Bruce Vento Family Room

Family Connect

    Dear Bruce Vento Families,

    The support team at Bruce Vento has created a document that consists of resources specifically for the families at Vento.  Our priority is always the well-being of our students. Let these resources be a way for you to navigate discussions with your child about racism and traumatic community events.  We have also included some extra resources for food and household items in the community.

    Vento Support Team

    Vento Family Resources- English

    Vento Family Resources- Karen

    Vento Family Resources- Spanish


    SPPS Student and Family Support

    SPPS Essential Care

    Essential Care Flyer - Click on link for more informaiton regarding essential childcare for first responders and health care staff.   

    Student Health and Wellness

    Gordon Parks High School Health Start clinic will remain open for well-care, nutrition support, mental health support and health education during the school closure. The clinic will provide a space for youth who feel healthy to have their preventive and emotional needs met. Please call for an appointment or walk in for care.  

    We cannot test for the flu or COVID-19 at school sites.

    Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 

    Gordon Parks Health Start Clinic is open to all youth under age 22.  Call Gordon Parks with your questions and to make appointments: 651-793-2234

    SPPS Summer Food Support


    Saint Paul Public Schools is offering weekly home meal delivery to Saint Paul families who are in need of food for their children. Meals are only for kids ages 18 and under, or those with a disability enrolled in a school program.

    Meal delivery will continue this summer and is open to any family in Saint Paul, not just SPPS students.

    If you would like to receive home delivery, you can register online below.

    If you are requesting changes to your delivery or want to update your contact information, please fill out this form.


    Some large apartment complexes have designated pickup locations for meal deliveries. Visit the apartment deliveries page for a full schedule based on your building address.

    July Curbside Pickup




    FRIDAY, JULY 31 (10 a.m.-noon)

    Community Food Resources   

    Salvation Army, 1019 Payne Ave., St. Paul, MN 55130

    Grocery Box

    The Salvation Army is running a food shelf Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests are asked to call (651) 776-2653 to place an order. Staff will call guests by phone when the order is ready for pick up. 

    On Fridays, the Salvation Army will run a food distribution out of the WEST door on Lawson street. Guests are asked to wait 6 feet apart, lined up along the sidewalk. At 1:30 p.m., each guest will be given a box and bag of food rescue items.

    Hot lunches are served daily Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. out of a food truck in the Salvation Army parking lot.   

    Merrick Family Services, 1669 Arcade St. N., Suite 4, St. Paul, MN 55106

    Families can receive an emergency box of food on Monday’s from 3 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

    Neighborhood House Food Support, Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St. E., St. Paul, MN 55107

    The Wellstone Center Food Market will be providing curbside pre-packaged emergency bags. We accept walk-up and drive-up pick-up. Please call 651-789-2534 when you arrive and staff will bring out your groceries.

    If you need delivery, please call 651-789-2534 and let the operator know you would like to order emergency bags for delivery. Neighborhood House will be taking calls for delivery between 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–4 p.m. All calls before 12 p.m. will be guaranteed for next-day delivery. All calls after 12 p.m. will be delivered in two days.


    The YMCA is partnering with Loaves & Fishes and UnitedHealth Group to serve free healthy meals to families in need.  Families may pick up food from Noon – 2pm Monday through Friday at select YMCAs. Meals are currently available at the Y locations listed below. Check the website listed for added locations.

    Locations include:  

    St. Paul Eastside YMCA
    875 Arcade Street 
    Saint Paul, MN 55106




    Financial Assistance Services: All Financial Assistance intake appointments will be completed over the phone. If you need to schedule an appointment or speak with your financial worker please call 651-266-4444. For questions regarding Ramsey County METS Medical Assistance cases, call 651-266-3870. 

    WIC Program: Due to COVID-19, all WIC (Women, Infants and Children) appointments will be completed over the phone. If you are a client with an upcoming appointment, a WIC nutrition educator will call you at your scheduled appointment time. Please call 651-266-1300 if you have questions.


    Mental Health Crisis: Individuals, families and service providers from across the state calling from a cell phone can call one number — **CRISIS (**274747) — and have their call seamlessly forwarded to their county crisis team. **CRISIS will automatically connect to the right county crisis number based on the caller’s location.

    Minnesota Care Partners is offering telehealth options for all services, for those who have insurance. They will continue to accept new referrals and get creative with delivering care.


    Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative Coronavirus Calm

    Online resources:

    o    CDC Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

    o    The Jed Foundation Tips for Self-Care and Managing Stress

    o    The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (English, Spanish, and Chinese versions available).

    o    Child Mind Institute Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus


    YMCA - all programs are continuing as usual, just virtually. Putting a hold on in person programming but doing intakes with youth and providing assistance virtually as much as possible. 

    MDH Coronavirus Site:

    National Healthcare for the Homeless COVID-19 Site:


    If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits, Executive Order of the Governor. This includes any COVID-19 related layoff, including parents having to leave work to do child care. The one week waiting period has been waived.  Apply for benefits online at:

    Karen Organization of MN (KOM) is helping their clients with a language barrier apply for unemployment benefits. 


    Updates Regarding COVID-19

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health are closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).Questions regarding county policies and the county response to COVID-19 can be sent to Ramsey County's COVID-19 Response Team

    Current situation overview

    o    Health officials confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus in Minnesota on March 6, 2020.


    o    Current information on Minnesota cases provided by the Minnesota Department of Health.

    Discrimination Hotline – 833-454-0148

    • Challenging times seem to bring out the extremes.  If you have witnessed or experienced discrimination because of COVID-19, the MN Department of Human Rights wants to hear about it.  Governor Tim Walz launched a new toll-free Discrimination Helplineto reinforce the state’s efforts to protect the civil rights of all Minnesotans. 
    • Call 1-833-454-0148 or complete this online formfor help today.


            Family Connect Carol and Fannie Cooking Class fun Seeds


    Learning at Home:

    See math videos and resources under the learning at home tab.  Resouces are listed by grade level.  

    Learning at Home Handout


    Title l Information:   

    Parent Right to Know All Languages

    Family Engagement Plan 2019-2020

    School Compact 2019-2020

    Vento SCIP

    Vento 19-20 School Report Card



    Family Center Resources :  

    Housing Information 

    Career Navigation and Resources

    Educational Resources for Families

    Information on Adult Education Classes

    Community Connections

    Food Pantry

    Literacy Resources

    Volunteer Opportunities 

    Community Garden Connection


    Phone: 651-744-5779

    Gretchen Ray


    Gardening Coordinator-

    Kirsten Saylor