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Mission: Refugee Services is an ecumenical ministry welcoming persecuted people from around the world into new lives of freedom, hope, and opportunity in Minnesota. Vision: Refugees are abundantly supported as they move from addressing basic needs to achieving their dreams, and faith communities are transformed by partnering in this ministry of hospitality.
Refugee Services became a program of the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) in 1985. Since that time, MCC Refugee Services has welcomed more than 6,000 refugees from around the world to lives of freedom, hope and opportunity in Minnesota. We offer abundant support to new comers through four lines of service: Case management, Immigration, Employment and Education.
We provide specialized services for refugees and asylees to assist them on the path to self-sufficiency and support them as they work towards achieving their dreams. We strive to provide excellent, holistic, family-centered services that provide abundant support to refugees and their families.
Case Management: intensive case management services for new arrivals, and extended social service support.
Employment: professional employment counseling for refugee and asylee families receiving public assistance or enrolled in Match Grant.
Education: many different educational opportunities including New Arrivals Orientation, Financial Literacy, Computer Skills, Job Readiness, and more.
Immigration: assistance to help refugees on their path to citizenship and to reunite eligible family members who are overseas. MCC Refugee Services is recognized by the US Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals as an authorized provider of low-cost immigration assistance.