For nearly 100 years, the Institute has helped immigrants and refugees resettle in their new community. Newcomers bring a wealth of knowledge, talent and diversity to Minnesota. They need assistance in starting a new life– our services provide the basic necessities for beginning life in a new community.
Refugee Resettlement - The Institute provides community orientation to newly arrived refugee families, and helps them furnish a new apartment, enroll children in school, connect to health services, learn to use the bus system, and discover community resources.
Immigration & Citizenship - Each year the Institute assists over 1,000 refugees, asylees, and immigrants to navigate the process of permanent residency, citizenship, and other immigration procedures. In 2011, nearly 700 New Americans became U.S. citizens with guidance from Institute staff.
Anti-Human Trafficking - The Institute assists trafficking survivors throughout Minnesota and Upper Wisconsin as part of the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium.
Education & Training- Building language skills and securing employment are critical parts of community integration for New Americans. The Institute offers citizenship classes, English and Spanish language classes, and job training programs that provide preparation for the American workforce.
Passport Photos - Photo service is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for a fee of $12.75.
Facility Rentals - The Institute offers affordable meeting and event space with a multicultural flair. A variety of rooms and set-up styles accommodate between 10 and 250 individuals.