OUR SERVICES

 

We’re building community by welcoming newcomers, supporting residents in transition and creating access and economic opportunity.

ADVOCACY & CLIENT SERVICES

We connect clients with necessary community resources to address medical, social, community, legal, financial, educational, and other needs. Through this positive intervention we seek to empower individuals to build assets, promote resiliency, develop self-respect and independence, and become self-sufficient.

REFUGEE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Newly arrived refugees become contributing members of the American economy. Our office supports their transition with employment counseling, resume writing, job placement and skill building to attain economic self-sufficiency through job opportunities within the Austin area.

SOCIAL SERVICES

We serve all community members and have cultural and linguistic expertise with Spanish, French, Karenni, Karen, Burmese, Fon, Goun, Mina, and Nuer populations. Our diverse staff help with interpreting, transitional, social and emotional support. We work as the community liaison and case manager by meeting one-on-one with youth, parents, and families to help them assess their needs, matching and/or referring them to various community programs.

COMMUNITY CULTURAL EDUCATION

Our educational programs help residents, organizations and businesses understand the strengths and characteristics of newcomer populations. Education is offered through presentations and workshops at various locations including area non-profit organizations, businesses, and schools. Cultural proficiency workshops are offered throughout the year.

OUR MISSION

The Welcome Center, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt corporation founded in June 2000. It was organized by a group of concerned citizens who saw a dramatic change in the area’s work force and demographic composition. In order to create an inclusive and welcoming community, the founders developed the Welcome Center.

MISSION STATEMENT
Empowering diverse community engagement through guidance and connections.

OUR OBJECTIVES
To provide a place to welcome our new neighbors, provide guidance and services to assist newcomers in their transition into the community. We collaborate with agencies to address multicultural issues, provide interpreting services, and develop programs and services that open economic opportunities to newcomers.

OUR SUPPORTERS
Hormel Foundation
United Way of Mower County

FINANCIALS
Form 990 (click for PDF)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sara Karki - Interim Board Chair (Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota)

Sara Karki - Vice Chair (Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota)

Robert Maus - Treasurer (Baudler, Maus, Forman & King, LLP)

Jessica Meza - Secretary (State Farm Insurance)

Judy Callahan - Member (Hormel Foods Corporation)

Dewey Schara - Member (Austin Public Schools)

Juliana Pena-Marconi - Member (Austin Public Schools)

Hiedy Morey - Member (Austin Public Schools)

Robert Magambo - Member (Hormel Foods Corporation)

Laura Laïson Agbodji - Member (Wells Fargo Bank)

Katie Pekel - Member (Mayo Clinic Health System)

 We are Hiring !

African Social Services Coordinator - Job description - Employment Application

Send your application to dora@austinwelcomecenter.org or in person by Friday, November 8th, 2019.

For questions, please call 507-434-2863.

GET INVOLVED

Do you like working with people from different cultures? Then, we want you to volunteer with us! Looking to make a donation? Call us at (507) 434-2863 to learn more about how to donate and volunteer at the Welcome Center.

CONTACT US

 
 

CALL Us

507-434-2863
Fax: (507) 434-2868

Visit Us

111 Main St N, Suite #101
Austin MN 55912

 

OFFICE Hours

Monday-Friday:
8:30am-5pm

OUR STAFF

HERVE IDJIDINA - Executive Director
director@austinwelcomecenter.org

SOLOMON PAUL
solomon@austinwelcomecenter.org

DORA MARTINEZ - Program Manager
dora@austinwelcomecenter.org

RAIN SUEREH - Social Services Coordinator
rain@austinwelcomecenter.org

ROSY KANYAMAW - Social Services Coordinator
rosy@austinwelcomecenter.org