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Area health care providers partner to provide free, reduced-cost services

The program, Resourceful, helps people find programs and services for food, shelter, health care, work or financial assistance. Community organizations are encouraged to register for Resourceful's directory.

(Courtesy of weareresourceful.com)

Essentia Health, Wilderness Health, Generations Health Care Initiatives and Stratis Health have partnered with nonprofit network Aunt Bertha to provide a free online platform that allows anyone to easily find and connect with local free and reduced-cost programs.

The online program, Resourceful, is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and UCare. Resourceful helps people facing social needs — and those who help others — to find and make referrals to appropriate programs and services for food, shelter, health care, work, financial assistance and more.

The program connects people to services in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, and can be accessed at weareresourceful.org .

Resourceful assists community-based organizations with free tools designed to support their mission and the ability to receive and respond to referrals.

Resourceful relies on the help of the community to keep the resource directory current. Community-based organizations are encouraged to sign up for a free training at weareresourceful.org to learn how to help others navigate the social service directory and how to use all the free tools available.

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