Resources during COVID

 

A Guide to Resources Available in Stillwater/St. Croix Valley Area

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Wifi

  • Limited wifi may be available in the parking lot/outside of our building. The Fourth Street parking lot is the best place to access wifi from a vehicle. The wifi will be available times the library is not open. To access it, please find the network SPL-Guest and enter the password stillwater guest (with a space)  

Xfinity (Comcast) WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. At a hotspot, you can connect to Wifi through your phone, iPad, laptop, or other internet-enabled device. 

To connect: 

  • Visit www.xfinity.com/wifi (if you cannot do this, please call us at the library at 651-275-4338 and we will do our best to locate a hotspot near you) 
  • Physically go to a hotspot location with your device
  • Once you are at the hotspot, go to settings–>wifi on your device
  • Select the xfinitywifi network name in the list of available hotspots
  • Open a web browser, and you should be connected 

Source: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

AT&T is also providing free internet access through their hotspots. 

To connect: 

  • Physically go to a hotspot location with your device. AT&T does not have a map of locations, but they recommend that you can download a hotspot locator app on your phone to find one. 
  • Once you are at the hotspot, go to settings–>wifi on your device
  • Select the att-wifi or attwifi network name in the list of available hotspots
  • Open a web browser, and you should be connected 

Source: https://www.att.com/support/article/wireless/KM1103818/

Food Assistance

Stillwater Area Public Schools are offering free lunch and breakfast to kids ages 1-18 while school is out. If your family would benefit from free meals, please complete the Student Meals Request Survey to help plan for distribution: https://tinyurl.com/wxxqexm 

  • Meals will include lunch and breakfast items for the following day. They will be available for pickup at the following locations from 11:15am-noon and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis:
    • Afton-Lakeland Elementary School, 475 St Croix Trail S, Lakeland,
    • Andersen Elementary School, 309 4th St N, Bayport
    • Brookview Elementary School, 11099 Brookview Rd, Woodbury
    • Cimarron Community Room in Lake Elmo
    • City Walk apartments in Woodbury (exact location to be announced shortly)
    • Gateway Place in Woodbury (exact location to be announced shortly) 
    • Lake Elmo Elementary School, 11030 Stillwater Blvd N, Lake Elmo
    • Lily Lake Elementary School, 2003 W Willard St., Stillwater
    • Oak Park Building, 6355 Osman Ave N, Stillwater
    • Rutherford Elementary School, 115 Rutherford Rd, Stillwater
    • Stillwater Area High School (check in at the gymnasium entrance labeled 3W), 5701 Stillwater Blvd N, Oak Park Heights
    • Stillwater Middle School, 523 Marsh St W, Stillwater
    • Stonebridge Elementary School, 900 Owens St N, Stillwater

Valley Outreach
Main location is 1911 Curve Crest Blvd W Stillwater, MN, 55082
(651) 430-2739

  • Providing food to people through a drive-up service model, with no appointment needed, during our regular walk-in hours:
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
  • They are accepting financial and food donations. Learn more at https://valleyoutreachmn.org/

White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf
Main location is 1884 Whitaker St White Bear Lake, Minnesota, 55110

  • Prepacked To-Go bags filled with a variety of fresh, frozen, and packaged foods (like produce, milk, eggs, and bread) will be available during regular Monday-Friday shopping hours on a drive-up basis. No appointments are needed and any and all households are eligible. To-Go Bags Pick up Hours are:
  • Monday 10 am – 12:30 pm, Tuesday 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Wednesday 10 am –12:30 pm, Thursday 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday 10 am – 12:30 pm
  • Learn more at https://whitebearfoodshelf.org/ or call (651) 407-5310

Free Food for Families across the Twin Cities: https://tinyurl.com/scbt9w5

Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf
8264 4th Street North Oakdale MN 55128

  • Visitors will receive pre-packed bags of food, and are welcome to come back weekly to get additional food, if needed. 651-233-1296
  • Drive-up Market Hours: Monday 12-4pm, Thursday 3-7pm, Friday 10am-1:30pm 
  • Drive-up Wildcard Wednesday 11-1:30 pm
  • Drive-up Produce Fair 2nd and 4th Saturday 11-1:30pm

