FOOD SHELF IS NOW A SUPERSHELF

Our food shelf is now open for you to shop inside the building and choose what items work best for you. To shop you must make an appointment at iocp.org/foodvisit. You can schedule an appointment once every 2 weeks. We will not be able to take in-person drop-ins; appointments are required. 

Visit iocp.org/foodvisit to make an appointment. Please call 763-489-7530 or email pfelker@iocp.org if you have any questions or concerns.

To connect with our services

If you HAVE NEVER USED our services or it has been MORE THAN 1 YEAR: Email us at clientintake@iocp.org or call 763-489-7500 to get started.If you HAVE USED our services in the past year and:

you have general questions, are looking for resources or are wondering how Interfaith could help… Email us at clientintake@iocp.org or call 763-489-7500
you need food… Visit iocp.staging.wpengine.com/foodvisit or call 763-489-7500 to schedule an in-building food shelf appointment
you are looking for financial assistance… Email us at financialteam@iocp.org or call 763-489-7500
you are looking for a job or want to increase your income… Email us at employmentservices@iocp.org or call 763-489-7500
You are looking for child care for your 0-5yr old, child care assistance or information about early childhood development… Email us at CFKteam@iocp.org
or call 763-489-7500

Information about holiday and seasonal programs will be here on our website and in our regular client emails.

INTERFAITH SERVICES

INFORMATION & GETTING STARTED
General information

We have a team of staff and volunteers who can:

  • Provide information and answer questions about our services,
  • Connect you with program staff, and
  • Provide information about resources in the broader community

Email us at clientintake@iocp.org or call 763-489-7500

Front Desk

Staff and volunteers are at the front desk to connect in-person briefly.

We can help:

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

Front desk hours are: Click Here

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 now required in our building. Cloth/reusable and disposable masks are available. Ask us at the front desk or in the food shelf.


FOOD

Food Shelf 

The food shelf reopened on Monday September 20 – visit iocp.org/foodvisit to make an appointment. The food shelf provides no-cost food and household essentials to help you stretch your budget. We now have even more options, including gluten free items, kid friendly snacks, halal meats, a variety of drinks and dried beans.

Bring your picture ID. Visit as often as every other week.

Please call 763-489-7530 or email pfelker@iocp.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Food Shelf Schedule
Food Shelf schedule: Click Here


RESALE SELECT

Located in our building, Resale Select is a resale store staffed by community volunteers. The store carries clothing and household goods. Sales support Interfaith Outreach programs and services. Open to the public. Details at www.iocp.staging.wpengine.com/resale. To request assistance with the cost of Resale items please contact our financial team at financialteam@iocp.org or call 763-489-7500.

Do you need a winter coat? Resale Select will have a limited number of coat coupons at the front desk available for those clients in need of a coat starting 10/15/21 – 11/30/21. Adults that received a coat last year will be put on a wait list. Resale will contact you if a coat becomes available.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Emergency Financial Assistance
Our financial team can help you resolve immediate financial crises and connect you with financial and other resources. Assistance includes rent, utilities and car repair. Learn more or begin an application by contacting our team directly at financialteam@iocp.org or call 763-489-7500.

COVID-related rent and utilities support
Additional rent assistance is available for families whose income has been affected by COVID. In some cases assistance is available with back rent owed and multiple months of rent. Initial applications are taken at www.renthelpmn.org


EMPLOYMENT

Employment Services: Build Skills, Find a Job & Increase your Income
Employment Services provides a team of staff to help you achieve your education and employment goals. Support is available in three forms, including:

  • Employment Express Services: Easy-to-access job search assistance, digital literacy training & other skill-building opportunities
  • Employment Coaching Advantage: Coaching to find a job within 5 months that meets a families’ financial needs.
  • Employment Training Options: Access to employment training opportunities that will increase earning potential

Connect with the team by emailing employmentservices@iocp.org or calling 763-489-7500.

Employment Express Services
It’s free. It’s easy. You choose. You sign-up.

Job search support: Help with resumes, finding in-demand jobs, online applications or interview prep.
Digital Literacy Tutoring: Learn basic computer skills, Microsoft programs, email, internet, typing and more.
Events & Workshops: Attend in-person or virtual networking events, job fairs or jobseeker workshops.

Sign-up. employmentservices@iocp.org

Employment Technology Assistance
Are you in need of a laptop or affordable internet to support your job search or employment training goals? We might be able to help. Call us at 763-489-7504 or email employmentservices@iocp.org and request an appointment with an Employment Services staff person to discuss your technology needs.

