RESOURCES


  • Church for the harvest

    Postpartum Ministry – Lead by Nicole Nortunen under the Women’s Min

    Assisting new moms by meeting practical needs and providing support in the first few months with a new baby.


    Intercessors – Lead by Merilee Retzlaff

    You can send them a prayer request through the Elexio database or by contacting Merilee directly.

  • Counseling

    ALEXANDRIA:

    *Bold indicates faith based counseling available


    Central Lakes Mental Health

    Erica Overshiner
    Alexandria, MN

    320-226-9903


    Lakeland Mental Health
    Alexandria, MN
    320-762-2400
    Outpatient services for children and adults of all ages. Individual and family therapy, psychiatrist assessments, medication management and psychological evaluations. Emergency services are available during business hours.

    Emergency/Crisis Services by calling the center’s crisis services/hotline number at (800) 223-4512


    Lutheran Social Services Counseling and Family Services
    Alexandria, MN
    320-762-5124
    Provides comprehensive mental health services to assist adults, children, and families through significant life transitions. This Rule 29 Mental Health Center offers psychological testing, individual, family, group and couples’ therapy. Specialties include therapy for abuse and trauma, child and adolescent mental illness, and services for clergy and their families. Offers counseling services, employee assistance programs, in- home and family-based services and educational programming.


    Nystrom Counseling 

    Alexandria, MN

    320-460-8028


    One Hope Counseling
    Kathryn Lichty

    Alexandria, MN
    320-808-3070


    Psychological Associates of Alexandria

    Alexandria, MN

    320-762-1762


    Reflections Counseling

    Dr. Melissa Winter, PsyD, LP
    Alexandria, MN

    320-357-0711

    Licensed psychologist, testing, therapy for ages 6+


    Solutions – Behavioral HealthCare Professionals

    Alexandria, MN

    320-762-5411

    Solutions has a full range of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed therapists. An array of services are available, including individual, family, group, and marital therapy, as well as consultation. Solutions provides an array of community-based services for individuals and families including Residential, ARMHS, CTSS, Waivered and Case Management Services. 


    Village Family Services
    Alexandria, MN
    320-762-8851
    VFS is based on the belief that the best place to resolve family problems is within the family’s unit and community.  The Village offers intense in-home family-based therapy and counseling to families who risk out of home placements of at least one child. Typical issues addressed are adolescent conflict, child abuse, neglect, parenting skills, emotional problems and concerns of the parent and child.


    West Central Counseling

    Jeff Cross and Ben Nesbitt
    Alexandria, MN
    320-759-3096


    COUNSELING – MINNESOTA:


    Arden Woods Psychological Services

    New Brighton, MN

    651.482.9361


    Fuller Living Counseling

    Anoka, MN

    763-647-8188


    Family Counseling Center

    Buffalo, MN

    763-682-5420


    COUNSELING: CHRISTIAN AND AVAILABLE REMOTELY

    Life Christian Counseling Network
    301-292-2778


    Faithful and True
    Eden Prairie, MN
    952-746-3880
    Founded by the late Dr. Mark Laaser, Faithful & True has over 30 years of experience in the field of sexual addiction. Faithful & True has helped thousands of men to discover a new life of sobriety, accountability, and sexual health.

    They offer individual counseling, couples counseling, men's support groups, women's support groups, and workshop intensives for men, women, and couples.  Available both in person or online. 


    Cornerstone Christian Counseling

    303-902-3068


    Grace Wellness Center

    724-863-7223


    Lighthouse Network

    Dr. Karl Benzio

    215-630-8846


    Healing Care Ministries

    419-285-6250


    Onsite

    Based out of Cumberland Furnace, TN
    800-341-7432
     


  • West central Minnesota resources

    Travelers Aid

    Alexandria, MN

    320-763-6631


    Love INC

    Alexandria, MN

    320-759-3022
    Assist in meeting the needs of clothing, personal hygiene, shoes and school supplies, Christmas gifts, furniture and household items. Offers life skills training and other resources for residents of Douglas County


    Car Care Program

    Alexandria, MN

    320-460-7911

    Promoting independence and hope, one car at a time.  Can assist in acquiring a vehicle and help with maintenance.


    Elder Network
    320-763-9084

    Central Minnesota Elder Network is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of non-medical programs to support our senior community and caregivers. Our programs are meant to support in times of loneliness and isolation. Please view our Resources page for other sources of support.


    United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties

    320-834-7800

    Provides many PROGRAMS including Food Drops in both Alexandria and Glenwood


    Goodwill

    MiSSION - To eliminate barriers to work and independence.

    OUR SERVICES - We prepare people for work to address labor disparities in Minnesota.


    REACH Program

    320-304-5576

    REACH is a program at Alexandra Area High School for students who are struggling academically for a variety of reasons.


    FOOD ASSISTANCE:


    Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf

    1205 Lake Street

    Alexandria, MN

    320-762-8411


    Stevens County Food Shelf

    Morris, MN

    320-589-7436


    Hearts and Hands Food Shelf

    Glenwood, MN

    320-634-3408


  • Crisis Intervention and Family mentorship

    Safe Families for Children 

    West Central Minnesota

    218-671-3224

    Safe Families for Children (SFFC) hosts vulnerable children and creates extended family-like supports for families facing a crisis through a community of compassionate volunteers to keep children safe and families together.


