Basic Needs Resources

Riverland Community College is committed to providing excellent educational opportunities to the communities it serves. We recognize basic needs - including things like food, housing and transportation - can have a direct impact on the well-being and success of our students. To assist our community in meeting these needs, we've compiled the resources below. The information will be revised when appropriate and evolve as necessary.

Advocacy Services will collaborate with campus and community departments, agencies, and individuals to make appropriate referrals and provide information to meet student needs. Some of the support services include:

  • Referral to a Licensed Mental Health Counselor - Riverland has contracted with Independent Management Services or IMS, to provide students access to range of free mental health services.
  • Crisis Management Support
  • Housing and Food Insecurity Support
  • Time Management and Academic Motivation
  • Sexual Violence Advocacy

211 Basic Needs Resource Hub

Riverland and Minnesota State have partnered with United Way 211 to establish a statewide basic needs resource hub. The basic needs resource hub provides Riverland 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.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline https://988lifeline.org/

What is 988? The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) offers 24/7 call, text and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress.

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

Resources

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Contact Information

Penny Rosenthal
Penny Rosenthal, PhD

Director Advocacy Services
507-433-0801

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Rebecca Denaway

Social Worker
507-433-0513(Office)

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Suhai Boyer
Suhai Boyer

Accessibility Services Specialist
507-379-3328(Office)

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Britani Espe

Accessibility Services & PSEO Advisor
507-433-0646 (Office)

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