Community Resources

Addiction Detoxification Assistance
Project Turnabout
660 18th Street- Granite Falls, MN 56241
1220 Birch Street- Marshall, MN 56258
334 South Jefferson Street- Redwood Falls, MN 56283 (Outpatient)
309 7th Street NW- Willmar, MN 56201


Woodland Centers
1209 Pacific Avenue- Benson, MN 56215  


New Life Treatment Center
130 Dakota Street South- Woodstock, MN 56186
   507.777.4321   Fax: 507.777.4284


Child Support
MN Child Support Information Line
   651.431.4340 or 800.657.4400  


Counseling Services
Appleton Area Health
30 South Behl Street- Appleton, MN 56208
   320.289.1580    Fax: 320.289.8538


Lutheran Social Services   
333 Litchfield Avenue SW- Willmar, MN 56201


Woodland Centers               
1209 Pacific Avenue- Benson, MN 56215           
   320.843.2061  or  800.992.1716 (Crisis)


Domestic Violence Advocate
Safe Avenues
PO Box 53- Benson, MN 56215
Shelter Location: 1950 19th Avenue SW- Willmar, MN 56201
   320.842.3206  or  800.792.4210


Employment Assistance
Minnesota Workforce Center
202 North 1st Street- Montevideo, MN 56265


Employment Counseling/Search  
Southwestern MN Private Industry Council


Unemployment Insurance  
   877.898.9090 Informational Line


Food Assistance
Swift County Food Shelf 
640 East Highway 12- Benson, MN 56215
M-F 9am – 12pm & 1:30pm – 4pm


Appleton Satellite Food Shelf
23 East Rooney Avenue-  Appleton, MN
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9am – 12pm, Friday 9am – 12pm


Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Customer Service


Food Shelf, Clothing Center & Energy Assistance
Prairie 5 Community Action
1214 Atlantic Avenue- Benson, MN 56215
   320.842.8565      Fax: 844.273.1975    


Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership
   507.836.1608     Fax: 507.836.8866


General Assistance
Disability Hub                  
Statewide resource network for disabled people.


Provides a variety of assistance that is available in the State of Minnesota.


Health Care Provider Contacts
Don't know if you have Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare coverage? Call the Minnesota Health Care Programs Member Help Desk at 651.431.2670 or 800.657.3739 between 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Blue Plus Customer Service        800.711.9862
UCare Customer Service        800.203.7225


Heat Share/Utility Assistance
Salvation Army


Swift County Housing & Redevelopment Authority (in Swift County Courthouse)
Section 8 (Housing Vouchers For Those With Low-Incomes)
   320.843.4676     Fax: 320.843.4850


Benson Housing Redevelopment Authority
Public Housing (Site Based Housing For Those With Low-Income)


Rental Housing Search (Some Income-Based)


Legal Aid
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
415 SW 7th Street- Willmar, MN
   888.360.3666   or 320.235.9600


Public Schools
Appleton Elementary School     320.289.1114
Benson Schools     320.843.2710
KMS Schools     320.264.1411
Lac qui Parle Valley High School     320.752.4200


Senior Citizen Assistance
Minnesota River Area Agency On Aging


Senior Linkage Line
Free service of the State of MN that connects older Minnesotans & their families with the help they need.


Statewide Self-Help Center
Help topics include criminal expungement, car title problems, divorce, custody or child support, landlord/tenant; conciliation court claims, other legal issues


Social Security Advocacy and SOAR  (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery)
Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc.
Montevideo, MN 56265
   320.269.5561  or  800.422.1346    Fax: 320.269.5696


Social Security Office
Marshall, MN   


Department of Human Services (DHS)


Prairie 5 Rides
City buses for Benson & Appleton


Veteran Services
Veterans Linkage Line           
   888.546.5838    or    800.273.8255 Confidential Crisis Line  


Veterans Service Office (At Courthouse)
Veterans Service Officer: Dave Barrett


Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program
Countryside Public Health Service
201 13th Street South- Benson, MN 56215
  General Information Telephone: 320.843.4546            
WIC Telephone: 320.842.4258            
Toll Free Telephone: 800.244.6026