We believe every person has a choice to live with dignity and not dependence. The primary work of the Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota is to work with low-income immigrants and refugees of diverse backgrounds to meet their basic needs without public or private assistance. Our organization facilitate access to work supports for families and enable individuals to design strategies and budgets that enable them to reach self-sufficiency and self confidence. VSS of MN partners with a range of government, non-profit organizations and community-based groups, from workforce councils to state and federal agencies, as well as a variety of economic opportunity initiatives.
Path to Self-Sufficiency
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 road-map 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.
Ignite your Passion and Spirit
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.