Open House scheduled for March 31, 2015, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 23, 2015) — The Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM) is opening its doors to welcome the public, clients, partners, and supporters to its new location with an open house on March 31, 2015 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at 2353 Rice Street Suite 240, Roseville, Minnesota 55113.
The open house will provide an opportunity to gather old friends and partners of the organization and to introduce KOM to the new community in Roseville.
“Please join us as we celebrate the next chapter for our organization and the clients we serve” said KOM Executive Director Chong Bee Vang. “We are grateful to be welcomed into the community in Roseville and look forward to building many strong and lasting relationships here.”
The event will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce with Roseville Mayor Dan Roe will also be in attendance. A Karen drum and horn performance will follow with remarks from Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Kramer, Mayor Roe and community leaders within KOM and the Karen community.
Following the ceremony, KOM will invite guests to tour the new office building and speak to staff about KOM’s programs and services. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend.
The mission of the Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM) is to enhance the quality of life for all refugees from Burma in Minnesota. To fulfill this mission, KOM helps more than 1,000 refugees per year settle, integrate, and become independent in their new home through one or more of its main programs: Employment Services, Social Services, Housing, Community Health, Life Skills Education, and Youth Academic and Social Support. The organization received its 501(c)3 non-profit status in December of 2008. Since opening its first office in St. Paul in 2009, the organization has grown rapidly to 20 staff, most of whom are former refugees from Burma.
The Karen are an indigenous ethnic minority group from the mountainous regions of Burma and Thailand where they constitute the second largest ethnic group in each country. The Karen continue to be persecuted by the Burmese military junta, who have conducted acts of genocide against the Karen people for over half a century. Currently, the St. Paul area is home over 8,000 refugees from Burma, making it the largest Karen community in the country.