Job Seeker Workshops
Monthly workshops are being held this summer. They are being presented in collaboration with therapists from Relate Counseling Center and other partners. Summer workshops will focus on managing the stress of the job search, communication in the workplace, and dealing with rejection.

October 2021 Events

Meet Employers at Interfaith: Network and Apply!
October 11th through November 3rd employers will set up tables in the Interfaith Outreach lobby to recruit for their open positions. No registration is required; drop-ins are welcome. Bring a resume tailored to the job you want and dress to feel confident, prepared and professional. See business casual suggestions here.

Why should I attend? 

  • This is a GREAT opportunity to connect face-to-face with recruiters hiring for local jobs! Share your qualifications and father information: Jobs Currently Available, Wage Range, PT/FT/Season, Additional benefits (transportation, medical, childcare, remote/flexible work, tuition reimbursement, growth/advancement opportunities, etc.) 
  • Jobseekers can apply on-site in our computer lab and get assistance with online applications. 

What are the dates/times employers will be onsite? Which employers will be represented? 

  • For an up-to-date schedule of who will be onsite & when, email us at employmentservices@iocp.org. 
  • Watch for a mid-October email update with a schedule of recruiters who’ll be onsite. 

What if I can’t make it on the day a recruiter I want to talk to is scheduled to be in the lobby?  

  • Check out the Employment Services wall display for flyers promoting these local openings and grab a 1/2 sheet handout listing all employers who are participating.
  • Questions? Need to create or edit a resume? Contact us at: employmentservices@iocp.org

November 2021 Events

Secrets of Effective Communicators
Thursday, November 18th
10-10:50 a.m. via Zoom
Learn communication strategies to help manage conflict and advocate for yourself.  These tips will work in all relationships – workplace, family, friends, and other! Register now by emailing employmentservices@iocp.org

For More Employment Resources: Click HERE


INDIVIDUAL & FAMILY SUPPORT

Case Management
Case Management staff work one-on-one with individuals and families. Case Managers provide information, connections to resources, problem-solving assistance, advocacy, counseling and support. Their work focuses on helping you achieve your goals, including housing stability, and supporting your efforts within our Employment Services programs. For more information email us at clientintake@iocp.org or call 763-489-7500.

Self-Care and Emotional Support
Interfaith staff work with staff from Washburn Center for Children, Relate Counseling Center and Metro Behavioral Health to provide access to support and counseling to children, adults and families. More information: Click Here https://iocp.org/outreach-services/get-help/on-site-services/


CHILD CARE & EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Caring for Kids
Caring for Kids works with families to ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn. Early education scholarships that allow parents to choose high-quality early care and education programs, early childhood development information and parent support are available to families with children ages 0-5. To learn more email us at CfKteam@iocp.org or call 763-489-7500.

Caring for Kids Baby Layettes
Expecting a new baby in your family? Baby Layettes are available through Caring for Kids staff. Layettes include baby blankets, clothing, toys, bottles, nooks and other new baby essentials. Contact cfkteam@iocp.org or call 763-489-7500 to request a layette.


NEIGHBORHOODS

Neighborhood Program
The Neighborhood Program provides services to families living in the Plymouth and Medina neighborhoods listed below. Our focus is connecting families with community resources; assisting residents to build healthy neighborhoods; and supporting youth.

      • Currents
      • Kimberly Meadows
      • Lakeview Commons
      • Medina Townhomes
      • Plymouth Colony
      • Shenandoah Woods
      • Stone Creek
      • Vicksburg Commons
      • Willow Wood Estates

Neighborhood Program staff are currently available via phone, text, email, or safely in-person by special arrangement.


BIRTHDAY & SEASONAL PROGRAMS

Birthday Shelf
Families who are celebrating a birthday of a child (1-18 yrs.) living in their household are invited to use the Interfaith Outreach birthday shelf. To access the birthday shelf, stop by our front desk during regular business hours with a photo ID.

Seasonal Programs
Holiday Gift
Assistance in the form of gifts or gift cards is available for those celebrating Christmas, Chanukah or Eid al-Fitr. Register in October for assistance in December (Christmas/Chanukah) or before the month of Ramadan for assistance at Eid al-Fitr.

Back to School
Through the support of our community, Interfaith Outreach will once again provide a pre-packaged bag of school supplies to client families with children entering Kindergarten – 12 grade who choose to participate. We are a supplemental program, so we are not able to fulfill your entire school supply list.

Pre-registration for this program has ended. If you would still like to register your student please contact BTSVolunteer@iocp.org or call 763.489.7505 and a volunteer or staff member will provide information on how and when you can pick up school supplies.

TRANSPORTATION

Rides Program
Medical and Education Rides are currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will provide updates here when this program is reactivated.