Founded in 1987 as a non-profit mutual assistance organization, the Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota (VSS) has since grown into a multi-service agency with programs in health education and promotion, youth development, elder services, English proficiency, and employment and job training. All of these programs work together to equip and empower individuals and families across the life span as they seek to become independent and fully functioning members of American society.
It takes strength of character to move from one form to another. We are constantly evaluating, listening, correcting, and innovating. We do not fail when we change course. We fail when we are unwilling to change when that is what’s needed.
We are not satisfied until we achieve meaningful, positive results. We do not see the challenges and ineffectiveness of the status quo as barriers to success, but as invitations to think creatively and to push forward.
Our determination comes from knowing what we are for, and not simply what we are against. Creating a roadmap for change requires the vision to see a better way, the belief that a better way is possible, and the conviction that justice demands it.
No person, community, or ecosystem exists in isolation and without interconnection. The well-being and happiness of human populations are inextricably linked with one another. None of us are truly free and content until each and every individual in the most vulnerable communities and ecosystems among us are safe and flourishing.
We are committed to honor the stories behind the statistics of social injustice and health and economic disparities. In doing so, we elevate the courage and resilience of those facing unspeakable challenges, and unleash the human capacity for empathy that has the power to change history.
The most effective solutions to brokenness and segregation are collaboration and unity. They will not be crafted in far-away offices by a powerful few, but by a diverse and collaborative community, with those most affected by the social injustice and hatred at the center.
We believe in the power of entrepreneurship – and an entrepreneurial spirit – to tackle global challenges, transform communities, create jobs, spur economic growth and close the opportunity gap that confronts far too many people here in the United States and around the world.
We believe that through entrepreneurship, we can create more vibrant communities, a stronger America and a more prosperous world, close the opportunity gap and scale creative solutions to persistent problems.
A sense of economic opportunity is like fire – when ignited, it spreads quickly. We intend to stoke the fire and support the visionary change makers ready to take action.
Be it an act of volunteerism, voicing an opinion, finding connections through online networks or turning contacts into national or global campaigns, citizen driven solutions are critical to challenging the status-quo and breaking down barriers to innovations that will improve the health of our communities, businesses, cities, nation and the world.
Citizens are ready for, and demanding, social change. They need better, smarter and more effective ways to enact that change and they need greater faith that their voice will make a difference. We want to catalyze the efforts of change makers who put citizens at the center of efforts to solve the world’s greatest social challenges.
The actions of one person have the potential to spark a movement. And we believe that it are movements created by engaged citizens that can lead to transformative change.