Karen Organization of Minnesota
To enhance the quality of life for Karen and other refugees from Burma in Minnesota.
Review Completed: 3/31/2011
1394 Jackson Street, Suite 324
St. Paul, MN 55117
|Other Names Used
||Karen Community of Minnesota
||Chong Vang, Executive Director
|Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE)
|Number of Volunteers
|Number of Clients Served
||Accepts donated goods
||Susan T. Schuster
|Number of Board Members
|Board meetings with quorum
|Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings
|Publicly Available Documents
Most Recent 990
As a result of KOM’s services and programs,
*408 refugees were assisted with one or more social services through KOM
*39 refugees secured stable housing
*133 refugees enrolled in child care/ECFE, after school programs or mental health care
*96 refugees attended bus training, received assistance with obtaining a driver’s license, or were connected to community activities and events.
*758 referrals were made for refugees to connect with outside social service providers
*151 refugees were placed in jobs
*44 refugees enrolled in English Language Learning classes (20+ hours per week)
*61 refugees participated in Parent-Teacher meetings
*205 refugees attended Safety and Law Enforcement training
*23 refugees were referred for a breast or cervical exam
*106 refugees improved their financial potential by attending Financial Literacy Training
*75 youth and adult refugees grew in their leadership abilities by participating in Wilder’s Leadership Course
*273 refugees received legal immigration assistance through World Relief Minnesota in obtaining their Permanent Residence Card (Green Card), apply to become United States Citizen and any other immigration related matters.
*386 refugees increased their cultural understanding of their new home in Minnesota through Mass Orientation sessions
*253 refugees received Health Education materials
*101 refugees attended a Health Education class
*2 refugees received additional medical care because of abnormalities found through preventative health care exams arranged by KOM
*2 local organizational leaders are working with KOM to implement smoke-free policies at their organizations
*32 refugees enjoyed local entertainment events (such as a Timberwolves game) through our partnership with Tix for Tots
• High quality direct services will be provided to 750 unduplicated Karen/Burmese refugees.
• 95% of our stated goals/outcomes in our four government contracts will be achieved including: (1) RSS – 80% of our clients will achieve at least two outcomes in the following areas: housing, immigration, community engagement, and fully functioning.; (2) RES – 80% of our clients will achieve sustainable employment; (3) ORR – at least 75% of our clients served will have knowledge and or awareness of resources; and (4) EHDI – KOM will do outreach activities to bring awareness to clients about breast & cervical cancer and heart disease and stroke. 90% of clients referred and will get screened and followed as needed.
• An increase in our Refugee Employment contract with DHS will be secured.
• Our “Net Equity” position will improve from approximately 1 payroll period (currently) to 2.5 payroll period.
• We will substantially increase volunteer capacity – both in terms of the number of volunteers serving and the number of volunteer hours contributed.
• We will meet 20 additional organizational development standards through the year (going from 55 to 75 standards met).
• We will secure at least 4-5 new foundation and faith-based grants in 2011.
• We will generate multiple program financial statements and train board members and the ED on how to read and interpret statements and balance sheets.
• We will complete our first independent financial audit and our first staff and board evaluation process.
Community or Constituency Served
Karen and other Refugees from Burma
Geographic Area Served
St. Paul, Roseville and the surrounding suburbs
Impact and Programs