Resources & PBYR Partners

Beyond The Yellow Ribbon



Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is committed to support service members, veterans and their families.  Please contact PBYR by email at  or telephone (612-293-8211) when confidential assistance is needed with:

  • Locating healthcare resources
  • Social service resources
  • Assistance with home maintenance & repairs
  • Car maintenance & repairs
  • Emergency childcare needs
  • Other

Join Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon mailing list (email: ).


Important Links For Resources

PBYR Partners

For information how to secure all benefits for your service please contact:

 Jeremy Wolfsteller

  • Service Officer & Heroes to Hometowns Coordinator/OCW
  •  The American Legion
  •  Department of Minnesota
  •  Email:
  •  Telephone 612-467-3849


Family Assistance Centers (FAC) – What are FAC’s and what do they do?

FAC Locations and Contacts October 2018  (Updated 10/19/2018)

FAC Newsletter- February 2019


Several changes for MN BYR contacts: (February 2018)

**Cpt. Gades is the new head of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon for MN. He has taken over for Annette Kuyper and can be reached at 651-282-4284 or 651-248-2912 (

**Tiffany Kovaleski has taken the place of Danelle Bybee and will be working with Cpt Gades as a contractor. Her contact information is 612-227-2381 (


Military Family Assistance Specialists

Cory Boogaard

  • MN National Guard Readiness Center
  • 1536 Ben Franklin Dr
  • Arden Hills, MN 55112
  • Office: 651-282-4055
  • Mobile: 612-382-4181
  • E-Mail:    Cory


Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MAC-V) – Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been assisting veterans for over 25 years. Each year MACV receives more than 25,000 contacts, inquiries, and requests from veterans across the state.

  • MACV Metro
  • 2700 E. Lake Street, Suite 3350
  • Minneapolis, MN 55406
  • 612-726-1327 (Main)
  • 612-200-9156 (Fax)


  • MACV Mankato
  • 12 Civic Center Plaza
  • Suite 2090
  • Mankato, MN  56001
  • 507-345-8258


  • MACV Duluth
  • 101 W 2nd Street
  • Duluth, MN  55802
  • 218-722-8763


Additional information and updated resources are available from the following link to the Minnesota BYR website.



Hennepin County Veterans Service Office

Sarah McGinty —

  • Government Center/SE First Level, 300 South Sixth Street,
  • Minneapolis, MN 55487-0013
  • 612-348-3300


Resources for Educators  and Parents


Bullying Prevention Awareness.PDF


Children’s Mental Health Fact Sheets

Parents, educators and other organizations turn to us for clear descriptions of children’s mental health disorders. Now you have access to our newly-updated fact sheets straight from our newest edition of An Educator’s Guide to Children’s Mental Health!

The fact sheets provide a clear and concise description of 14 mental health disorders that may occur in children during the school-age years. They list the most common symptoms and behaviors associated with the disorders, describe the educational implications, and provide educators with suggestions for effective instructional strategies and classroom accommodations.

Each disorder is available for individual download or download the complete set:


  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorder
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Tourette’s Syndrome


Yellow Ribbon Readiness Services (YRRS) – Mental Health Practitioners:

  • Brittany Burquoi, Ph.D, MSW, LICSW, Director of Psychological Health (Army) 651 282 4029 Email
  • Mary Gales-Wenz, MSW, LICSW, Director of Psychological Health (Army) 651 282 4029 Email:
  • Mary Mattson, LICSW, DBTC, Director of Psychological Health (Air) 612 713 2099Email:
  • William Maloney, MSW, LICSW, Director of Psychological Health (Air) 218 788 7022 Email:


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon – National Site


Aging and Disability – Hennepin County



Alcoholism Anonymous



Assisted Living 

Veterans Assisted Living Assessment and Benefits 



Caring 4 Our Kids.  We’re families of persons with autism building a site as a resource for those with autism and their families. A Resource for Parents of Kids with ASD, CFS, or Fibromyalgia.

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
Sensory Processing Resources
Estate Planning for Special Needs Kids


Auto Repair

Please see “Car Repair”


Bridge to Benefits



Buying or selling a home – Heroes Home Advantage

Heroes Home Advantage poster

Heroes Home Advanatge side 1

Heroes Home Advantage side 2


Car Repair


Please know that you can refer participants that live in the Hopkins, Minnetonka, Shorewood, Deephaven, Woodland, Shorewood and Excelsior communities to ResourceWest for car repair if they need to get to work or medical appointments.  We work with participants to understand what their financial situation is, and how to best get their car fixed.  ResourceWest has funding to pay for car repair so people can keep their job or gain employment.  We also connect people to credit counselors after their car repair to help work on credit repair striving towards greater financial health.

