Community Resources

Basic COVID-19 Need-Based Resources for
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral and Community Members

Here’s a list of resources to help with a variety of crisis-related needs. Continue to check these resources, as these organizations rapidly continue to update information. While this list is not meant to be a clearinghouse, nor meant to be an exhaustive list, it does serve to quickly direct and connect our members with the organizations and agencies that can best help them. And please share with your friends and neighbors! Call volumes for these organizations and agencies is extremely high, so whenever possible, use their websites. If members and neighbors don’t have internet access, please help them to find the phone numbers for the resources listed below.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Minnesota Department of Health
For updates on the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and related guidance from the Department of Health:
How to Reduce COVID-19 Related Stress and Anxiety:
Low Cost Health Care and Help Getting Health Insurance:

Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services:
If you are usually served by MN HHS, see how your benefits and services are affected by COVID-19.

MNsure is offering a special enrollment period (SEP) for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance in response to the potential growth of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. This SEP will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure.

Tax Deadline Extensions and COVID-19 Tax Relief Information
Economic Impact Payments: What You Need to Know:

COVID-19 Information and Updates by City
St. Paul:

Hennepin County Waypoint
Good general resource website. Search by need and location:

Greater Twin Cities United Way
If you, or someone you know, is in need, dial 211 or text the letters MNCOVID to 898-211. United Way Certified Community Resource Specialists are trained to make appropriate referrals for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. They also are available to provide local resources related to accessing food, paying housing bills and other essential services:

Minnesota COVID-19 Response
TEXT MNCOVID to 79606 for up-to-date announcements!

Food Resources
Public Schools Offer Food/Meals During School Closures
Minneapolis Schools:
St. Paul Schools:
Kids not in Minneapolis or St. Paul Schools? Contact your specific school district for more details.

Food Shelves
Groveland Emergency Food Shelf  in Minneapolis IS open (as of 3/24), Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 12:30.  They recommend calling ahead: 612-871-0277.
Hunger Solutions, get help connecting with the food shelf nearest to you,,:

Community Meals 
Loves and Fishes MN, offering take out meals in select locations:

Meals in Minneapolis:
Central Lutheran: Offering a “walk-through” bag lunch on Mondays starting at 11:30 to 12:00 p.m.
Basilica of St. Mary: Sandwiches to-go only
House of Charity: Handing out to-go box meals for the public every day at noon.

Congregational Sunday Meals: Bagged to-go meals, Starts at 5pm:
3/29: Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
4/5:   Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
4/12: Plymouth Congregational Church

Information for Minnesota Workers Affected by COVID-19

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance/Benefits
People should apply immediately if they have been laid off or furloughed. The department is working overtime to get everything accommodated but expect delays. Go to​ or call 651-296-3644 from 8am-4:30pm. .

Child Care Questions and Concerns
The Minnesota State Child Care Information Hotline is open between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Metro number: 651-297-1304, Greater Minnesota: 1-800-657-3504

The YMCA is collaborating with local government and health officials to deliver school-age care for children in kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6) for essential employees and critical workers in 38 sites across the state of Minnesota.  Starting Monday, March 23, the YMCA sites are open for school-age care from 8:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Registration: First come, first served. To Call 612-230-9622.

Child Trauma and Wellness 
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Cope with Covid-19
English, Spanish, and Chinese versions available
Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
World Health Organization Resources for Parents:

Mental Health and Crisis Resources
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. To learn more about things you can do to cope and support yourself and your loved ones, go to the CDC website:

Mental Health Resources by Minnesota Counties:

If you need to talk to someone, these resources are confidential and available for FREE 24/7:
• Call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
• Text HOME to 741-741 for the Crisis Text Line:
• Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for the Disaster Distress Hotline:
• Call 1-866-488-7386, text START to 678678 or go to the Trevor Project (LBGTQ youth):
• Call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 to connect with the National Domestic Abuse Hotline:

Physical Health
While many gyms are closed to prevent the spread of this illness, being active can help your stress and anxiety. YouTube and other streaming services offer many guided practices you can do in your own home, and getting out for a walk, run, or bike ride – as long as you keep your distance from others – is still advisable.

Substance Abuse Support
Many substance abuse support groups are going virtual right now. On their websites, you can find links and guidelines to stay connected to your community:
AA Options for Meeting Online:
Minneapolis AA:
St. Paul AA:
Supporting someone with a problem with alcohol:
Narcotics Anonymous Twin Cities:

Help to Avoid Utilities Being Shut Off
Excel and CenterPoint Suspend Disconnections:
Excel Energy:
CenterPoint Energy:
Have another provider for your utilities? Visit your specific utility provider’s website or call. Many municipalities have agreed to suspend water- shut offs for 30 days. Visit your city’s public works office or call.

FREE or Low Cost Internet Service
Available from Comcast:
Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service.
Minneapolis City-Wide Wifi:
The citywide Wi-Fi internet is now open and free for everyone.

Computer Resources
Go to EveryoneOn to find low-cost internet and affordable computers in your area. EveryoneOn also includes resources for schools to help students stay connected while at home.
See the Get Connected guide for additional low cost internet and computers resources in Minneapolis.

High-Risk Population Support
If you are looking for ways to support your neighbors and community members, please check out these two offerings of ways to create mutual aid (think Nextdoor, etc.).
COVID Mutual Aid:
Help a Neighbor 2020:


Need help with something that’s not listed? Please reach out to Deacon Rena Turnham directly at: [email protected] or 612-308-1898.

*Note: Please do not contact me to update this list. I will update this list if absolutely needed, otherwise, please rely on the organizations listed above to connect you with up-to-date information. This keeps me free to respond to our Cathedral members, as well as to broader community need.