Twin Cities Refugee Consortium

The Twin Cities Refugee Consortium is a long-running meeting led by the four metro refugee resettlement agencies—Arrive Ministries, Lutheran Social Service, International Institute of Minnesota, and Minnesota Council of Churches. Refugee Consortium meetings are opportunities to learn from each other about resettlement and services for those with refugee status and other ORR-eligible statues, identify and share challenges, and discuss ways to better serve and welcome new arrivals into our communities. 

Standing meeting points of emphasis:

  • Are there any changes in capacity to serve refugees at this time?
  • What are the challenges that are preventing resettlement services?
  • What strategies and programming are being done to support the integration of refugees into our community?

Example Agenda
Introductions & Housekeeping
Resettlement Agencies Reports

  • Program and arrivals updates
    • Current year arrival numbers and demographics

Sector Updates & Discussion

  • MN DHS Resettlement Programs Office
  • MN Department of Health
  • Local Public Health
  • Public Education
  • Local Governance (cities, counties)
  • Public Safety
  • Public Assistance

Presentation & Discussion
Agency Announcements


Twin Cities Refugee Consortium Meetings are held quarterly on Zoom. Future meetings are scheduled for the following dates: 

  • Q1 – Tuesday, December 12 at 1 PM
  • Q2 – Thursday, March 21 at 3 PM
  • Q3 – Thursday, June 20 at 3 PM
  • Q4 – Thursday, September 12 at 3 PM


If you have any questions about the meetings or would like to see recordings of past meetings, reach out to Chelsea Stanton (Refugee Services Admin Coordinator at MCC).


MCC maintains the email list for this meeting on behalf of the Consortium. Subscribers to the email list receive the Zoom info, a link to the recording of the meeting, and information about resources shared in the meeting. Sign up here.