Enhancing the quality of life for all refugees from Burma in Minnesota

Training and Orientation Services

Upon arrival in the United States, most everyday activities and systems are completely new to refugees. The trainings described below are designed to address these knowledge gaps to help refugees access resources, live independently, and become leaders in our community.

  • Bus Training We partner with Metro Transit to offer training on how to use public transportation.
  • Community Health Education We conduct numerous workshops on a broad range of health issues affecting the Karen community. Topics include, but are not limited to: immunizations, annual check-ups, chronic illness prevention, diabetes, nutrition, mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, and sexually transmitted infections.
  • Financial Literacy We offer basic financial literacy classes in partnership with Wells Fargo Bank. Topics include: banking, budgeting, consumer skills, and credit.
  • Housing Orientation We teach refugees how to properly clean and maintain their homes, how to request needed repairs, practices to increase home safety, and rights and responsibilities for landlords and tenants.
  • Law Enforcement We provide trainings on a variety of topics related to law enforcement and public safety, including: police and fire emergency response, reporting crime, neighborhood safety, gangs, substance abuse, domestic violence, driving laws, and hunting and fishing laws. We coordinate with the St. Paul Police Department, Roseville Police Department, St. Paul Fire Department, and the Department of Natural Resources to deliver these trainings.
  • Mass Orientation We offer mass orientation workshops for new arrivals covering a wide range of topics about American culture and systems.
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Note
These services are just a representative list that KOM provides. Please contact us if you, your family, or someone you know in the Karen and Burmese refugee community needs any of the services listed, or services not currently listed.

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