Below is a growing list of resources for parents, caregivers, or anyone looking to support their LGBTQ+ loved one in North Dakota. If you have a resource that you would like to share or think should be on this list please click here.
Resources for Families and Individuals
A FOOD PANTRY is a place for individuals or families to get food assistance in times when they are unable to afford food. Food pantries can offer both shelf stable and perishable food product to clients. The amount of food provided and the frequency in which you can get assistance vary by location. Clients are likely asked to fill out an intake form, which can include name, address, and number of people in household. Click here to find a food pantry near you in the state of North Dakota.
High Plains Fair Housing Center assists people who believe they have experienced discrimination while attempting to rent or purchase housing, provides community education to promote fair housing, and conducts preliminary investigations of potential housing discrimination. Click here to learn more about fair housing regulations in North Dakota or to file a complaint.
FirstLink is a free, confidential service available to anyone 24/7/365 for listening and support, referrals to resources/help, and crisis intervention. FirstLink answers the 211 helpline, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, and communicates via the text line 898-211. FirstLink provides these services across the entire state of North Dakota and parts of Minnesota. Dial 2-1-1 or text your zipcode to 898-211 from anywhere in our service area for confidential help and support.
FirstLink offers the Care and Support Program, a program that receives referrals from hospitals and clinics across North Dakota as well as the 211 Helpline and the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. The program offers informational resources and coping strategies, encourages mental health treatment, and provides non-judgmental listening and support. Calls are offered weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly and work around your schedule.
Click here to find resources with Firstlink.
Mission: Helping ensure all youth have a safe place to belong and be heard.
We are a private, 501(c)3 nonprofit agency with a Board of Directors. The agency was established in 1979 as Mountain Plains Youth Services Coalition and we have been providing direct services since 1986 in Bismarck and 1991 in Fargo. Our offices are located in Bismarck and Fargo and we serve the surrounding counties in both North Dakota and Minnesota. Our focus and expertise is in working with teens, parents and young adults under 22 years of age. Most of the services are free and when there is a charge it is based on a family’s ability to pay.
Our support comes from a variety of sources including units of government (state, city, county, and Federal), foundations, fees, schools, courts, and local fundraising. United Way provides funding for some of Youthworks’ programs in both Bismarck-Mandan and Fargo-Moorhead. Contributions to Youthworks are tax deductible.
In our services directory are programs for runaway, homeless and street youth; juvenile offenders; youth failing in school; youth suspended or expelled from school; young parents and pregnant moms (under 22); youth arrested and unable to immediately return home; youth needing emergency care: youth needing peer support or cross-age mentoring; and youth with anger issues. We provide family counseling during the day and in the evening at the convenience of the parents.
For more information on Youth Works click here.