Resource and Referral Center
“A Place to Connect, a Goal to Empower”
The goal of the MCTC Resource and Referral Center is to connect our currently enrolled students with supportive community networks, resources and opportunities to ease obstacles interfering with their success. The Resource and Referral Center is part of MCTC's Student Support Center, located in T.2300.
Through referrals, direct service and outside agency coordination, our students will gain access, information and support to address specific needs and gain self-sufficiency. We connect students to community and government agencies, healthcare providers and other partner organizations to address their immediate and/or long term needs and goals. Students will gain enhanced knowledge of navigating the systems on and off campus, expanding their network of support.
Community resource fairs and workshops are held throughout the year to explore, expand and strengthen ties to the community and provide important resources for students.
Resources available on campus:
- Food Pantry/grocery distribution: Wednesdays, 12–2 p.m.
- Free snack packs (bag lunch): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
- Walk-in hours (meet with the Resource and Referral staff without an appointment): Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
- Assistance with affordable housing: 4th Thursday of every month
- Assistance with SNAP E&T (Food Support) eligibility applications: For dates and times, please check with the Student Support Center (T.2300)
- Free cell phones for qualified low-income students: Check with the Resource and Referral Center (T.2300)
- Support group for Ex-Offenders/formerly incarcerated students: See Student Support Center page for details
- Emergency transportation assistance
- CCAMPIS Child Care Grant (there may be a waiting list)
- Large lockers for students who are homeless or highly mobile
Referrals provided through the Resource and Referral Center:
- Emergency shelter
- Supportive/transitional housing resources
- Child care resources
- Parenting support
- Low/reduced or free healthcare
- Chemical/mental health programs
- County/state benefits
The Resource and Referral Center serves students who are:
- Homeless or highly mobile
- Living in transitional housing
- Lacking financial resources (no or limited income)
- Facing eviction
- Fleeing domestic violence
- Lacking a family support system
- In need of mental health and/or chemical treatment assessment, programs or support services
- Needing health insurance, have medical issues or need medical assistance
- Facing other emergency situations
- Students in need of other types pf support and advocacy
Resource and Referral Center wish list
Donations can be dropped off at the Resource and Referral Center, which is located in the Student Support Center. Call 612-659-6709 to make drop off arrangements or stop by T.2300.
The following are a few items on our wish list:
- School Supplies (pens, art supplies, markers, USB drives, notebooks, planners, rulers, calculators)
- Alarm clocks with batteries
- Bus card (any amount) or bus tokens
- Durable back packs
- Any snack items (crackers, granola bars, fruit snacks, juices)
- Nut butters, jam or jelly
- Hearty soups, noodles
- Personal hygiene items (shampoo, lotion, soap, conditioner, hand sanitizer)
- Dish detergent and laundry soap
- Toilet paper and paper towels
- Any store gift cards that will allow students to purchase fresh fruits, bread, vegetables and meats
Getting involved and making donations
MCTC students and community volunteers are welcome to volunteer in the Resource and Referral Center. Volunteer opportunities include peer-to-peer advocacy, providing resources and referrals and helping with the distribution of food and other items available in the Resource and Referral Center. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Student Support Center in T.2300 by calling 612-659-6709.
Said Mohamed, Resource and Referral Specialist
Khou Vue, Outreach Coordinator
Location: T.2300 (Student Support Center)