Grand Forks

To find out about key benefits and services in Grand Forks and how to apply, select from the topics below.

Refugee & Newcomer Health

A refugee medical screening (also known as a health assessment) is a special medical appointment for refugees and newcomers resettling in the U.S. It is an important first step in receiving medical care in the U.S. It is a comprehensive physical examination of all family members and an opportunity to identify any physical and mental health concerns that could prevent you from employment, attending school, gaining economic self-sufficiency, and integration.

Accessing Health Care

  • North Dakota Refugee Health Programs

1. Spectra Health: Federally Qualified Health Care Center

Spectra Health is a contracted refugee health partner. It is a federally funded health center that serve medically underserved areas and populations. Federally qualified health centers provide primary care services regardless of your ability to pay. Services are provided on a sliding scale fee based on your ability to pay.

Phone: 701-757-2100

2. Global Friends Coalition

Provides medical and mental health navigation, in addition to offering an orientation to the U.S. healthcare system.

Phone: 701-746-8233

Medicaid is a program that helps pay for medical services for qualifying low-income adults, children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with disabilities.

  • Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA)

RMA provides short-term medical coverage for up to 12 months from the date of arrival to the U.S., and it is available to ORR-eligible populations who are ineligible for Medicaid, usually due to earned income. The benefits are generally similar to Medicaid.

Contact ND State Refugee Health Coordinator

Health Insurance Navigator can help answer questions related to Medicaid programs or health care coverage purchased through the marketplace. It helps break down some of the enrollment barriers by making the process easier and providing better access to essential healthcare.

Phone: 701-858-3467


The social service team helps navigate community agencies, referral programs, and support services.

Phone: 701-757-2100

The Health Insurance Marketplace® (also known as the “Marketplace” or “exchange”) lets you compare health insurance plan options from various companies and complete an application for health care coverage. Most people use the Marketplace when they don’t have coverage through a job or if the plan their company offers is too expensive.

Serves as the local public health unit.

Phone: 701-787-8100

Use this directory to find a primary care provider who participates in the North Dakota Medicaid program. The directory indicated whether the doctor is accepting new Medicaid patients, as well as the provider’s cultural and linguistic capabilities.

Persons with Disabilities

Provides training and employment services to individuals with disabilities so they can become and remain employed.

Phone: 701-328-8950

Developmental Disabilities provides support and training to individuals and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency; to prevent institutionalization; and to enable institutionalized individuals to return to the community.

Phone: 701-795-3000

NDAD assists individuals with disabilities in the state of North Dakota.

Phone: 701-281-8215

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Community Options assists people to live and work in the community of their choice.

Phone: 701-223-2417


SOR program increases integration and independent healthy living for older ORR-eligible populations.

Phone: 701-895-4529

Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older.

Call 1-800-633-4227

ADRL connects people to services to help them maintain or improve quality of life.

Phone: 1-855-462-5465

The Social Security program in the United States provides protection against the loss of earnings due to retirement, death, or disability.

Programs and services that support older adults and adults with physical disabilities to live independently in their own homes and communities if they choose.

Grand Forks Senior Center provides resources and support designed to help older adults remain independent in their homes and provide opportunities to live to their full potential.

Phone: 701-772-7245

Children's Health

Provides programs such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops, and sports clinics that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.

Send an email

Phone: 701-780-1489

Provides support to ensure that all children have access to a medical home, adequate insurance coverage for needed medical services, and access to transition services (when the child changes from pediatric to adult health care).

Send an email

Phone: 701-328-2436

Provides developmental assessments and evaluations at no cost to families.

Phone: 701-795-3000

Health insurance program for children.

Phone: 1-866-614-6005

The Department of Health and Human Services supports a range of children’s mental health services across the state, from prevention to crisis response, school programs to treatment.

Mental Health

The Mental Health Program Directory provides a single place to search for mental health services that meet individuals’ needs.

  • 24-Hour Behavioral Health Crisis Help

Call 988 for immediate help 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Walk-in Behavioral Health Assessments

Supports individuals in their time of need.

Phone: 701-328-8888

The Village Family Service Center provides behavioral health and other community-based services.

Phone: 701-451-4900

Provides community-based behavioral health services designed to assist individuals through the provision of care coordination and peer support.

  • Global Friends Coalition

Provides medical and mental health navigation, in addition to offering an orientation to the U.S. healthcare system.

Phone: 701-746-8233

Dental Care

It specializes in general dentistry, including preventive, restorative, and child screenings. It accepts most insurances, including Medicaid. The SpectraPlan is available to those who qualify.

Phone: 701-757-2100

Cash & Food Assistance

Cash assistance available to residents who enter the U.S. under humanitarian protection with low incomes.

For more information, contact the local resettlement office by email or by phone at 701-409-3750.

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency.

Federal nutrition program

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition to low-income women who are pregnant or families that have children aged birth to five.

A program that provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits. SSI payments are also made to people aged 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial qualifications.

Find Housing

Works to provide safe, affordable housing for all residents of Grand Forks County. Programs and services include the Housing Choice Voucher Program, project-based apartment complexes, family self-sufficiency program, and Housing First.

Send an email

Phone: 701-746-2545

Assistance with Housing Costs

Helps residents maintain housing stability.

Call 211 (24/7) to speak to a Community Resource Specialist.

Services and programs available include rent and utility assistance and emergency disaster services.

Send an email

Phone: 701-775-2597

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible families with home heating and weatherization costs. The program partially pays the cost of natural gas, electricity, propane, fuel oil, coal, wood, or other fuel sources.

Send an email

Call 1-866-614-6005 or 701-328-1000; 711 (TTY)

Housing Counseling

  • HUD Housing Counseling

HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country to provide free or low-cost advice.

