Background

 

Somali Multi Service (SMS) is a nonprofit charitable organization registered with the State of Minnesota, 501(c) (3) status from the IRS. The purpose of this organization is to provide economic, educational, cultural, and other charitable work to Somali immigrant families in Minnesota. All funds and other resources of this organization will be devoted to this purpose. This organization will solicit grants, donations, and other gifts from individuals and organizations.

The number of African immigrants in Minnesota has significantly increased since 1990. The number of Africans in Minnesota is estimated to be more than 150,000. For instance, Minnesota has the largest Somali community in the United States. Somalis are also the largest African immigrant group in the state. Other large African communities include Ethiopian, Liberian, Sudanese, and Nigerian Communities. Job opportunities, safe environment, and quality education opportunities are among the attracting factors. African refugees and immigrants still continue to arrive. Therefore, African families in Minnesota will grow as new immigrants continue to arrive and new children are born. Most Africans live in the Twin Cities. They are mostly concentrated in Saint Cloud neighborhoods, such Waite Park neighborhood, but are increasingly found in suburbs and in larger towns throughout Minnesota.

African immigrant families experience numerous educational, cultural, health, and employment challenges and barriers to be fully integrated into the hosting society. 

SMS was established in 2008 by a number of concerned parents and educators from the African community in the state of Minnesota to respond to the special needs of African families. This organization will assist these families by providing information resources, training, and advice. SMS will also work to create a strong network among African families in the State. In addition, this organization will create opportunities for African professionals in the State in order to assist parents to raise and educate children and youth. These professionals will contribute their times, experiences, and talents to assist parents and youth in the community.
 

 

Executive Director

 

The Executive Director of Somali Multi Service functions as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization. In this capacity the Director is responsible for implementation of policies set by the Board of Directors as well as annual goals and objectives, and financial, program, and administrative management of the organization. Guidance and direction is provided by the President of the Board, by the Board and by the Executive Committee or the Board.
 

 

Board of Directors

 

Somali Multi Service (SMS) is a nonprofit charitable organization registered with the State of Minnesota, 501(c) (3) status from the IRS. The purpose of this organization is to provide economic, educational, cultural, and other charitable work to Somali immigrant families in Minnesota. All funds and other resources of this organization will be devoted to this purpose. This organization will solicit grants, donations, and other gifts from individuals and organizations.

The number of African immigrants in Minnesota has significantly increased since 1990. The number of Africans in Minnesota is estimated to be more than 150,000. For instance, Minnesota has the largest Somali community in the United States. Somalis are also the largest African immigrant group in the state. Other large African communities include Ethiopian, Liberian, Sudanese, and Nigerian Communities. Job opportunities, safe environment, and quality education opportunities are among the attracting factors. African refugees and immigrants still continue to arrive. Therefore, African families in Minnesota will grow as new immigrants continue to arrive and new children are born. Most Africans live in the Twin Cities. They are mostly concentrated in Saint Cloud neighborhoods, such Waite Park neighborhood, but are increasingly found in suburbs and in larger towns throughout Minnesota.

African immigrant families experience numerous educational, cultural, health, and employment challenges and barriers to be fully integrated into the hosting society. 

SMS was established in 2008 by a number of concerned parents and educators from the African community in the state of Minnesota to respond to the special needs of African families. This organization will assist these families by providing information resources, training, and advice. SMS will also work to create a strong network among African families in the State. In addition, this organization will create opportunities for African professionals in the State in order to assist parents to raise and educate children and youth. These professionals will contribute their times, experiences, and talents to assist parents and youth in the community.