By visiting one of Grassroots Outreach locations, you can obtain a community voice mail number.  You can use this number to put on job applications, housing applications, and stay in touch with friends and family.  You can retrieve your messages from any touch tone phone.

You can also receive Lifeline-supported phone service through our partner EnTouch Wireless. Eligible participants will receive a free monthly phone plan, which includes 1,000 minutes of talk, 500 units of text, and 100 MB of data.  In order to process an application, you will need to bring a valid state-issued photo ID; proof of participation in a low-income government program (such as EBT, Section 8, or Medicaid) or proof of low-income status; and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Please note: due to network upgrades, we do not have any free phones available at this time. We offer Android smart phones available for $40. Additionally, we are able to offer a free bring-your-own-device activation, as long as the phone is 4G T-Mobile device and the applicant has the required supporting documentation.

Currently the cost and plan of Lifeline Cell Phones are being covered by the ACP Program. Temporarily the phones are FREE and the plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data

Documents needed to complete an application for a Lifeline cell phone:

1. A valid state-issued photo ID such as a Driver’s License, State ID card, or a US Passport. We can also accept Prison IDs and Tribal IDs if they include a date of birth, as well as original birth certificates.
2. Proof of participation in a federal benefit program – this must be a current letter of participation; cards are not an acceptable form of proof.
3. Must have the last 4 numbers of your Social Security number – we recommend bringing the card with you as the auditors can ask for it

Outreach Times and Locations:

Outreach hours are limited until further notice due to COVID-19.

Our current outreach hours are:


Catholic Charities Opportunity Center
740 E. 17th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

9:00AM to 11:00AM

Griggs-Midway Building
(1821 University Ave W Suite 184, St.  Paul)

Noon to 2:00 PM


Griggs-Midway Building
(1821 University Ave W Suite 184, St. Pail)

Noon to 2:00 PM


Dorothy Day Center
422 Dorothy Day Pl
Saint Paul, MN 55104

10 AM to Noon


Griggs-Midway Building
(1821 University Ave W Suite 184, St.  Paul)

Noon to 2:00 PM

If you cannot make the above outreach hours, please call our office at (651) 643-0883 to schedule an appointment.

For more information about the Outreach program, please contact Mark at