As the sole provider of social
services to the Chinese community in Minnesota,
our mission is to:
Chinese immigrants and refugees in their transition to American
Preserve the Chinese cultural heritage
Promote the well-being of the Chinese community in Minnesota
strive to accomplish this by providing information and referral
services, classes in citizenship and English language - particularly
for older Chinese speakers, and organizing social and cultural
events. For example, Tai Chi classes, ballroom dancing, and
etc. The role of the Minnesota Chinese
Service Center (MNCSC) is essential for the well-being of the Chinese community
since we the only established organization that can provide social
services in the Chinese language.
In Minnesota, there are
Chinese student organizations, children’s language schools, and
dance companies. However, MNCSC is the only group offering just
social services to the Chinese Community in a culturally specific
newly immigrated and refugee Chinese find themselves needing
assistance with jobs, social services, language and
citizenship, health and transportation. Many older Chinese find it
difficult to learn English and pass the citizenship test, which are
essential for living in the United States. Over the years,
the number of Chinese needing social services have been increasing.
The Minnesota Chinese Service Center strives to provide assistance to those
seeking help. Our goal for 2004 is to increase our visibility to the
community and to establish ourselves as a place to go for help for
the Chinese community.
years of informally providing assistance to newly arrived Chinese
and elderly Chinese, Wendy Mui saw the need to create the Minnesota
Center. She took the
lead in creating the first Board of Directors, getting the
organization incorporated and obtaining 501(c)(3) status. Since its
formation more than three years ago, the
limited services with volunteers and donated space. It is located at
in St. Paul.
2002, MNCSC began the "Adopt-A-Grandparent" program. The
program aimed at bringing Chinese elders together with families with
adopted Chinese children. By bringing the two together, we hoped to
have a cultural exchange.
2003, MNCSC will be starting ESL classes to help teach necessary
English skills to those who lack basic English skills or wish to
improve their English.