Resources for Assistance


In North Dakota there are a variety of assistance programs to help qualified North Dakotans meet their basic needs.

ND Department of Human Services

The ND Department of Human Services has a variety of assistance programs to help qualified North Dakotans meet their basic needs.  These programs help many low-income families who are working toward self-sufficiency.  Assistance may be available for:

  • Basic Care Assistance
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Healthy Steps Children's Health Insurance Program
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Go to the Department of Human Services to learn more.

ND Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

DVR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve competitive employment and increased independence through rehabilitation services. We provide training and employment services to eligible individuals with physical or mental impairments so they can become and remain employed. Services that result in competitive employment are either provided or purchased.

Services include (but are NOT limited to)

  • Diagnosis and evaluation
  • Vocational counseling and planning
  • Information and referral
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Physical and mental restoration services
  • Employment maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Vocational training including supported employment
  • Job placement and follow-up

North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation - Welcome

FirstLink 2-1-1

FirstLink assists people to identify, access, and make effective use of community and volunteer resources 24 hours a day. It’s the first link to connect people to resources.

Continue to FirstLink 2-1-1

Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a special program for unemployed low income persons age 55 or older who have poor employment prospects. SCSEP participants get annual physical examinations, personal and job-related counseling, and job training when needed.

The purpose of the SCSEP program is to:

  1. Foster and promote useful part-time opportunities in community service activities for eligible persons.
  2. Foster individual economic self-sufficiency.
  3. Increase the number of older persons who may enjoy the benefits of unsubsidized employment in both the public and private sectors.

In North Dakota SCSEP is a statewide program that is provided through two Federal Grants:

  • Department of Human Services (DHS), Aging Services Division for individuals 55 and older living in the following counties: Bowman, Burleigh, Cass, Divide, Dunn, Grand Forks, McKenzie, Mountrail, Richland, Sargent, Stark, Steele, Traill, Ward, Williams.

 Below is NDSCD & NICOA’s contact information


Jaclyn Seefeldt, Program Administrator

1237 W. Divide Ave, Suite 6

Bismarck, ND 58501




Sarah  Piersol, Program Manager

4265 45th St. S. Ste 111-39

Fargo, ND 58104