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Resources and updates during school closure

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Last updated: May 22, 2020 – additional resources listed

Our schools have been called upon to serve our community in ways we’ve never before imagined. In responding to this call, we are working incredibly hard to navigate in such a way as to balance the personal concerns of the amazing individuals who work and serve our students with the call to continue to serve our community as we face a global health pandemic.

These times call for a monumental shift in operations and the variety of services we provide as a school. We continue to connect with families to address specific needs and to provide resources for current and foreseeable challenges. These efforts will continue throughout the summer and this resource page will be updated as needed.

**Contact our City Connects Coordinator, McKenzie Bergman, via email: bergmanm@btcsmn.org or phone: 612.361.1306 if you are in need of further resources.

Summer Fun Resources

Food for families

**Hours and availability may differ on holidays**

  • The YMCA is partnering with Loaves and Fishes to provide free, nourishing food to families in the community to ensure youth have food during this unprecedented pandemic. 
    • Southdale YMCA, 7355 York Avenue South, Edina. Pick-up Monday-Friday from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People), 9600 Aldrich Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420, 952-888-9616, veap.org
    • 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
    • 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Thursday
    • Drive-up food distribution model starting March 23. VEAP is doubling the number of times a household can receive food each month. Home delivery available to seniors and those with limited mobility in our community.
  • Good in the Hood – Food pantry for anyone in need., Cedar Valley Church, 8600 Bloomington Ave., 612-217-4003, Email: info@goodinthehood.org
    • Dates/Time: The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Ruby’s Pantry- Bloomington Lutheran Church, 9350 Portland Avenue S, Bloomington.
    • First Tuesday of each month
    • Doors open at 4:30 p.m., Distribution from 5 – 6:30 pm
  •  Saint Bonaventure Church-  Food bundle available one time/month/family, 901 E 90th St., Bloomington, go to the activity building south of the church. Must be a Richfield/Bloomington resident and have proof of residency
    • Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Fridays from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Loaves and FishesServing free, nutritious meals to those in need
    • Bloomington- Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S, 952-948-0746, Monday-Friday: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Richfield- Hope Presbyterian Church, 7132 Portland Ave South, Monday-Thursday: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
    • Richfield- Woodlake Lutheran Church, 2120 West 76th St., Saturday and Sunday: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Hunger Solutions: Meals for Kids During Covid-19 Closings
  • Richfield Public School- Grab and Go Meals from Richfield’s Nutrition Services can be picked up outside the main entrances at Richfield Dual Language School, Richfield Middle School, and Richfield High School between the hours of 11a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Child does not have to be present.
    • Richfield Public Schools will also distribute food through the regular bus stops – check the site for details
  • Minneapolis Food Distribution for Students – You do not have to be a Minneapolis student but do need to be present to pick up meal
  • Bloomington Food Distribution for Students – Summer meal pick-up is available June 8th- August 21st from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Must show proof of Bloomington residency.

Housing resources

Internet access

  • WiFi Access: Xfinity WiFi hotspots will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit http://www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
  • Comcast has free mobile hotspots over the metro – just click to connect

Mental Health resources

  • McKenzie Bergman, Licensed School Counselor: call/text 612-361-1306, bergmanm@btcsmn.org
  • Sara Belleau, Licensed Clinical Counselor: call/text 612-232-0592, sarabelleau1@gmail.com
  • Dr. Jules Nolan, Licensed Psychologist: call 651-426-4297, drjulesnolan@gmail.com
  • Nystrom is expanding their services to the Blessed Trinity community to offer tele-health therapy. If you or your family needs additional assistance during this time, please call 1-844-Nystrom or visit www.nystromcounseling.com, where you can request an appointment. They also have several helpful videos on how to cope with and best manage the mental health and substance use disorder side effects during the COVID-19 Pandemic on their Facebook page and Website.

Additional resources

**Contact our City Connects Coordinator, McKenzie Bergman, via email: bergmanm@btcsmn.org or phone: 612.361.1306 if you are in need of further resources.

 

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