St. Michael’s Food Shelf
611 3rd St S Church of St. Michael Stillwater, MN, 55082
Call Monday -Thursday (9am-11am) for an appointment (651) 439-3241

St. Jude’s Community Food Shelf
700 Mahtomedi Ave. Mahtomedi, MN 55115
651-395-5350

  • The Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf serves people living within the boundaries of the Mahtomedi School District #832, and is a ministry of St. Jude of the Lake Catholic Church.
  • Must show proof of residency in the area
  • Food shelf hours are:
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. 
  • You are required to place your food order before 9:00 am the day of pick-up 

Financial Assistance

Unemployment Insurance

  • Learn more and apply at apply at uimn.org
  • Unemployment Insurance is provided by the State of Minnesota. It provides a temporary partial wage replacement to workers who are laid off or have their hours greatly reduced.  
  • You might also qualify if you are sick or quarantined due to COVID-19; are caring for a person who is sick with COVID-19; are children of emergency workers; are caring for children at home due to lack of school or child care.
  • The application is available in English, Español, Hmoob, and Somali
  • Register as soon as you are laid off/have your hours reduced since, according to WCCO, “It will likely take a week to hear back and a couple more to get paid.”
  • The online application is recommended (rather than calling) right now because of high volume of calls. Call center representatives are available Monday-Friday, from 8am to 4:30pm at 651-296-3644 (or 1-866-814-1252 for TTY users)
  • For even more information, visit the Minnesota Employment and Economic Development’s guide to resources for workers during COVID-19: https://tinyurl.com/v4mkyrl 

Minnesota Department of Human Resources

  • Offers Cash Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Child Care or Emergency Assistance. 
  • Learn more and apply at applymn.dhs.mn.gov
  • For immediate assistance, contact Washington County Human Services at 651-430-6455 

Washington County Community Services – Economic Support

  • Provides services to families in crisis, including counseling referral to other agencies, and coordination of services to assist families in meeting their goals 651-430-6459 

Valley Outreach
Main location is 1911 Curve Crest Blvd W Stillwater, MN, 55082
Call 651-430-2739 for financial assistance or service-related needs 

 

Childcare
IMPORTANT: In the state of Minnesota, food distribution workers–which includes grocery store clerks, deliverers, and sanitation workers–are now included among emergency workers 

Stillwater Area Public Schools will provide childcare for qualified emergency workers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for children ages 3 to 12. 

YMCA Facilities are closed and working to convert their facilities into all-day childcare for emergency workers. 

Other Resources

Washington County Community Services Resource List
https://tinyurl.com/s2w2snb

Family Resources Directory
This resource directory was prepared by Washington County Department of Public Health & Environment In conjuction with ACCAP – Anoka County Community Action Programs

https://tinyurl.com/s3rvnom

YMCA Youth Resource Line
There are youth and young adults facing homelessness, eviction, unemployment and more during this community crisis. The YMCA Youth Resource Line is a free resource line for youth and young adults 12-24 who are in need of community resources. YMCA Life Coaches offer referrals to YMCA and community resources based on the young person’s needs. Call 763-493-3052.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential. You can also chat online at https://www.thehotline.org/

Financial Assistance to Support Pet Ownership Costs
The Humane Society has this list of resources to support pet owners who are having trouble paying for food/care: https://tinyurl.com/y5wegqkw

Healthcare Assistance

MNSure

  • Beginning March 23, MNsure will open a special enrollment period which will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure.

Medicaid and Medicare

  • Medicaid in the United States is a federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources; Medicare is a national health insurance program in the United States
  • Minnesota legislature is working to allow more flexibility related to Medicaid and Medicare during COVID-19.
  • Learn more at medicare.gov and medicaid.gov 

Mental Health Crises
Washington County Crisis Response Unit provides 24/7/365 mobile crisis mental health services for adults and children experiencing a crisis. Mobile crisis interventions are face-to-face, short-term, intensive mental health services. 

Call 651-275-7400 or email crisisresponse@co.washington.mn.us

Disclaimer

This list exists to guide the public toward available resources during the COVID-19 outbreak. While the intention is that the information on this guide is as timely and accurate as possible, there are no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this site, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this guide. Reference in this guide to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Stillwater Public LIbrary or the City of Stillwater.