Enhancing the quality of life for all refugees from Burma in Minnesota
In October of 2014, we opened a new office in Marshall, MN through the support of Otto Bremer Foundation and in-kind office space from Western Community Action. We opened the office because of the growing population of refugees from Burma in Marshall and their resulting need for social service support. Many of our community members seek employment in Marshall due to the availability of full-time job opportunities, and currently over 100 refugees from Burma have found jobs in the city. The services offered at the Marshall office include:
Housing and Social Services - We provide refugees with access to community resources including early childhood education, K-12 school enrollment, adult ELL classes, public assistance, food shelves, medical care, and crisis services. We also help refugees find affordable, stable housing and provide ongoing education and support to help refugees comply with lease terms and communicate with property managers.
Employment Support - We provide ongoing assistance to assist employers in communicating with Karen employees and address issues as they arrive. We also reach out to new employers in the Marshall area to build relationships at the local level and share these contacts with the Employment Counselors at the Roseville office.
Volunteer Mobilization - We recruit, train, and support individuals to assist refugees with the activities listed above. Through volunteer engagement, we hope to increase our capacity to serve refugees in Marshall and promote stronger relationships between refugees and other community members.
The Marshall Office is located at: 1400 S Saratoga St, Marshall, MN 56258