6/18/2020 12:49:11 PM
Minnesota’s resettlement program previously focused primarily on serving working-age adults, but a recently formed Resettlement Network is taking a more holistic approach to families, connecting young people, working-age adults and older people to critical services.
DHS launched the Resettlement Network to provide more comprehensive services to people with the status of refugee, asylee, victim of trafficking, Cuban/Haitian entrant, Amerasian, or with Afghani and Iraqi special immigrant visas. The network is organized into four regions, and community organizations with expertise in language, culture and resources are collaborating to provide services like support for school-age children, vocational coaching, and access to orientation classes to help people learn about American life and systems.
During Refugee Recognition Month this June, the department is thanking Resettlement Network partners for all they do to build well-being across generations. The department also recognizes partners’ dedication and flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they’ve had to adapt to refugees’ emerging needs so they can stay safe, healthy and continue to work.
More information on Resettlement Network partners, including those that serve as regional hub contacts, is available in this department overview sheet (PDF) created in response to the pandemic.