CAPI’s Basic Needs Programs

CAPI connects immigrants, refugees, and our communities with the nutrition, health, and human service resources they need to thrive. We offer a nutritious, culturally-specific food shelf while serving as a gateway to resources that move people toward greater economic stability and health. Through our food and nutrition programs, we promote healthy communities, partnerships, community involvement, and volunteerism.

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CAPI’s Fresh Produce Distributions will be held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. The distributions will begin on July 10th and end on October 9th, 2020 from 1-2:30pm. Distributions are first come, first serve based on numbers handed out beginning at 12:30pm. Participants may arrive at 12:30pm and after to receive a number. Numbers will not be handed out before that time.

The SNAP program is intended as a supplement to help individuals and families purchase healthy and nutritious foods. Eligibility for the program depends on your household size and income. CAPI provides screening and application assistance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) for people of all ages.

CAPI is a satellite distribution site for the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS), which is Minnesota’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program. This is a USDA program administered by the Minnesota Department of Health. The program is designed to provide a monthly box of healthy and nutritious foods to low-income individuals over the age of 60 at no cost.

The CAPI Gardens Project empowers immigrants and refugees, particularly immigrant and refugee women, to become community leaders through gardening and small-scale farming. The gardens create access to and utilization of affordable, healthy, fresh, and culturally suitable food for Hmong, Laotian, and other Southeast Asian immigrant families.

During the growing season, CAPI supports 325 urban gardeners as they raise 4,500 pounds of fresh produce from 15 community gardens. Produce is distributed to each gardener, with the remaining produce sold at a mini-farmers market. More than 2,500 lbs. of produce were distributed through the CAPI Asian Food Shelf.




CAPI’s Economic Empowerment Programs

CAPI offers employment and financial services to create pathways to economic independence for immigrants, refugees, and American-born clients. To create these pathways, CAPI staff provide culturally competent, linguistically appropriate, individualized services and tailored employment and/or financial plans for each client. CAPI’s Economic Empowerment programs serve over 900 people.

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CAPI’s Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)—funded through Hennepin County—strives to guide individuals toward employment while focusing on families. CAPI staff provide intensive case management, training and job coaching, and placement and retention services.

The Career Pathways program helps unemployed and underemployed refugees and immigrants find employment through credentialed training, paired with individualized career planning, work readiness, job search, placement, and retention services.

In partnership with Hennepin Technical College and MCTC, CAPI offers FREE NA training to earn a nursing assistant certificate and begin a career in healthcare. This course reoccurs every several months.

In partnership with TSC Connect, LLC, CAPI offers a hand soldering skills course. Upon successful completion, participants will graduate with the industry-recognized IPC-A and IPC-J-STD certifications.

In partnership with Century College and Osseo ABE, CAPI offers a foundational manufacturing certificate designed to help individuals begin a career in the manufacturing industry. Participants will learn basic manufacturing and warehouse skills, while also completing the OSHA-10 outreach training program.

CAPI has staff available to assist in connecting our clients to quality employers. Participants will also find help in resume building, gaining interview skills, and learning about professionalism at work.

With funding provided by DEED, CAPI is able to provide job placement services, credentialed training in hand soldering, and a nursing assistant certificate for the Southeast Asian community. CAPI currently has a Hmong speaking Navigator on staff ready to assist.

CAPI COVID-19 Resources

CAPI USA has put together a list of helpful resources should you find yourself in need during this time. We will update it as more resources become available. Resources include: info on the coronavirus, employment, food, utilities, housing, health insurance and mental health resources, families and education, financial resources, and immigration/legal resources.

We are here to help! Do you need help with food access? Do you need help with unemployment, taxes, or other benefits? Do you need to talk to someone about job search services or available training? Call us today! 612.767.3670

Check out their COVID-19 resources list here


Spark Leadership Fund

Beyond supporting organizations, we are also investing in individual leaders from the Asian, Black (African, African American), Indigenous/Native and Latinx communities who are using their expertise, networks and influence to address an urgent community need at this time. If this sounds like you, consider applying for our Spark Leadership Fund and get up to $1,000 to support your project.

Read more about the Spark Leadership Fund here

Stronger Together Fund

We are only as strong as our community is. That’s why CAAL created the Stronger Together Fund to support our communities. There are multiple reasons why Asian Minnesotans are not receiving support – among them is that reality that many Asian Minnesotan nonprofits are small, and they do not have relationships or track records with government and philanthropic funders. They may also lack capacity to respond to the many different opportunities. These barriers have made it so that many of the Asian Minnesotan communities remain invisible and thus few organizations have been unable able to garner support for the important work they are doing on the front lines of helping our most vulnerable Asian Minnesotan community members. That’s why we’re committed to making sure that organizations who are culturally and linguistically fluent are supported during this time. We are investing resources to support a broad base of these organizations and important responsive strategies across our diverse Asian Minnesotan community to make sure that we do get through this together.