Phone: 800-569-4287

Find a housing counseling agency near you


Global Friends Coalition

Send an email

Phone: 701-746-8233

Address: 1815 Demers Avenue, Grand Forks, ND, 58201


Trained career navigators and case managers will work directly with employers and individuals to meet local workforce challenges. Support to individuals includes skill assessments, training and skill development, job certification and licensing help, job placement guidance, resumes, and interview coaching.

Send an email

Phone: 701-239-7307


  • Driver and Vehicle Services

Information and resources about obtaining a driver’s license or state ID.

Phone: 1-855-633-6835

Address: 1951 N. Washington Street Grand Forks, ND 58203

  • Social Security Administration (SSA) Directory

Provides Social Security Numbers and administer retirement, disability, survivor, and family benefits, and enroll individuals in Medicare.

Phone: 1-800-772-1213

Address: 402 Demers Avenue, Suite #300 Grand Forks, ND 58201


Offers in-person English Language Learning classes, GED program, and digital literacy classes. In-person case management support is also available from Community Connectors via refugee services.

Send an email

Phone: 701-795-2777

Offers adult English classes that involve reading and discussing the news with the Easy English newspaper.

Classes: Sundays from 3-4pm at 2314 Library Cir, Grand Forks, ND 58201

Send an email

Phone: 701-885-1669

  • EnGen Virtual Learning

Self-paced English Language Learning that teaches the vocabulary required for specific jobs. Rural refugee arrivals can also participate in live virtual classes.

Send an email

Phone: 701-934-0692

Offers weekly English class on Mondays from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. at the United Lutheran Church, located at 324 Chestnut St. No pre-registration is required and children and welcome to join with parents. 

Offers an Intermediate Current Events Class on Wednesdays from 5-6pm, held virtually on Zoom.  Please email or call to request the Zoom link.

Phone: 701-746-8233

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Classes currently offered include ESL at various levels, Math Foundations, Pre & GED Math, Reading & Language Arts, Reading for Citizenship, and Digital Literacy. Both in-person and virtual classes are available.

Phone: 218-793-2380

Send an email

Child Care

Use the free online search tool to locate a program that meets your needs.

For one-on-one help, contact a Child Care Aware® Parent Services Specialist by phone at 800-997-8515.

Send an email

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps pay a portion of the cost of childcare for working families, or families in training or education programs.

Send an email

Phone: 701-328-2332

Early Childhood Education

The Head Start Program and Early Head Start Programs provide comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. Programs include preschool for ages 3-5 and early childhood education for ages 0-3.

Send an email

Phone: 701-746-2433

The library offers a variety of education programs and story times for babies, toddlers, and preschool youth. The library also provides monthly family activities.

Phone: 701-772-8116

4-H provides hands-on, real-life experiences through projects, activities, and events. Our program is available to all youth and is offered through 3 clubs within the city of Grand Forks.

Send an email

Phone: 701-780-8229

K-12 Education

Offers a wide variety of youth sport programs throughout the year. Case managers can help families apply for an Every Kid Sports Pass to cover costs up to $150.

Send an email

Phone: 701-746-2750

Programs offered include Robotics and Coding Club and a STEM Kids for elementary youth. The library offers a Teen Zone where students can receive homework help, utilize the gaming station, and participate in Curiosity Club.

Phone: 701-772-8116

The YMCA offers childcare, education, sport, swimming, and leadership opportunities for youth.

Send email

Phone: 701-775-2586

Adult Education

Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals (GGFYP) represents the interests of 20-40 year olds in the area. GGFYP is dedicated to the growth, learning, and development of young professionals within the region.

Welcome Corps

Report cases of fraud (for example, individuals asking for money in exchange for becoming a private sponsor or to assist in submitting an application)

Public Safety

Call 911 in case of emergency

Non-emergency phone number: 701-787-8000

Violence, Human Trafficking, and Exploitation


Delivers vital safety and healing services throughout greater Grand Forks to adults and children experiencing domestic or sexual violence.

Crisis Line: 1-866-746-8900

General Phone:  701-746-0405

  • Red River Valley Community Action

Emergency shelter for women and children

Phone: 701-746-5431

  • U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline


Mental Health

Call 988 for immediate help 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Supports individuals in their time of need.

Phone: 701-328-8888


Global Friends Coalition

Community Connector provides refugees with support, information, guidance, and service coordination so they can reach their full potential, integrate into the community, and make meaningful connections.  They assist clients in accessing educational, health, community-based and specialized services that support the whole family. As a case manager, mentor, and friend, the community connector will meet with clients and their families to identify needs and goals and then work with each household member toward achieving their goals.

Send an email

Phone: 701-746-8233

Address: 1815 Demers Avenue, Grand Forks, ND, 58201

Faith-based Organizations

  • Islamic Center of Grand Forks

Address: 2122 17th Ave S, Grand Forks, ND, 58201

  • East Grand Forks Islamic Center

Phone: 218-773-4020

Address: 1500 5th Ave NE, East Grand Forks, MN, 56721

  • Al-Huda Islamic Center

Phone: 612-458-9074

Address: 1401 Central Ave NW, East Grand Forks, MN, 56721

  • Calvary Community Church of God

Phone: 701-772-5108

Address: 1917 S Washington St, Grand Forks, ND, 58201

Ethnic Community-based Organizations

Services offered include employment support, mental health education, women’s health and well-being education, and youth programs.

Phone: 218-693-1621

Provides English classes, driver’s education, employment preparation, health education, and case management services.

Phone: 612-707-6691

  • United African Community

Provides advocacy for immigrant populations.

Phone: 701-739-8258

Address: 1407 24th Ave S, Ste C, Grand Forks, ND 58201

Offers case management, youth programs, Community Connect, health and medical support.

Phone: 701-410-6482