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2-1-1 United Way

2-1-1 call centers are staffed 24/7 by trained Community Resource Specialists who quickly assess needs and refer callers to the help that they seek. Services are free and confidential. They offer information on a broad range of services, including:

  • Food and housing support
  • Mental health and substance abuse resources
  • Legal assistance
  • Youth programs
  • Medical and dental clinics
  • Job training opportunities
  • Household items

and much more…..



Phone
  • 2-1-1
  • 800-543-7709

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Adult Basic Education

The Adult Education program provides a full spectrum of learning options for community members who are age 17 years or older and are not enrolled in or required to be enrolled in any school in the K-12 system. In addition, the individual must lack a secondary high school credential and/or function below the 12th grade level in any of the basic academic areas including reading, math, and ability to read, write and understand English. Adult Education services include: basic skill and computer training, GED preparation, English language learning (ELL), college and career preparation, and industry-specific training (i.e., entrepreneur training, carpentry pre-apprenticeship, ServSafe food manager certification, para-professional certification). Services are available in person and online.



Phone
  • 218-730-6960

Web
Address
  • Norlen Industrial Park
    2124 10th Street
    Two Harbors, MN 55616

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AEOA Head Start Program

Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families and pregnant women and their families. The principles are designed to nurture healthy attachments between the parent and child; emphasize a strengths-based, relationship-centered approach to services; and encompass the full range of a family’s needs from pregnancy through a child’s third birthday. Applications are always welcome.

Head Start provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families from birth until the child’s fifth birthday. The program’s services and resources are designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children’s physical and emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills.



Phone
  • 218-834-2280
  • 218-749-2912 ext. 7351

Web
Address
  • Norlen Industrial Park
    2124 10th Street
    Two Harbors, MN 55616

Email
Community Action Duluth

  • Education-Offers classes, integrated coaching, saving with the FAIM program, and other educational opportunities.
  • Financial Opportunity Center-Integrated coaching program to assist individuals looking to further their education, learn computer skills, research career paths, provide guidance to pay off student loans, and take part in FAIM (assistance to pay for your education). Also offers GED certification, Certified Nursing Assistant classes, Community Construction classes and Stream Corps, an 11-month paid employment program.
  • Health and Food-Sign up for SNAP and MNSure benefits, and learn more about the mobile market, farmer’s markets and Deep Winter Greenhouse.
  • Job Training & Transitional Employment-Learn more about paid employment training, integrated coaching and more.
  • Free Tax Site-IRS-certified volunteers prepare and file your taxes for free.
  • Transportation-We can help you get around by bike, save for a car, and obtain a driver’s license.



Phone
  • 218-726-1665

Web
Address
  • Suite 102
    2424 W 5th Street
    Duluth, MN 55806

Email
Ely Independent School District #696

Community Education-Provides a large variety of trainings and activities for community members, such as being an in-home care worker, Red Cross babysitting classes and Wilderness First Aid, retirement classes, and sports classes.



Phone
  • 218-235-1811

Web
Address
  • Memorial High School
    Washington Elementary
    600 East Harvey Street
    Ely, MN 55731

Email
  • cjhartman@ely.k12.mn.us
Friends of the Finland Community

Many activities are available at the Clair Nelson Center, such as bonebuilders exercise class, yoga, dancing, crafting, alcoholics anonymous, and youth open gym nights. Please visit their website for more information.



Phone
  • 218-353-0300

Web
Address
  • Clair Nelson Center
    6866 Cramer Road
    Finland, MN 55603

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Kickstart Preschool and Child Care Center

Offers infant care, toddler classes (16 to 33 months) and preschool (33 months to 5 years).



Phone
  • 218-510-0598

Web
Address
  • 1073 Highway 61
    Two Harbors, MN 55616

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Lake Superior School District #381

  • Community Education-Offers Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), early childhood screening, a preschool program and childcare. Also offers school readiness, youth development, after school activities, driver education, elementary and junior high athletics, tutoring, adult basic education, defensive driving, health and safety training, job skills training, community and family events. For Two Harbors information, call 218-834-8201 ext. 8230 or Silver Bay information, call 218-226-4437 ext. 8137.

 



Phone
  • 218-834-8221 (Minnehaha Elementary)
  • 218-834-8201 (Two Harbors High School)
  • 218-226-4437 (William Kelley School)

Web
Address
  • Minnehaha Elementary
    421 7th Street
    Two Harbors, MN 55616
  • Two Harbors High School
    1640 Highway 2
    Two Harbors, MN 55616
  • William Kelley School
    137 Banks Blvd.
    Silver Bay, MN 55614

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Life House

Resource for homeless and street youth ages 14-24 offering a youth drop-in center, housing assistance, mental health and wellness programs, education and employment assistance, and sex trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation housing and programming.