As you are working and meeting with participants that would be interested in our car repair program, have them call the ResourceWest office at 952-933-3860 to talk to a staff member.  Or if you want to know more, please email Kirsten at or Jamal at


Child, Youth & School Services and Family Programs (Advocating for Military Children)

The National Guard Bureau Child & Youth Program, which exists to advocate on behalf of all National Guard children and youth, recently developed a resource to assist parents in communicating the unique strengths and challenges of National Guard children.

Because the Child & Youth Program recognizes the important role educators play in enhancing the resilience of military youth, this resource is also available to teachers, principals and counselors – perfect for back-to-school time!

Download the Youth & Family Program’s Advocating for Military Children []

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Childcare Needs and Assistance


Children’s Dental Services (CDS)

CDS MISSION:  Since 1919, Children’s Dental Services (CDS) is dedicated to improving the oral health of children from families with low incomes by providing accessible treatment and education to our diverse community.

PBYR – 2016 CDS


Chiropractic Care   —  Patriot Project flyer 2016

FREE Chiropractic Adjustments – first Tuesday of every month


Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County

For more information on the agency and our programs, or to download agency brochures please visit or call 952-933-9639.

To request copies of our program brochures, please contact .

For a complete list of locations, please visit .

For additional information please see the PDF below.



COVID-19 Resources


Crisis Connection



Crisis text line



Dental Treatment for Veterans – FREE

Shamblott Family Dentistry, A Minneapolis area family dental office run by Dr.Scott Shamblott, D.D.S., has created an event to lend ahand to honor area veterans. Free dental services will be provided to up to 15 veterans in need of dental services. This is the first year of the event, with hopefully, many more to come. Parkside Dental is also participating in Operation Open Wide in 2017.

Operation Open Wide 2016

Operation Open Wide 2017

Shamblott Family Dentistry
33 – 10th Ave S.  Suite 250
Hopkins, MN  55343

Parkside Dentistry
825 S. 8th Street – Suite 1216
Minneapolis, MN  55404


Deployment Assistance

2018 FAC Newsletter- March.pdf


Disability Linkage Line



Durable Medical EquipmentDVA Donor Connect Program

Free Durable Medical Equipment is Available!!

Donated durable medical equipment, e.g., wheel chairs, walkers etc is available at no charge if people need to use this equipment. The Heinzen-Ditter VFW has stored durable medical equipment as a result of their work with the Gerry Dykoff Loan Shelf program (telephone 612 865-0247). Jim Heimerl at the VFW can also be contacted at (763) 478-2077. This equipment will certainly assist service members, veterans and their families when need arises.

DAV Donor Connect updated weekly listing 12.5.17


Energy Assistance Programs

Energy Assistance PY 2017 2018 Flyer.pdf

CAP-HC Energy Asisstance.pdf



Energy Assistance ProgramsSalvation Army HeatShare program

HeatShare is a Salvation Army program that provides emergency utility assistance for people with no place left to turn. The program is funded in part by Salvation Army donors and customers of local utility companies. Funds are typically used to pay for natural gas, oil, propane and electricity.

HeatShare is offered at most Salvation Army operation centers in Minnesota. In communities where HeatShare funding isn’t available, other Salvation Army partners may have resources. Call 1-800-842-7279 to get assistance in your area.


ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) Links:


Fare for All

Fare For All is a great way to save money on quality, nutritious food. We buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and frozen meat in bulk to save you up to 40% off grocery store prices. We select the best food from our shipments, pre-packaging it to give you the greatest deals. Fare For All is community supported and open to everyone. The more people who participate, the better.


Financial Counselor

  • Personal Financial Counselor available for Military members and their Families
  • Metro Area, but is able to travel within a 50 mile radius
  • Contact Craig Hovland, AFC(r) Personal Financial Counselor at (612)-297-0295 or by email at


Financial Counselor for Military and their Families

WHO: Military and their families
WHAT: Making Financial Decision
WHEN: Based on Appointment
WHERE: Multiple Locations
WHY: No cost Services
HOW: Contact one of the PFCs on the attached list
POC: 612.397.0295, 612.297.2826; 612.352.8504


Financial Planning Resources: or 612-750-5237 to identify a local resource.


