Student Basic Needs Resources

Mesabi Range 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.

If you have any questions about the resources below or would like assistance connecting with them, please contact one of Mesabi Range College counselors, listed below.

Kelly Dailey

TRIO/SSS Counselor
(218) 749-7765 - Virginia Campus - L114

Sabrina Skeens

Institutional Counselor
(218) 749-7714 - Virginia Campus - S114
(218) 744-7533 - Eveleth Campus - M107


Campus Food Shelf – Virginia & Eveleth

Open to all Mesabi Range College students.

Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

See your advisor or counselor for more information.

Quad City Food Shelf

8367 Enterprise Drive North
Mountain Iron MN 55768
United States

Phone: (218) 749-1371

Salvation Army Emergency Food Shelf

Our Emergency Food Shelf serves everyone from low income families, single parents, senior citizens, unemployed individuals, disabled veterans, working poor, and anyone else in need of our assistance.

The Emergency Food Shelf distributes by appointment only.

507 South 12th Avenue West
Virginia, MN 55729

Phone: (218) 741-1889


Are you looking for shelter? Affordable housing? Are you fleeing domestic violence? Do you need assistance to prevent an eviction or help with move-in costs? Call 2-1-1. They can assess your situation and connect you with resources that may be able to help.

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA)

AEOA has a variety of programs that help homeless individuals and families keep their current housing or find new stable housing. Services include outreach, assistance in meeting basic needs, homeless shelters in Virginia & Hibbing, financial assistance, counseling, case management, and referrals to important resources. Housing crisis services are available for those facing homelessness. Financial assistance and counseling is available to help people keep their current housing or find new stable housing.


Housing Crisis Resource
(218) 748-7357
1-800-662-5711 ext. 7357

Virginia Shelters
(218) 741-2063

Virginia Youth Foyer
(218) 749-0766

Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Virginia (HRA)

The Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Virginia, MN (VHRA) was organized in 1949. The organization is overseen by five commissioners with the day to day operations carried out by a staff of twenty employees. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor of Virginia and serve five year terms. Since its inception, the VHRA has developed two hundred seventy-four units of public housing for families, elderly and disabled households. The VHRA owns and manages these units providing housing to over one thousand four hundred people. These units are instrumental in providing affordable housing to members of the community. The Housing Choice Voucher Program (aka Section 8) is delivered by the VHRA in all of Northern St. Louis County. Approved participants can use a voucher to help pay a portion of their rent payment while renting from a private landlord.

In addition to the Public Housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Programs, the VHRA owns and operates the Laurentian Manor, 80 units of senior housing located on Bailey’s Lake and Alpine Village, 24 units of student housing located adjacent to Mesabi Community College. The VHRA provides apartment management services at the Washington Manor, a 63 unit elderly complex owned by the City of Virginia. The VHRA also partners with the Eveleth HRA and manages the Clay Court (aka Hilltop Homes) apartments.

Phone: (218) 741-2610

Range Transitional Housing

Range Transitional Housing, Inc. (RTH) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that provides transitional and permanent supportive housing to homeless households in northern St. Louis County, MN.Currently, RTH uses the St. Louis County Coordinated Entry System, which is the entry point for individuals and families in need of housing. Each week local agencies in Northern St. Louis County fill program openings with people who are registered on the Coordinated Entry list. Anyone who is currently homeless will first need to contact 211 to schedule an assessment.

Phone: (218) 741-9628


Arrowhead Transit

Arrowhead Transit has been serving Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region since 1974. We are the largest public rural transportation system in Minnesota.

Each year Arrowhead Transit provides transportation to thousands of residents in 10 counties in Northeastern Minnesota and beyond, including: Aitkin, Itasca, Koochiching, St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Carlton, Pine, Chisago and Isanti.

We currently provide travelers and commuters alike with scheduled service, Dial-A-Ride and a Volunteer Driver Program.

Dial-A-Ride: 1-800-862-0175, Select Option #1

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions:

C & M Taxi

C & M Taxi is a locally owned business. We have 20 years of experience in the business. We’re your top choice for affordable transportation within 50 miles of the Quad Cities. Our dependable drivers will ensure you reach your desired destination safely and on time. Airport pickup and drop-off services are also available.

Serving the Quad Cities

(Virginia, Gilbert, Eveleth and Mountain Iron)

Phone: (218) 749-4000


Post-Secondary Child Care Grant

The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes.

Who is Eligible?

Minnesota residents who have a child 12 years old or younger (or 14 or younger if the child is handicapped) and whose family size and income qualify for the program. To qualify, students also must:

  • Be Minnesota residents.
  • Be enrolled 1-12 credits or more per term (undergraduates) or 1-6 credits or more per term (graduates).
  • Has not received child care grant funds for a period of ten semesters or the equivalent. Students who have withdrawn for active military service after December 31, 2002 are given an extra term of eligibility.
  • Not have defaulted on a student loan.