    Someplace Safe – Domestic Violence
    Alexandria – 320-762-1995

    Glenwood - 320-634-3483

    Morris - 320-589-3208

    A nonprofit agency offering a myriad of services to victims and survivors of crime, families, and communities in a nine-county region in West Central Minnesota.


    They work to assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and other crimes (including; stalking, elder abuse, identity theft, robbery, theft, etc.), as they navigate the social, emotional and economic impacts they face as victims on the path to becoming survivors.


    Life Connections (pregnancy support center)
    320-762-1224

    Life Connections (formerly Birthright) is a parenting resource and pregnancy support center that is open to ANYONE with small children or who is pregnant under “less-than-ideal” circumstances.


    LifeRight (for men dealing with addiction)

    Alexandria – 320-759-3930

    LifeRight Outreach reaches out to those who suffer from addiction. LRO is committed to being the hands and feet of Jesus while searching for the broken, hurting, and contrite hearts, LRO helps men who have lost their way and rebuilds lives that are hurting and broken with a goal to make it back home.


    Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

    612-373-3366

    Provides outpatient counseling, licensed treatment and long-term recovery for youth and adults struggling with addiction. They have locations throughout Minnesota with a variety of programs to reach diverse situations.


  • Support Groups

    Celebrate Recovery

    Celebrate recovery is a biblically balanced approach to help bring sustainable recovery and healing to our hurts. It guides us toward new healthy truths and life-giving habits as we repair our broken relationships. Join more than 7 million hurting people across the globe who now walk in freedom through the power of Jesus Christ as we walk through the 8 principles of celebrate recovery based on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.


    Alexandria Treehouse – Young Adults

    320-304-5576

    Treehouse is a support group for young adults ages 18-24.  Meetings are held every Monday from 6-8 pm.  A meal is provided.  Treehouse provides a safe environment, guidance and practical skills in making better choices today to live as healthy a life as possible.  Core Treehouse beliefs: you are lovable, capable, worthwhile, and loved without strings. They meet at 3888 Pioneer Road – Northstar Christina Academy Building (next to Alexandria Area High School)


    Grief Share – Alexandria
    A 13-week Christian based program where people learn to walk the journey of grief and be supported.  It is a place where grieving people find healing and hope.  Three key elements to each meeting include a video seminar, group discussion and personal workbook.

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
    The purpose of all AA group meetings is for AA members to share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism.


    Al-Anon Meetings

    Al-Anon is a mutual support group of peers who share their experience in applying the Al-Anon principles to problems related to the effects of a problem drinker in their lives.


    Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

    NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs.


  • EMPLOYMENT

    Rural Minnesota CEP (Concentrated Employment Program)

    320-391-9262

    We exist to assist people, employers and communities achieve success in meeting their economic goals. Our experienced staff provides multiple services to job seekers and employers, whether it’s a high school youth learning to navigate the job seeking system for the first time or person dislocated from a long time job needing to refresh skills in order to re-enter employment. We provide career counseling and direction to people in determining appropriate career paths and the actions needed to achieve their goals. We have developed valuable relationships with the employers in our communities to assist us in developing the work skills of our clients. We are able to focus on the needs of the job seekers, employers and grow our workforce skills that in turn strengthen our communities.


    Career Force Alexandria

    As a collaborative group of private, public and nonprofit partners, we offer an impressive range of innovative services, including one-on-one guidance, training, networking, labor market information and much more. We are a rich resource for anyone, from any walk of life, at any career or recruitment stage.


  • HOUSING

    Hope Haven (run by United Way)

    320-834-7800


    Provides shelter to those experiencing homelessness through local church partners and provides supportive services/connections to local nonprofits who can help. United Way partners with West Central Minnesota Communities Actions to carry out this program. 


    Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP)

    651.296.7608

    An emergency program that services singles and families that are homeless or nearly homeless.  Can pay for deposit, rent, mortgage and or utilities: short to mid-term case management. 


    Home Help MN

    800-388-3226

    Housing assistance in Douglas County. Government funded program (Section 8), that provides rental assistance to eligible seniors, singles, families and persons with disabilities to secure affordable housing. 


    HRA Housing Douglas County

    320-762-3849

    Housing assistance in Douglas County. Government funded program (Section 8), that provides rental assistance to eligible seniors, singles, families and persons with disabilities to secure affordable housing. 


    Energy Assistance – West Central Minnesota Community Action (WCMCA)

    800-492-4805

    Energy Assistance, crisis and energy related repair programs are available to eligible clients in Douglas County. Assistance is determined by the number of individuals that live in the home, the type of fuel used, the cost of the previous year, and household income received in the (3) previous months to when application is submitted.  


    Salvation Army Northern Division

    651-746-3410

    They assist in providing housing.


  • LEGAL SERVICES

    Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM)

    800-450-8585

    Provides legal advice/services without charge to qualifying persons in Douglas County, and surrounding areas. 
    Eligibility: low income or age 60.

