Be the Force for Unity

Who We Are

MISSION & VISION

Our Mission

The mission of Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota is to maintain the identity of the Minnesota Vietnamese community while addressing the basic economic, educational, and health needs of refugees and immigrants statewide while promoting healthy and thriving communities.

Our Vision

Shaping the future by fostering trusting relationships through partnerships, preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge and sharing our resources for unity.

OUR PRINCIPLES

Heritage

Our programs are created to enhance and uphold Vietnamese and other family values


Transparency

Communications with the community to be conducted in an open and honest manner


Purpose

Our purpose and belief is to serve the community. Committed to keep traditional and cultural values alive


Inter-generational

We will continue to uphold inter-generational values and beliefs


Enhancement

Working towards enhancing the ability of the community to maximize their success in the United States


Dedication

Dedication to working in cooperation and collaboration with other organizations

OUR VALUES

Cultural Preservation

VSS of MN promotes the preservation of cultural heritage as a means towards a deeper understanding of our shared humanity – the need to express ourselves through creative achievement in the arts, literature, architecture, and technology. We honor the history and integrity of achievements in the humanities and science through the preservation of cultural materials for future generations.


Diversity

Believing that the wide array of perspectives resulting from diversity and inclusion allows all organizations to be more effective, we are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our nonprofit sector. We are also dedicated to greater diversity and inclusion within our own organization and provide equal opportunity to people of all races, ethnicity, religions, genders, sexual orientations, gender identifications, abilities, incomes, marital statuses, ages, geographic locations, philosophies, and veteran statuses in all levels of staff and governance.


Community

Organizing and engagement are the two key factors in our line of work. No nonprofit organization exists in a vacuum; the most successful ones collaborate with other agencies and partners in their community. VSS of MN recognize the primary importance of human relationships. We understand that relationships between people in the community are important vehicles for change, advocacy and equity. We engage clients, other professionals and community program staff as partners in the healing and helping process.


Empowerment

We empower our client base to live a better life. We challenge each other to strive for excellence and to continually learn and embracing continuous improvement, bold creativity and change.


Resiliency

Nonprofits are going to face tough times, loss of sponsors, grants and donors. It is times like these we must have a core value of resiliency, looking for the next opportunity.


Integrity

Our nonprofit accepts government funding and public donations, it is crucial that our agency remains beyond reproach. Not only we must pursue honorable initiatives, but we must conduct business in a way that is honest, transparent and ethical. Our agency will always act in trustworthy ways. We must maintain a continual awareness of our organization’s mission, professional values and individual ethical standards.


Respect

With philanthropy being the giving of time, talent or treasure, respect your donors’ and sponsors’ time, the path they took to achieve their wealth and the time they share to help our agency.


Responsibility

Take responsibility and look for opportunities to be a problem solver, pacesetter or innovator. Our nonprofit have a “DNA” of innovation and a responsibility to create such a culture. We also strive to meet the highest ethical standards.


Service

The primary goal of our agency is exemplary public service through helping people in need to address, manage and resolve various social problems. We must always elevate public service above self-interest and personal gain. We cultivate and train our staff and set tangible benchmarks for our organization and routinely succeed them.

“The world is large, varied and beautiful in its diversity. Travelling to different lands or learning from those who have come to the United States from other reaches of our globe teach us that people live differently in other places. This simple knowledge allows us to live freely and to choose how we want to live. The world is open. Its arts and crafts reflect our beautiful differences, our own inherent wondrous freedom of choice and our common humanity, perhaps divinity, and authentic sharing of this home we call the world” – Randy Feldman

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