The student must not be receiving assistance from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). Individuals receiving MFIP at this time should contact their County Social Office of Higher Education to get additional information about child care assistance.

How Much Money Can You Get?

The maximum award amount is $6,500 per eligible child per academic year. The amount of the award cannot exceed 40 hours of child care per week per eligible child.

In some instances, the maximum award may be increased by 10 percent to compensate for higher market costs for infant care.

Link to application:

Arrowhead Head Start

Our program serves pregnant mothers, children birth to 5 years old, and their families.

Our services are more than early childhood education! Our programming includes health, nutrition, mental health, disability, & family support services.

Our program is has income guidelines with limited opportunities for families who are over income.

We provide services to children with special needs or disabilities.

Phone: (218) 749-2912


Mesabi Range College Emergency Loan

Mesabi Range College offers an emergency loan, up to $250, for students with expenses that are hindering their ability to meet educational requirements.

  • This loan is only available to students who are waiting for their financial aid to be disbursed.
  • Students must work with an advisor or counselor when applying.

Mesabi Range College Emergency Grant

Emergency grants are available to help current students with unforeseen financial emergencies. Emergency grants were established to help students stay in college and achieve their educational goals. Only one emergency grant per student can be received through this program. Emergency grant funding is made possible by Mesabi Range College and the Mesabi Range College Foundation.

Students who are in need of emergency grant assistance should contact or be referred to the Emergency Grant Coordinators, Kelly Dailey or Sabrina Skeens. The Emergency Grant Coordinators will meet with students to discuss their current situation and current needs. The Emergency Grant Coordinators will assist students in completing the online Emergency Grant Application. Students are responsible for submitting supporting documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Mesabi Range College students, faculty, and staff have access to Office 365, a suite of Cloud-hosted tools, allowing users to access a catalog of software on virtually any device as long as an internet connection is available. You can install Microsoft Office after signing on to Office 365 in your browser.

Mesabi Range College IT, D2L & Website Support – Virginia Campus

Tom Pratt

(218) 780-4829

Terran Morrow

(218) 404-4222

IT Support – Eveleth Campus

Dan Kugel

(218) 780-8063


Mobile Crisis

The Mobile Crisis Team began in September of 2014 as an additional service out of the Wellstone Crisis Stabilization Center. The mobile crisis team serves adults and children seven days a week by providing on-site assessments at a common entry point in the community to persons experiencing a mental health crisis.

The geographic area served is Northeastern Minnesota (Northern St. Louis County, Koochiching County, Lake County, Cook County, and within the vicinity of the three tribes including but not limited to Bois Forte and Nett Lake).

Phone: (218) 288-2100 or (218) 749-2881 option #2

24-Hour Crisis Line Services

The crisis line is answered by trained crisis staff. If the situation cannot be handled over the phone, other community services are offered to try to meet the caller’s needs.

Phone: (218) 288-2100

Wellstone Center for Recovery

Wellstone Center for Recovery is a community-based program designed to assist adults experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency. The program offers individualized services that meet the unique needs of each person. The program is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and is staffed around the clock by highly-trained mental health practitioners and skilled nursing staff. Each resident has a private room. Most insurances, including Medicaid, is accepted.

Admission criteria:

  • Experiencing a mental health crisis
  • Minnesota resident
  • Between ages 18 and 65
  • Medically stable
  • No imminent danger to self or others
  • No substantial alcohol/chemical impairment
  • Comply with a medical screening
  • Bring a two-week supply of prescription medications in bottles

Admissions are taken 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Phone: (218) 471-4327 or (218) 393-9117

Range Mental Health

We serve Northern St. Louis County with an assortment of mental health services tailored to your individual needs.

Phone: (218) 749-2881

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line

  • Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime.
  • Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis.
  • A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform.


Essentia Health – Virginia Clinic

1101 9th St N
Virginia, MN 55792

Phone: (218) 305-0000

Laurentian Medical Clinic & Urgent Care – Mt. Iron

8373 Unity Drive
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

Phone: (218) 748-7480

Project Care Clinic

505 S 12th Ave West #3
Virginia, MN 55792

Phone: (218) 741-5173


Family Advocates for Peace

820 9th Street N, # 150
Virginia MN, 55792

Phone: (218) 263-8344

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE

Sexual Assault Program of Northern St. Louis County

Advocacy available 24/7

327 1st St S Suite 17
Virginia, MN 55792

Phone: (218) 749-4725 or (218) 780-7227

Call or Text: (218) 780-7227