FAC Newsletter- February 2019


Foster Care:

Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota – Website

LSS Therapeutic Foster Care booklet.pdf


Grants & Financial Information

Veteran’s Children Grant Opportunity

The Temporary Financial Assistance program awards cash grants to minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion memberships. These grants help families meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities, and health expenses, thereby keeping the child or children in a more stable environment.

Who: Veteran’s Children, up to 17 years old.  Children 18-20 may be considered if a current disability requires special schooling. (Currently serving veterans are eligible for Legion membership)

Where: American Legion TFA – Website

When: Currently Available

Questions? Please contact: Moriah Legvold – Child and Youth Program Coordinator – or call 651.268.8378


Grants and Scholarships

Listing of some resources available to our military members, their spouses, and children to help with the financial aid process.

Grant & Scholarship options pdf


Home Depot Orange Honors Military Spouse Scholarship contest – June 7 to July 12, 2017

Home Depot Orange Honors 2017.PDF


Wells Fargo & Company has committed $2 million over the next four years to Scholarship America to develop and implement the Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program and the Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program. The needs-based scholarships and grants will help veterans and spouses of disabled veterans obtain education or training necessary to successfully integrate back into civilian life.

Scholarship America, the nation’s largest provider of post-secondary educational assistance programs, and Wells Fargo worked together on the application and selection process for the scholarship and emergency grants, using best practices of the highest quality post-secondary educational aid programs.

For additional information on the Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program you can visit .

.For additional information on the Wells Fargo Emergency Grant Program you can visit


GreenCare & SnowCare for Troops – Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops and SnowCare for Troops programs provide complimentary lawn and landscape services, and snow and ice removal services for the families of currently deployed military personnel, and post 9/11 disabled veterans with a service-connected disability.

or call 877-758-4835


Hamel/Plymouth Heinzen –Ditter VFW Post #5903

  • 19020 Hamel Rd,
  • Plymouth, MN 55446
  • 763-478-2077


Health insurance & Dental program – Tricare &


ID Cards (Department of Defense)

Information about DOD Identification cards


Interfaith  Outreach & Community Partners



Mental Health Emergencies

Hennepin County mobile crisis teams

Adults, 18 and older
COPE — 612-596-1223

Children, ages 17 and younger
Child Crisis — 612-348-2233


Mental Health Resources

From Exclusionary to Restorative: An Intentional, Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Interrupting Racial Disparities, Reducing Violence, Strengthening Communities, & Accelerating Student Learning

Engaging Adolescents with Serious Mental Health Conditions in Treatment Planning: Findings from a Randomized Study of Achieve My Plan

Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Services & Supports through Systems of Care (SAMHSA)

Resource Guide to Trauma-Informed Services (ACF) -The guide is intended to provide an introduction to the topic of trauma, a discussion of why understanding & addressing trauma is important for human services programs, & a “road map” to find relevant resources.   

Two Generations, One Future: Moving Parents & Children Beyond Poverty Together

Two Open Windows: Infant & Parent Neurobiologic Change

Child Trends Blog


Military Discounts

15 Military Discounts ONLY Veteran, Retired And Active Duty Members Are Entitled To

List-of-Military-Discounts Brads Deals.pdf (200+ stores and services offering military discounts)

Home Depot

Lowe’s expands and changes its military discount

Minnesota Hunting/Fishing discounts for military members

Minnesota Twins baseball tickets

National Parks and Federal Recreations Lands Annual Passes Free for Active Duty Military Members and their Families

Resorts and Theme Park discounts listed through


Military Education :


Military Home Front:


MilitaryOne Source:

Know any service members that are looking for a financial educational opportunity…look no further then Military OneSource’s (MyTraining Hub).

These financial courses are offered on MyTraining Hub absolutely free! Go to , login/create a login and go to the Looking for this carousel and click on MyTraining Hub. Please also see Tax Preparation Service – Free


Minnesota National Guard:


National Association of Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies:


National Guard Family Programs:


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800 273-8255


Operation Military Kids & Speak Out for Military Kids:


Pain Free Patriots

Pain Free Patriots changes lives by providing medical grants for elective treatment to help relieve chronic pain for military Veterans.

