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RESOURCES for families

Auto Resources

The Car Clinic (Elk River) FREE labor

Mitch-Prior Lakee- FREE labor, but parts have to be paid for.



Hope Car Care Arden Hills- FREE labor, but parts have to be paid for.   

 (952) 223-7457       

They charge around $15/hour.


Timothy~ Reduced rate labor.                (612)-242-4468

Vehicle Repair Program- CAPH (Hennepin County Residents Only).

One time grant for car repairs. 

Up to $1,000 with zero income or $1350 with income. 

Car cannot be over 12 years old, and you must show proof of insurance, title and driver's license. 

Does not help with replacing engines or transmissions. 

Have to complete and online 8-hour financial literacy course.

Shops below charge normal labor:


JPT auto Crystal, MN. 



Skips Auto Elk River- Please let them know The Car Clinic of Elk River sent you. 



JC Auto Rogers, MN- Please let them know Cross Food Shelf (in Rogers, MN) referred you to them. 


housing Resources

Energy Cents Coalition Power on Program for Xcel and GAP Program for CenterPoint. 


CEAP Food Assistance 

  • Need to make an appointment through website below or by calling 763-566-9600



STEP- St Louis Park residents ONLY

  • Food Assistance, rental assistance, clothing closet, bus passes, fuel, holiday toy program, coats and more.


PRISM- For residents of New Hope, Crystal, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale or Plymouth

  • Rental assistance, clothing closet, marketplace for food and personal hygiene items, birthday supplies, back to school and holiday toy shop.


NEAR-Food Shelf

  • Anyone in the community with a need for food is eligible.

Transit Assistance Program

  • Provides a yearlong reduced fare pass on a Go-To card. Bus or train $1 per ride no matter time of day.

My Very Own Bed

  • provide twin size beds to children ages 2-17 who are referred from partner organizations, listed on website. 

Entertainment Resources

Three Rivers Parks

  • Recreation Pass Plus apply online and is good for a year 

  • Recreation Pass Plus is a card that offers free equipment rental, discounts on programs and events, summer camps, gale wood farms products and recreation passes( excluding golf, down hill ski and snowboard) includes archery, swim ponds, dog off leash areas, discounts golf, snow tubing and cross country ski

  • Also include parking passes for snowmobile or boat trailers 

  • Available For families of Hennepin or Scott County experiencing financial difficulties, receive SNAP, MFIP, MA, SSI, GA, DWP, WIC, MN Care, Section 8 and more 


Guthrie Gateway Program

  • Tickets are available to patrons with limited income for $5. Sign up in person or over the phone and is good for a year.

  • To qualify must be 18 and receive on of the following: TANF, MFIP, WIC, SNAP, SSI, MA, GA MN CARE, SECTION 8

  • Up to 4 tickets per show can be purchased by phone or in person

  • Performance dates are posted online Tuesday prior to the first performance of each production 


Penumbra Access Tickets 


History Connects Limited Income Program for Museums

  • Gives you admission to tons of Museums for the following prices: adults $4 FREE for children 17 and under 

  • To qualify must be 18 and receive on of the following: TANF, MFIP, WIC, SNAP, SSI, MA, GA MN CARE, SECTION 8 and free and reduced lunches 

  • Apply in person at the MN Historical Society or on of the included museums present your photo ID and one of the following: EBT card, MA card, Section 8 document, SSI verification, free/reduced school meals approval, GA verification


Childrens Theater Act Pass

  • Provides $5 tickets to shows and theater arts training scholarships up to 80% tuition to audiences traditionally excluded from professional arts experiences due to economic disparities and hardships

  • Eligibility is established using free/reduced lunch household income guidelines as well as other programs 

  • Apply online and is good for two years 

  • Can purchase up to 6 ticket for each performance in Section A or B 


MN Children's Museum

  • All play program gives admission tickets $3 for ages 1-101  children under age 1 free

  • Be prepared to show eligibility which includes EBT card, WIC Proof or free/reduced school lunch program proof

  • Can buy online or in person 


MN Science Museum Adventurer Membership (income based) $15/yearly

  • To qualify must be 18 and receive one of the following: TANF, MFIP, WIC, SNAP, SSI, MA, GA MN CARE, SECTION 8 and free and reduced lunches 

  • Includes 2 members plus dependents under 21, free parking and summer camp discount and early registration 


MN Zoo Free to Explore Program 

  • Receive free entry to the zoo with documentation plus your ID 

  • To qualify you must receive one of the following: TANF, MFIP, SNAP, MFAP, GA, MSA, MN, WIC, FDPIR, MN HEADSTART, RESIDENT DISABLED VETERAN 

  • Does not include $8 parking fee

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