Basic Needs Resources in Rochester
Find resources at WSU and local organizations in the Rochester area for support with housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, and more.
If you have any questions or need help accessing resources, please contact Karen Stoltz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507.457.5023.
United Way 2-1-1
The United Way 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that can connect you to local resources wherever you live in Minnesota. It’s available 24/7 and ready to help whenever you need it.
Text MNHELP to 898-211 or call 211 (toll free at 1.800.543.7709) to learn about services in your community for you or a loved one.
Your conversation with our trained specialists is completely confidential. Call menus are available in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Interpreters are also available for any language.
Local Emergency Resources
- Rochester Public Safety: 911
- Mayo Clinic Hospital Saint Mary’s Campus Emergency Room: 1216 2nd St SW Rochester, MN
- Olmsted Medical Center Emergency Room: 1650 4th St SE, Rochester, MN
- RCTC Security: 507.280.5050
- Crisis Response for Southeast Minnesota: 1.844.274.7472
- Women’s Shelter & Support Center Crisis Line: 507.285.1010
What Support Do You Need?
The WSU Children’s Center provides early childhood education and child care for students who are also parenting.
There are many local resources, and this list is not exhaustive:
- Child Care at YMCA Early Childhood Learning Centers
- Early Childhood Family Education – Rochester Community Education
- Families First of Minnesota – Parent Resources
- Head Start Program – Families First of Minnesota
- Olmsted County Child & Youth Assistance Programs
- Onward & Upward Program – Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota
- Parent Aware
State Government Programs
Handshake is WSU’s job search tool for on-campus jobs, internships, and even full-time employment.
Students can also take advantage of resources to help with resumé writing, practicing interviews, exploring future careers, and so much more—all for free through WSU Career Services.
Careerforce is a resource hub for job-seekers in Minnesota, offering education and trainings, career guidance, open job listings, a displaced worker program, and more. There is a Careerforce office located in the Heinz Center.
Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid each year to help pay for college.
The North Star Promise Scholarship program provides Minnesota residents a tuition and fee-free pathway to a degree from WSU.
You can also find other scholarships from private businesses and non-profit organizations. The WSU Course Catalog has a list of outside scholarships.
Find Energy offers utility bill assistance to students who struggle to cover their utility expenses.
Learn more about fiscal health with WSU’s money management online resources.
If you need a small loan to help cover unexpected costs, you can get a short-term loan from WSU. Submit your Short-Term Loan Application to the Warrior Hub by 1:30pm for same-day service.
WSU students can also apply for up to $500 in Student Emergency Grant Aid to cover a basic needs concern. Complete the Student Emergency Grant Application, and your requested fund amount will be considered.
Olmsted County coordinates a variety of financial assistance programs for residents. The State of Minnesota also offers the Emergency Assistance for Postsecondary Students (EAPS) Grant Program.
United Way has a program to help you file your taxes for free.
The Hive Supply is a food shelf for students on the RCTC campus. You can stop by once per week during the open hours.
Other local resources include:
- The Channel One Food Shelf
- Rochester Salvation Army
- Community Food Response
- Ruby’s Pantry – Pop-Up Pantry Locations
- OpenTable Food Truck
State Government Programs
WSU Health Services offers clinic services on campus and via telehealth for students who live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Call 507.457.5160 to schedule an appointment.
If you’re looking for affordable health insurance, MNsure is the health insurance marketplace for Minnesotans to compare health plans and find the coverage that fits their needs.
Here are several clinics in Rochester where you and your family can receive affordable care:
Olmsted County has several housing assistance programs including rental assistance, housing choice vouchers, and public housing.
If you’re struggling to pay rent or utility bills, there are programs and organizations that can help:
- State of Minnesota Energy Assistance Program
- Salvation Army Rochester Utility Assistance
- Family Promise Rochester
The State of Minnesota has a variety of resources for students experiencing homelessness.
There are several shelters in the Rochester area:
WSU Student Union & Activities contracts with an attorney in Winona to provide free legal advice to students who are currently enrolled at WSU.
The service is offered throughout the semester, but not during holidays or breaks. If you’d like to connect with the lawyer, email email@example.com.
WSU Counseling Services offers free, confidential counseling to all WSU students. Appointments are offered in-person or via Zoom.
To schedule an appointment, call 507.457.5330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, RCTC Health Services has partnered with Zumbro Valley Health Center to provide mental health services by licensed mental health providers for both RCTC and WSU-Rochester students.
You can schedule appointments online.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – Minnesota
- Mental Health Crisis Response Phone Numbers for Adults
- Mental Health Minnesota – The Voice of Recovery
- Reclaim: Mental Health Support for Queer and Trans Youth Home
National 24/7 Crisis Resources
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
- Call or Text: 988
- En Espanol: 1.888.628.9454
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711, then 988
- Online Chat
Veteran’s Crisis Line
- Call: 988
- Text: 838255
- Online Chat
Steve Fund (Support for BIPOC People)
- Text “STEVE” to 741741
The Trevor Project (Support for LGBTQ People)
- Call: 866.488.7386
- Text: Text “START” to 678678
National Eating Disorders Association
- Call: 800.931.2237
- Text: Text “NEDA” to 741741
- Online Chat
Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)
- Call: 800.656.HOPE (4673)
- Online Chat
All WSU students have access to laptops with the eWarrior Program as well as free Wi-Fi on campus.
If you have any issues with your device or trouble connecting, reach out to WSU Tech Support.
Students can check out a WSU Mobile Hotspot for 24 hours through the WSU Krueger Library. There is no fee, but if you do not return the hotspot within 1 week it is considered “Lost” and you will be billed. The hotspot is available on a first come, first serve basis.
PCs for People may be an affordable option for computer and internet access if you choose not to participate in the eWarrior program.
Government Programs for Internet Access
The WSU-Rochester campus is a regular stop on the Rochester Public Transit bus routes, which makes it easy and convenient for students to use public transportation.
A limited number of free bus passes are available to WSU-Rochester students. To request a pass, email email@example.com or call 507.285.7100.
If you need transportation for non-emergency medical needs, Speedy Van may be an option.