If you believe you have symptoms of the virus, it is very important to call Altru's 24/7 Coronavirus Hotline at 701.780.6358 (or Spectra Health at 701.757.2100 ) before going into the ER/Urgent Care or an appointment.

They will ask you questions about your symptoms and have interpreters available to help.

If you need help, please let us know.

Our office is closed, but we still can be reached by phone and email.

Call 701-330-0765

cshabb@gfcoalition.org - Cynthia Shabb (Executive Director)

pc@gfcoalition.org - Adam Fortwengler (Program Coordinator)


Global Friends is working with lots of different groups to get the word out about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We've created posters in Somali, Nepali, and English and asked for help from different businesses in Greater Grand Forks to post them. Working with the City of Grand Forks and the Welcoming Community Roadmap Project we also have put out videos by two of our Board Liaisons, Prakash Patak and Aisha Hassan. Prakash and Aisha made videos in Nepali and Somali focusing on some tools to remain safe and how to reach Altru's COVID-19 hotline, and another about the plans from the Grand Forks Public Schools. We have posted these video's on Facebook.

Please know this: We are helping a number of people navigate filing for unemployment, figuring out social services status, and trouble shooting with people when their rent is due. I do wish that all bills could be put on hold right now, but that does not seem to be the case. While it's harder to help when we cannot go person to person, we are having volunteers trying new ways. Our UND Occupational Therapy students are putting their creative hats on as I write this letter as they are going to continue connecting with their New American friends. Other volunteers are checking in with their families. We are trying to think of ways to help without face-to face communication.


Grand Forks Community Support Facebook Group

This group brings together state and local news and resources every hour. They also answer questions and help coordinate assistance for families in need of supplies.

City of Grand Forks Resources

Food Pantry Resouces --- Grocery Resources

Lists food pantries and their hours and procedures for families in need of food assistance. It also lists the new hours and procedures for grocery stores.

Grand Fork Housing Authority

Housing is now accepting change of income reporting online, so if you have a Section 8 voucher, or you live in a Housing Authority property, and you've been laid off or have had your hours reduced, report the change to your caseworker right away for immediate relief.

City of Grand Forks Covid-19 Resources

Stay up to date with resources from the City of Grand Forks

City of Grand Forks Facebook

The city is continuously updating residents through their Facebook, too, including live streaming the city's briefings.

North Dakota Department of Health

The Department of Health is leading the fight against Covid-19 at the state level. Stay up to date on the latest news and response through their website.

North Dakota Department of Health Facebook

Their Facebook also posts up-to-date information and livestreams their daily briefings at 10am and 4pm.

Free School Lunch & Breakfast Program

Grand Forks Public Schools is operating a free take-home lunch and breakfast (to take for the next day) program Monday through Friday on days school would normally be in session. Click the link to find distribution sites and times.

Grand Fork Herald

The city's flagship newspaper. They are making all coronavirus-related articles free for readers.

Updated Business Hours

This list compiled by the Herald and the Chamber of Commerce has updated hours for many businesses in Grand Forks.

High Plains Fair Housing

If you believe you're being treated unfairly and having your rights violated by your landlord, reach out to High Plains Fair Housing for assistance.

Firstlink / 2-1-1

Firstlink operates a community resource/crisis hotline. If you call 2-1-1, you can ask questions about where to find certain items, hours for stores or community resources, or just about anything. They are also trained crisis operators, so you if are feeling thoughts of suicide or just need someone to talk to, all people who answer the phone are trained to help.



If you've been laid off from work due to the covid crisis, you may be eligible for regular unemployment insurance. If you're in North Dakota, visit the Job Service ND website for more information, to check eligibility, and to file a claim.

  • Documents you may need to file for regular unemployment insurance:

      • Green Card (if not a US citizen)

          • Alien Number

          • Green Card Number

      • Social Security Number

      • Employer Phone Number

      • Start and End Date of Employment

      • Bank Account Number and Routing Number (from the bottom of a check)

If you don't qualify for regular unemployment insurance (possibly due to not meeting the minimum work requirements for the last year), you may be eligible for pandemic unemployment assistance.

  • Documents you may need to file for pandemic unemployment assistance:

      • Social Security Number

      • Employer Name, Address, and Phone Number

      • Start and End Date of Employment

      • A copy of your 2019 Tax Return

      • A copy of any pay stubs from 2020

      • Bank Account Number and Routing Number (from bottom of a check)

Please check your email after registering, including your "spam" folder for emails from Job Service.

You will also be required to check in weekly with Job Service to keep your benefits. Instructions on how to check in will come with your eligibility letter.

Stimulus Checks

More information at IRS.gov

If you make under $75,000 a year (or $150,000 as married couple), are a legal permanent resident or U.S. citizen, and are not claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax return, you may be eligible for a check of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child.

Tax data and bank account details from your 2019 tax returns will be used; if you have not filed taxes and gotten your refund (or paid taxes) through direct deposit, you may want to quickly do that; if the IRS has your direct deposit information, you will likely receive your check sooner.

If you (or an elder family member who was not included on your return) did not file taxes in 2019, you can provide the IRS with your information at this website. If you include a bank account and routing number, you will likely get your money sooner.

  • You will need to provide:

      • Social security numbers for all family members

      • Dates of birth for all family members

      • Driver's license/State ID numbers for any family members who have them

You can check on the progress of your check at this website (you'll need your social security number, the gross income amount from your 2019 or 2018 federal income tax filing, and the amount of your refund (or amount paid) on that return to use as verification.

Grand Forks County Social Services

Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic Grand Forks County Human Service Zone (Social Services) is closed to the public except to drop off or pick up a form. And, do this only if this is necessary as it's best to try and stay home. Someone is at the main door monitoring.

You can apply for economic assistance (Medicaid and SNAP) online at: http://apply.dhs.nd.gov

You can also call: 701-787-8540

Covid-19 Information

Visit the CDC's website for more information about Covid-19, what you can do to stay safe, and what to do if you're not feeling well.

Visit Global Friend's Facebook page for translated material and videos concerning the virus and how to stay safe.

If you believe you have symptoms of the virus, please CALL Altru's 24/7 Coronavirus Hotline at 701.780.6358 before going into the ER or Urgent Care. They will ask you questions about your symptoms and travel, and have interpreters available, if needed. It is very important that you don't just go to the hospital before calling!

Public Schools

Governor Burgum has declared public schools closed indefinitely. Online education started on April 1st.

For information on the Governor's declaration

For information from Grand Forks Public Schools about online education

Income Tax Filing

The income tax filing deadline has been extended for everyone to July 15th, 2020. For more information, visit IRS.gov. You may still want to file sooner for a quicker refund.