Housing and employment workshops

Somali Multi Service assists families by providing culturally appropriate methods of outreach to connect families in the Somali community with needed resources for youth outreach, education, housing, job training, and guidance in accessing services. The organization is continuously creating opportunities for African professionals in Stearns County to assist parents in raising and educating the youth.

Homeownership;

Identification of home type that best fits each client; home price and income (debt ratio) matching;

Financial statement (each client would complete a personal income statement during the session);

Money management (timely payment of bills);

Utilities;

Home inspections (recommended prior to purchase);

Identify possible home flaws; and

Attendance of a realtor and mortgage broker in the class and presentation of their areas of specialty.

Somali Youth Development

The Somali Youth Development is intended to teach Somali youth about nutrition and other healthy habits that support a positive lifestyle and educational enrichment. The volunteer-led program has, in its past, been characterized by a decrease in the number of Somali youth involved in criminal activity, as well as a marked improvement in the school grades of the youth participants.

ESL, Vocational and Family Literacy

Elder, Working Adult, Preschool and After-School Classes are held at our sites to fit your schedule.

SMS Culturally Specific Mentoring Program

The SMS Culturally Specific Mentoring Program is based on the philosophy that springs from the belief that reformative, transformational change is possible for troubled Somali youth in the juvenile probation system. The program’s positive approach would promote the principles of mutual respect between all participating parties including youth clients toward each other, mentors, staff and other volunteer service providers, and the community at large.

 

Economic Development Programs


Somali and other East African refugees and immigrants, having left nations with agrarian subsistence economies and high illiteracy, experience higher rates of poverty based on the lack of financial literacy. The East African refugee population in Saint Cloud is mainly comprised of large families, often with 5-11 children, some with female head of households. Often the households include extended family members: nieces, nephews, cousins, etc. Most of these families reside in the Saint Cloud area and are on public assistance.

To tackle the language and cultural barriers as well as the challenge of getting to know a completely new financial system upon moving to the U.S., SMS created an educational program specific to its population. We help the Saint Cloud East African community achieve self-sufficiency through a number of successful projects addressing economic development, including microenterprise and employment services.

Currently, our economic development program focuses on financial literacy and targeting underserved populations by educating people about banking, money management, savings, financial planning, and credit. We work with other institutions and community partners to reach out to residents, with a special focus on youth. SMS also improves access to affordable housing among Somalis in the Stearns County.

Future plans include outreach and expanding the program to assist more people and small businesses with development, bookeeping, marketing, how to access capital, and more