from Jane Graupman, Executive Director
2018: Building a welcoming community
When New Americans come to the Institute we want them to feel two things: welcome and at home. Minnesota should be a place where they can make new friends, build a family and grow a career. Our mission is to ensure this is possible: that every New American who reaches our doors can achieve full membership in American life.
In 2018, we strengthened this mission by expanding our scope and services. Despite the political climate, we are growing, especially to fit client and employer needs with our career pathways. New Americans fill critical gaps in Minnesota’s workforce and make invaluable cultural contributions to our communities.
I am excited to share that because of the high-demand for our services (and because we are on stable footing), we have embarked on a capital campaign to improve our facilities and expand our workforce programs. When completed, our renovated building will stand proudly as a welcoming home base and workforce center of the future for New Americans.
Our mission is to ensure this is possible: that every New American who reaches our doors can achieve full membership in American life.
While working to enhance our presence on Como Avenue, in 2018 we also made a greater investment in advocating for our clients: at the Capitol, in classrooms and at community events. This year, we gave more presentations than ever: sharing what it means to be a refugee, how the U.S. resettlement system works, and what New Americans contribute to Minnesota.
We also grew the Anti-Trafficking program, advocating for clients and ensuring they had the resources needed to live and to navigate the criminal justice system. This program served 53 people in 2018 and continues to grow.
Through it all, you have been an important partner. In this report we are proud to share what our clients have accomplished with your unwavering support. Together, we will keep Minnesota welcoming and strong.