024, Karen Community Members at “Neighbors Meet Neighbors” panelist/discussion at East Side Freedom Library

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KarenSchool1-300x225(Recorded 9/19/2017) Karen Organization of Minnesota, http://www.mnkaren.org/  “Neighbors Meet Neighbors: Karen Community Members” panelist/discussion at East Side Freedom Library http://eastsidefreedomlibrary.org/ . “Neighbors Meet Neighbors” is a monthly series of forums centered around the stories and experiences of recent immigrants to the east side communities.

The following is information copied from Karen Organization of Minnesota‘s website http://www.mnkaren.org/

The Karen Organization of Minnesota is the first social services agency in the country founded by Karen refugees from Burma. We offer a variety of programs to help refugees transition to life in a new country and achieve their goals. We also provide resources to help organizations learn how to work with this growing community.

The mission of the Karen Organization of Minnesota is to enhance the quality of life for all refugees from Burma in Minnesota.

More than 12,000 Karen people live in Minnesota, making it the largest Karen community in the country. Minnesota is also home to more than 1,000 refugees from other ethnic groups in Burma. Refugees from Burma come to Minnesota for the same reasons many people do: to find good jobs, access high-quality education, and connect with a strong community. Learn more about Karen people and other ethnic groups from Burma.

KOM is a leading service provider helping over 1,500 refugees each year achieve their goals. Our success is due to:
Programs designed by and for the community: KOM is founded and led by refugees from Burma who understand the needs and goals of the community we serve.  Providing wraparound support: Our staff take time to understand each person’s situation and make sure they can access all of the resources they need.  Strong partnerships: KOM values working with partners to help refugees access more opportunities and to help other service providers learn how to work with this growing community.

The following is copied from the East Side Freedom Library‘s website http://eastsidefreedomlibrary.org/

The East Side Freedom Library (ESFL) has its home in the former Arlington Hills library, one of St. Paul’s historic Carnegie library buildings at 1105 Greenbrier Street, located in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood. The ESFL’s mission is to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work toward equity for all. The library houses non-circulating research collections that appeal to interested general learners as well as scholars, with innovative databases and finding aids that make using the collections fun and vital. Story is a major theme of the ESFL, and the telling and gathering of stories, through formal interviews, workshops, and small-scale public performances, will allow local residents and interested publics to learn more about the work and residential histories of the East Side.
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106

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