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The executive orders blocking refugee admissions and the subsequent legal challenges to those orders have continued to make news headlines and create uncertainty about refugee resettlement in the US. For updates on the situation, we recommend that you follow our national partner Episcopal Migration Ministries on Facebook.
In 2018, we welcomed a total of 209 refugees from 15 countries. We welcomed 14 new arrivals in February and are hoping to welcome 10 individuals this March. Our arrivals have been largely from Burma, Ethiopia, and DR Congo.
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Recently, Jessi and Tyler joined our Taking Root team to give Mu Lah’s* family a warm welcome to Minnesota. As fellow newcomers to the Twin Cities, Jessi and Tyler were looking for a way to meet their neighbors and explore their new community. Read on to hear Jessi’s story of the blessing of friendship they received from Mu Lah’s family. A couple of years ago my husband and I were still relatively new to Minnesota and were aching for a way to meet new people and get involved. We knew that Minneapolis/St. Paul was home to one of the nation’s largest refugee populations and felt called to refugee support services. We had just spent two years in West Africa with the Peace Corps and knew how difficult it was to adjust to a new place, culture, and pace of life. To our great fortune, we found out about MCC and … Continue reading
This spring Jessi and Tyler joined our Taking Root team to give Mu Lah’s* family a warm welcome to Minnesota. As fellow newcomers to the Twin Cities, Jessi and Tyler were looking for a way to meet their neighbors and explore their new community. Read on to hear Jessi’s story of the blessing of friendship they received from Mu Lah’s family. A couple of months ago my husband and I were still relatively new to Minnesota and were aching for a way to meet new people and get involved. We knew that Minneapolis/St. Paul was home to one of the nation’s largest refugee populations and felt called to refugee support services. We had just spent two years in West Africa with the Peace Corps and knew how difficult it was to adjust to a new place, culture, and pace of life. To our great fortune, we found out about MCC … Continue reading
Have you or someone you’ve known ever lived abroad for an extended period of time? If so, you know that the adventure was both exciting and at times lonely. Learning a new language, engaging foreign customs, and attempting to navigate complex city transportation can be intimidating. Living with a host family or becoming friends with a local can make all the difference in bolstering your courage to try new things. Refugees who come to live in Minnesota face similar situations. Four families are coming to Minnesota in the next month who are in need of a friend like you. Please consider becoming a Volunteer Befriender for one of these families. The need is immediate and specific. The first week of December a Karen father and his 18 year old son are arriving and will be living in St. Paul. The father was a farmer in Burma before his family fled … Continue reading
Refugee resettlement simply would not be possible without the support of dedicated volunteers like Pang. Herself an immigrant, Pang was looking for a way to give back to the community by helping others adjust to life in Minnesota. Read on to hear the heartwarming story of the friendship that has developed between Pang and her new refugee friend, Paw Moo*. My name is Pang and I’m a Befriender to Paw Moo. Paw Moo and I have been working together to help her have an easier time adjusting to her new life here in Minnesota for about one month now. I visit her twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays. Paw Moo lives with her son in a one bedroom apartment. On my first meeting with Paw Moo, I observed that she is very talkative and funny. Paw Moo said that she likes to make new friends and meet new people … Continue reading
Every year MCC Refugee Services provides Employment assistance to about 150 refugees and asylees. Each of those individuals hopes to become self-sufficient as soon as possible but the search for a job is not easy. Recently, we’ve found that volunteering provides refugees a great opportunity to gain helpful US work experience, practice their English skills, and give back to their new community. In September 2011, we connected with a relatively new non-profit called Free Geek Twin Cities . Free Geek’s mission is two pronged: 1) to decrease electronic waste by recycling or refurbishing used donated computers and 2) to provide computers and computer education to people in the community who otherwise cannot access them. Our main goal for refugees who volunteer is for them to gain US work experience but the six refugees and asylees who have begun volunteering at Free Geek have gained so much more. Afia* came to … Continue reading
Taking Root is gearing up for a new fall season! As a member of a Taking Root team you have an exciting chance to develop a relationship with a new refugee family from the moment they arrive in Minnesota. We’ve learned through experience that a diverse team of people committed to coming alongside a family greatly increases their ability to transition to self-sufficiency. We invite you to become a part of this experience! As a Taking Root team member you get an intimate look into the resettlement process as you journey with a refugee family for their first four months in Minnesota. In the first few weeks team members provide a warm welcome by setting up the apartment, greeting the family at the airport, and visiting the family to see how they are adjusting to their new home. Friendships are formed as volunteers practice English while learning some of the … Continue reading