Read more about the Stronger Together Fund here

COVID-19: We’re In This Together.

There are a lot of resources out there about COVID-19, and we are pulling together those most relevant to our community. Check out our new webpage:

Resources include: ● Resource kits in 13 South Asian languages ● Tools for reporting racial discrimination ● Our joint statement on condemning Asian American discrimination ● Low cost mental health therapy options ● Wellness activities and apps


Sexual Violence Resources


Muslim women across the United States and in our local communities are severely impacted by sexual violence, while often being excluded from white-centered conversations and resources addressing the issue. Reviving Sisterhood is committed to transforming our communities into safer and more empowering spaces for survivors and their loved ones by addressing and preventing sexual violence.

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At Reviving Sisterhood, we define a survivor as any person who has experienced sexual assault, whether or not they choose to share their experience publicly. The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. We use a survivor-centered model, meaning that the experiences, needs, and identities of survivors are at the core and drive the direction of all work addressing sexual violence.

Reviving Sisterhood’s approach to addressing sexual violence is survivor-centered and focused on helping in the healing journey. We provide professional resources to support survivors in their trauma, mental and physical health, legal involvement, and more.

Reviving Sisterhood offers trainings to build awareness of sexual violence, spur dialogue, and share tools for supporting survivors. We aim to provide language, resources, and other tools to help our community address sexual violence, beginning with naming and identifying it as a problem.

Reviving Sisterhood’s advocacy work includes public policy that aims to bring agency back to survivors of sexual violence. We believe and stand with survivors, taking action and mobilizing our network to support them through systems change.



COVID-19 Resource Hub

SEAD acknowledges that this current pandemic feels all too familiar to many in our Southeast Asian communities. We’re living in trying times that are uncertain, complicated, and heavy. Yet it’s not without forgetting the lessons of resiliency and perseverance that have passed down to us from our past and present ancestors. We’re grateful to pave ways to grow social empowerment ecosystems through cultural organizing, critical language, and just storytelling. SEAD’s commitment to the Southeast Asian diaspora still remains our core focus and in that spirit, we’re offering ways to pivot towards more innovative ways to do healing-centered and strategy-based storytelling.

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In-Language Resources – The two most important things to remember during this pandemic are 1) Stay home and 2) Stop the spread. Physical distancing (while still being digitally social) and staying home are critical to stop the spread of coronavirus. Share these key messages with your Burmese, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Lao, and Vietnamese communities.


COVID-19 Community Needs Request & Volunteer Form

EmergenSEA Corps is a small rapid response pod of young (healthy!) community members who are ready to help! We understand things can change at any time and want to assess and meet the needs and requests that come in. We are volunteer-led so please be patient with requests.

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To be efficient and effective with our response, we are only able to assist the following.

-Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and surrounding Twin Cities metro area within 10 mile radius.
-Southeast Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islanders who are refugees, immigrants, displaced, and/or vulnerable communities (elderly, immunocompromised, medically fragile, and frontline medical workers).

SEAD’s current resources that are provided from our team for free:
-Masks: Reusable hand sewn cloth masks
-Sanitizer: Mini spray bottles for travel only
-Saturday May Meals: Saturdays only for month of May (individually prepared meals, up to 6 meals per household)
-Essentials Transporters: Pick or drop off for essentials such as groceries, medications, etc
-Telehealth Line: General medical help via phone/video call by licensed nurse and physician assistant (currently English or Lao only)
-Care package [PENDING]: Limited digital + physical care packages in-language for Southeast Asian communities.

As a first rule of thumb, check in with your neighbors and loved ones if they already have resources to help. We try to respond within 24 hours of receiving each request and fulfill them within 2-7 days. If we don’t have the resource, we will direct you to the appropriate organizations and individuals who are able to help.

This is currently a growing community-led group hosted by The SEAD Project. If you have any questions, email [email protected] or call 612-987-7313.

Reviving Sisterhood | Anti-Racism Workshops

By following the Prophetic model, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment is rooted in the Sunnah and reminded of the diversity of identities and how they show up. These workshops provide language, examples, tools, techniques and most importantly sisterhood in order to change a system. If your organization or group would like to receive training, contact the organization for more information related to pricing, timing and details about each workshop.

Read more about their Anti-Racism workshops here

Anti-Racism workshop topics include: intersectionality, confronting white supremacy, unveiling unconscious bias, Muslims & the myth of the racial superiority, ally as a verb, and Islamophobia & antisemitism.