  • Youth Drop-In Center-Provides hot meals, showers, lockers, laundry, basic need supplies, WiFi, groups, activities and group meetings. For youth ages 14 to 20, hours are Monday through Friday from 3pm-6pm. For adults ages 18 to 24, hours are 11 am – 1:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Hours are 12pm – 1:30pm on Wednesdays.
  • Mental Health & Wellness-Provides daily support and on-going services to improve physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Intensive case management is used to help youth improve health while obtaining life skills, stable housing, employment, education, parenting education, and connections to community resources. Licensed alcohol and drug counselors are also available to provide chemical health support.
  • Futures Program-Voluntary program available to all Life House youth that may have been expelled or dropped out of school, who have little to no job experience, or who want to further their education and employment skills.
  • Education-Offers online GED preparation, assists with high school enrollment/transfer paperwork and provides tutoring. Assists with entire college process (applications, meetings, tours, supplies, tutoring).
  • Legitimate Hustle Program-Program targets youth who have multiple barriers to obtaining economic self-sufficiency. Provides comprehensive case management and job training in an environment that helps youth to gain essential employment skills, become stable in their recovery or overall well-being, and transition into career opportunities. The Transitional Employment Case Manager assists our youth with resume building, interview skills, transportation to and from interviews, connecting with local businesses, and any additional ways of assisting with pursuing employment opportunities.

Housing

  • Life House Housing Program-Subsidized housing with supportive case management for adults ages 18 to 24.
  • 2001 Apartments-Housing for adults ages 18 to 24, many of whom suffer with addiction and/or mental illness.
  • Northern Lights-8 unit Safe Harbor supportive, transitional housing program for young adults ages 18 to 24.
  • Gateway Tower-Mixed population building for adults ages 18 to 24 who live on a dedicated floor.
  • Sol House-House for survivors of sexual exploitation (ages 15-20).
  • Loft Emergency Shelter-10 bed emergency shelter for youth ages 15-19. Located at 102 W First Street, Duluth. Contact the Residential Program Manager at 218-722-7431, ext. 125.



Phone
  • 218-722-7431
  • Youth Safeline: 800-786-2929

Web
Address
  • 102 West First Street
    Duluth, MN 55802

Email
Literacy Minnesota

Resources to find GED and English (ESL) classes, improve computer, reading, writing and job skills. Also offers a parenting program to help navigate the school system.



Phone
  • 651-645-2277

Web
Address
  • Suite 180
    700 Raymond Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55114

Email
  • email@literacymn.org
Minnesota Help

A web-based means of finding information about education, services for people with disabilities, senior services, waiver services, unemployment, housing/homelessness, health care, transportation, jobs and money management.



Phone
  • 800-333-2433 (Senior Linkage Line)

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North Shore Collaborative

Provides prevention and early intervention services to children and families in Lake and Cook Counties.

  • Learning Opportunities Through Stories (LOTS)-Provides early literacy skills to ensure that children are ready for school.



Phone
  • 218-834-8403

Web
Address
  • 616 3rd Avenue
    Two Harbors, MN 55616

Email
  • Trisha.Scamehorn@co.lake.mn.us
North Shore Community School

Rural K-6 public charter school. Preschool available with before and after school daycare.



Phone
  • 218-525-0663

Web
Address
  • 5926 Ryan Road
    Duluth, MN 55804

Email
Northland Foundation

Offers Early Learning Scholarships to children under age five. The funds help families of young children pay for high-quality childcare and early education.



Phone
  • 218-723-4040
  • 800-433-4045

Web
Address
  • 202 W Superior Street
    Suite 800
    Duluth, MN 55802

Email
  • info@northlandfdn.org
Northwoods Partners

Northwoods Partners offers a variety of activities for community members. Activities include:

  • Friendly Visits
  • Transportation to and from local services/events/meetings, running errands and local medical appointments. Also includes long-distance rides for medical appointments. Volunteer long-distance drivers are reimbursed by Northwoods Partners; clients are asked to make a donation to help us to sustain this program.
  • Grocery Delivery for people age 60+
  • Exercise, strength and balance groups
  • Memories & movement groups
  • Caregiver consultations, support groups, education and relief
  • Aging Mastery Program (AMP) and the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH) program
  • Tasty Tuesdays are offered to learn about healthy recipes, food preparation, and more! Participation is free and availability is limited.



Phone
  • 218-365-8019

Web
Address
  • 328 West Conan Street
    Ely, Minnesota 55731

Email
  • office@northwoodspartners.org
University for Seniors

University for Seniors (US) is an association of older adults (50+) dedicated to lifelong learning and cultural enrichment. Programs include study groups, lectures, workshops, social activities, trips and more.



Phone
  • 218-726-7637

Web
Address
  • 515 Darland Administration Building
    1049 University Drive
    Duluth, MN 55812

Email
  • usask@d.umn.edu
University of Minnesota Extension Service

Master Gardner Program-Trained Master Gardeners and Extension Educators provide programs, information and resources in response to gardening and horticulture questions, climate change, plant biodiversity, pollinators, vegetable variations, and plant, insect and disease identification.



Phone
  • 218-834-8469

Web
Address
  • Lake County Service Center
    616 3rd Avenue
    Two Harbors, MN 55616

Email