The Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) opened a new branch office in Mankato in April 2012 to help provide a system of supports for the growing refugee population. Over the past decade, Mankato has become home to an increasing number of secondary refugees, refugees who have migrated to Mankato from all across the US in search of a better life for their family in Minnesota. MCC Mankato Area Refugee Services supports refugees and former refugees as they seek to establish lives full of hope and opportunity in Mankato. We support refugee community integration and transition to self-sufficiency by providing the following services: Case Management, Job Placement (must be state eligible), Immigration adjustment, and Community Engagement and Outreach services.
Recent executive orders blocking and reducing refugee arrivals have significantly impacted our funding. We continue to welcome refugees and are committed to serving those who have already arrived with employment services, connection to health care and social services, and assistance with obtaining permanent residency and US citizenship. Please donate today to keep our services strong.
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From October 2015 through September 2016, we welcomed 459 refugees. We welcomed 34 new arrivals in February and are expecting 6 arrivals in March.