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CAPI's Immigrant Opportunity Center steps up as the agent of change

Stephanie Moua

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Centre for Asian and Pacific Islanders (CAPI) is on its way in developing a vibrant and impactful community with the Immigrant Opportunity Center. This community aims to create better opportunities for immigrants in accessing economic, civic and social participation.

Immigrants often experience injustice, discrimination and poor judgment from the anti-immigrant sentiment exposed in the community. This leads to difficulties for the immigrants in accessing proper public and social service, receiving sufficient budget in the workforce, having opportunities in participating the social activities or campaigns, receive negative stereotypes and poor treatment in the community.

Driven by these concerns, CAPI intends to build a community that supports the immigrants of Asia, African, Latinx and other communities of color to achieve proper social and economic service, as well as welcoming them as a part of Minnesota's society. The purpose of CAPI's Immigration Opportunity Center is to guide immigrants and refugees in their journey toward self-determination and social equality.

CAPI's Immigration Opportunity Center will increase economic opportunities held for the immigrant by providing supporting programs. The programs include Financial Support Service, Asian Food and Nutrition Services, Workforce Development Services, Hmong Seniors Program and MN Sure Enrollment Services.

Through these programs, the community hopes to help the immigrants in managing financial issues, providing a healthy and positive lifestyle and assisting in achieving better career opportunities and the workforce.

CAPI's Immigration Opportunity Center will be located at The Brooklyn Blvd/Brooklyn Center, since the district is recognized for its growth and concentrated immigration population.

On a different note, CAPI has also launched a $1.95 million capital campaign to maximize economic opportunities for a growing immigrant population living in & near Brooklyn Center.

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