The idea of Northwoods Interfaith was introduced to the area after three separate surveys identified a gap in services to the elderly and people with special needs. The Bemidji Area Council of Nonprofits was asked to become the lead agency on this new program’s development and in 1997, a meeting of area congregations, interested residents, and human service agencies was held to research community response to the project. The group then assigned a steering committee to carry out the necessary work, and in July of 1998, a full time Executive Director was hired. Since then, the program has grown to include more staff and has provided more than 10,000 hours of direct service each year.

Funding for Northwoods Caregivers provided by:

Member Congregations


Calvary Lutheran

People’s Church

United Methodist

First Presbyterian

St. Philips Catholic

First Lutheran

New Salem Lutheran

Evangelical Covenant

St. Bartholomew’s

Aardahl Lutheran


Faith Lutheran

First Presbyterian

Zion Lutheran

Evangelical Free

Kelliher, Northome, Mizpah, Waskish

Our Saviors Lutheran

Bethlehem Lutheran

Hope Lutheran

Bethesda Lutheran


Malvik Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran