Basic Needs Resources

PTCC recognizes that many students experience challenges outside of the classroom that can increase or create stress and anxiety which can impact academic performance. Challenges may include, but are not limited to; not having access to food, lack of safe and stable housing, lack of childcare, family obligations, physical and mental health, unexpected bills, or lack of access to Wi-Fi and technology. 

PTCC has compiled the list of resources below to help connect students to resources and information in order to reduce challenges and allow them to focus their educational journey.

211 Basic Needs Resource Hub

Pine Technical and Community College and Minnesota State have partnered with United Way 211 to establish a statewide basic needs resource hub. The basic needs resource hub provides Pine Technical and Community College students access to basic needs resources and support available on campus and in the community via phone, text, or chat 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

United Way 211 provides free and confidential health and human services information. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. If you’re looking for information about services available in your community for you or a loved one, they can help. 

Text MNHELP to 898-211(TXT211) or call 211 (toll free at 1-800-543-7709) to speak with one of their highly trained information and referral specialists. Your call is completely confidential, and they have call menus in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Interpreters are also available for any language.

Visit the 211 website to learn more or to explore resources and support that may be available. 

To search the 211 database of basic needs resources online, please visit the student basic needs website.


For more information contact:

Catherine Paro
Student Success Advisor - Basic Needs Support
320.629.4518 (call or text) | |

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