Contact our Veteran Advocate Chris Barber at 952-746-3174 or


Parent Catalyst Leadership Group (PCLG)

Parent Catalyst Leadership Group website

Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative – Many families gain hope and knowledge when they feel connected with other families who are experiencing some of the same challenges. What can I do? Join a support group.

Margaret Sullivan

Coordinator, Parent Catalyst Leadership Group

Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative



Parenting with a Good Heart (Online Course)

Join author and researcher Jean Illsley Clarke, parent educator Lisa Krause, and a multidisciplinary team of University of Minnesota Extension educators in an exploration of overindulgence and how you can avoid it with children.

Parenting with a Good Heart Course_09.15.2017 .pdf


Plumbing 10% Military Discount-free furnace inspection






New Offers from the Excel Energy Center  (Sept. 2018)



We have received a plentitude of calls recently about ramps. I would like to find out if there are any contacts for ramps you may know of (businesses/charities ext.) The ramp requests I have received range from a veteran recently becoming an amputee and requiring a ramp for 4 steps into his home and another request for a veteran in his 90s who fell while attempting to carry his wife down the exterior steps of their home because she cannot walk up and down the stairs on her own. I know a few DAV Chapters have notified me they were installing ramps for veterans or had supplied funds for the building of a ramp as service projects- There has to be more we can do to assist veterans needing ramps to allow them to stay in their homes and we cannot expect DAV Chapters to purchase ramps to fill every need.

DAV Donor Connect updated weekly listing 12.5.17



Who: For All Students
What: Free SAT & ACT Prep Programs (student fees applies**)
Why: The eKnowledge SAT & ACT Donation Project provides Free SAT & ACT prep for all students. Get the SAT and ACT scores you need using our preparation tools.
How: Order Now!

**A student Fee of $17.55 or $19.99 may apply.


School Shootings

Resources to help children in the wake of a school shooting


Self- Care

FAC Newsletter- January 2019


Senior Assistance

A resource that may be available would be a special needs grant available through his/her County Veterans Service Officer. Depending on the Veterans status of her/his Spouse they may be able to assist her:

Hennepin County CVSO Office: 612-348-3300

New Hope Church also has a Senior program as well as an assistance program that may be able to help with this request:

New Hope Church
4225 Gettysburg Ave N, New Hope, MN US 55428

Attached also please see assistance/programming available through Hennepin County for Seniors.

Hennepin County Alternative Care program.pdf.


Senior Services

Senior Extended Care Options: housing and medical services –



Soldier & Family Toolkit – 1/34 Armored Brigade Combat Team (Volume 28, July 2015)

View and download 14 pages of valuable information at JULY 2015 SFTK


Stress (Teen)

Change to Chill is here to help you figure out what stress is, what causes it and how you can manage it.


Talk With a Peer 

  • Who: BeThere Peer Support Call and Outreach Center.
  • What: Call and speak to a Veteran or military spouse when you need to:
  • Talk to someone who shares your military experience
  • Connect to resources
  • Get support in any area of life
  • Peer specialists support you after your call with follow-up for as long as
    you want it.
  • Where/How: Chat:
    Text: 480-360-6188
    Call : 844-357-PEER (7337)




Tax Help FREE or REDUCED to military members

FAC Newsletter- February 2018


Tax Help to Vets – $50 fee

Jennifer Knutson is the wife of a wounded  vet and has worked previously for Equifax Credit, US Bank and GMAC Home Refinance group. If you need help with your Taxes, please email to Jennifer at .


Tax Preparation Service – Free

Military OneSource’s tax link for free tax services will be available starting: January 16th 2017.For more information visit .                                                  mos tax service 2017.pdf

. Available Again!

Effective August 1, 2015, traditional drilling/part-time National Guard and Reserve service members and their dependents are again eligible to use the for U.S. Military Families program at no cost through continued funding by the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.If you are a first-time student, you may create an account by going to  , clicking the blue button that corresponds to your family’s branch of service (Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps), confirming your eligibility and following the account setup instructions.

POC: If you have any questions, please email


Veterans Linkage Line:

1888-Linkvet (546-5838)


Vet Talk-24 hour Veteran Peer Support & Resources
Telephone 1 855 838 VET TALK
(1 855 838 8255)


Walk-in Counseling Center



Women Veterans

Center for Women Veterans