MCC Opens New Mankato Office

Jessica O’Brien is the new Associate Director for the Mankato office.

Minnesota Council of Churches opened a Refugee Services office to serve the Mankato area on April 1st, 2012. The primary goals of  the MCC Mankato Area Refugee Services office is to serve refugees who have chosen to make the Mankato area a home for their families, and to strengthen community partnerships with local service providers, public entities, and faith based communities to support their transition to self-sufficiency. Jessica O’Brien has been hired to serve as Associate Director of this new MCC Mankato Area Refugee Services office.

This spring the Mankato Free Press published an article highlighting our new office. Click here to read the full story.

“When the Minnesota Council of Churches was deciding where to build its first outstate office for refugee assistance, Mankato stood out.

That wasn’t because refugees were coming here directly from their home countries. Mankato isn’t designated by the federal government as a first stop for refugees.

But refugees who landed in other American cities were making their way to Mankato and bringing relatives, said Rachele King, director of refugee services for the nonprofit.

She heard good things about Mankato, both as a place to live and one that helps refugees.” Read on…

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