  • MENTAL ILLNESS SUPPORT

    Dragonfly Mental Wellness Foundation

    320-304-5576

    The Dragonfly Mental Wellness Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, serving, and supporting those touched by mental illness.


    THRIVE Behavioral Network | Milestones

    Alexandria, MN

    320-763-3466

    Milestones is an Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) program.  It includes time-limited residential services to individuals who are in need of a structured setting. IRTS are designed to develop and enhance psychiatric stability, personal and emotional adjustment, self-sufficiency, and the necessary skills to live in a more independent setting


    Vikingland Community Support System

    Adult Rehabilitation Mental Health Services (ARMHS) – individual or group setting services for adults with a mental illness diagnosis: Basic living and social service skills such as resource utilization, budgeting, healthy lifestyle, cooking, transportation utilization, supported employment services plus more; community intervention which may minimize the risk of hospitalization or other more restrictive living arrangements and medication education provided by a registered nurse. 


    Productive Alternatives INC., Individual Placement and Support (IPA) 

    320-762-2015
    Employment specialists meet with client’s mental health professionals and family members with permission to determine each person’s strengths and assist in identify in employment goals.  Job searches begin soon after a person expresses interest in working.


  • MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RESOURCES

    Website full of resources:

    Books:

    • Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud
    • Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
    • The Five Love Languages by Gary Thomas
    • For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn
    • For Men Only by Shaunti Feldhahn
    • His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage by Willard Harley
    • The Story of Marriage by John and Lisa Bevere
    • The Seven Desires by Mark and Debra Laaser
    • By Jimmy Evans:
      • 21 Days of Inner Healing 
      • Marriage on the Rock
      • The Four Laws of Love
      • Strength Based


    Podcasts:

    • The Naked Marriage with Dave and Ashley Willis


    Retreats:

    Rome, Georgia

    706-770-1921

    As a Christ-centered ministry, the sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, which is core to everything we do. WinShape Marriage creates experiences that help husbands and wives grow closer to each other and to the Lord. Whether you’re feeling disconnected or fully present, our goal is to bring you and your spouse a renewed sense of connection. Refresh and reconnect from the moment you arrive and enjoy intentional time to focus on each other. By combining Bible-based teachings with unforgettable experiences, we want you to embrace the journey of marriage.


    Austin, Texas and Rome, Georgia

    512-492-6200

    This Relational Care Intensive retreat for married couples is a four-day therapeutic program that offers a structured, focused opportunity for deeper healing. As a couple, you will find growth and freedom from dysfunctional patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving as you experience healthy alternatives within a caring, connected group. 


  • STAFF AND LEAD TEAM PERSONAL RESOURCES

    *Books, Podcasts, Curriculums, Studies

    Books:

    • Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud
    • Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud


    Podcasts:


    Studies:



    Assessments:

  • CHRISTIAN COLLEGES

    College of the Ozarks
    The mission of College of the Ozarks is to provide the advantages of a Christian education for youth of both sexes especially those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to procure such training. 


    The vision of College of the Ozarks is to develop citizens of Christlike character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic. 


    Hillsdale
    Hillsdale College is a small, Christian, classical liberal arts college in southern Michigan that operates independently of government funding. Our students represent each of the fifty states and more than a dozen foreign countries, and drawn to the challenge of a Hillsdale education, they grow in heart and mind by studying timeless truths in a supportive community dedicated to the highest things.


    The King's University

    The King’s University (TKU) is an accredited, Spirit-empowered, evangelical university located in Southlake, Texas. TKU offers students a complete educational experience by combining higher education with practical ministry experience within dynamic local churches. This complete educational experience prepares and equips students to serve in the local church, the marketplace and around the world.

  • BIBLE COLLEGES

    Highlands College

    Birmingham, Alabama

    Combining a rigorous academic curriculum with practical, hands-on ministry training working alongside today’s church leaders, Highlands College prepares students to become the leaders of tomorrow by training students holistically in academic instruction, character formation, ministry training, and spiritual development. More than a traditional Bible college, Highlands College offers tailored concentrations in a variety of ministry interests so students can discover their unique calling and graduate educated, qualified, and confident in their ability to lead a life of eternal impact.


    Christ for the Nations

    Dallas, Texas

    Christ For The Nations Institute offers extensive training in many areas of ministry. We believe that a Christian must possess a foundation cemented in Scriptural truths, a personal mission to see the lost saved and empowered as well as a desire to worship God in all areas of life. Whether you are called to lead God’s people into worship, serve on the mission field or preach to the masses, CFNI provides practical training that will remain with you for the duration of your life and ministry.


    Charis Bible College
    In a world full of lies and distractions, many Christians struggle to find, follow, and fulfill their God-given purpose. Confusion from false religion and past hardships prevents us from knowing God and who He created us to be. Are you ready for a change in your life?

    At Charis Bible College, we guide you into discovering your purpose by immersing you in the Word of God. Receive transformational knowledge as you cultivate a vibrant, personal relationship with Jesus. It is the knowledge and experience of His love that will change you and the world around you.