This program offers workforce development orientation, training, job placement, and retention services. It includes a successful Job Club component that allows clients to support each other as well as to work individually towards eliminating the barriers to employment that are specific to their situation, especially improving their language, math, and interview skills. Job counselors build relationships with local employers to facilitate the placement of program participants in meaningful employment. ACS has built a reputation for success in helping hard-to-place individuals secure jobs, which has resulted in other agencies referring their most challenging individuals to ACS.

To find out more about this program please call ACS at 612-721-9984.

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ACS assists families with resolving basic needs through intensive personal support and guidance, case management, advocacy, and referral. ACS has developed a culturally appropriate assessment tool that meets the linguistic needs of people with limited English speaking ability. Family advocates guide families to set and achieve goals on the basis of the assessment. They help families locate affordable housing and home furnishings. They provide hands-on guidance and follow-up to ensure that parents learn to independently manage daily living tasks such as managing money, scheduling medical appointments, navigating public transportation, and communicating with landlords. They help families obtain social services and enroll children in school and childcare. They ensure that families comply with government program requirements. Advocates help parents connect with resources that supplement their finances, such as MPHA, WIC, MAC, CCA, Fare for All, Energy Assistance, and area food shelves.

To find out more about this program please call ACS at 612-721-9984.

Household Items Referral
Do you need assistance with household goods and furnishings? We can help, please call 612-721-9984 to register for this service.

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ACS is an official partner with MNsure, if you need assistance in applying for health insurance through MNsure come in to our office between 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday or call 612-721-9984 for information about the MNsure program.

MFIP picMinnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
The Minnesota Family Investment Program, (MFIP), is the state’s welfare reform program for low-income families with children. MFIP helps families move to work. It includes both cash and food assistance. When most families first apply for cash assistance, they will participate in the Diversionary Work Program, (DWP). This is a four-month program that helps parents go immediately to work rather than receive welfare.

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Collaborative partnership between Goodwill Eastern Seals of MN and ACS: We enroll East African participants (fathers) in the collaborative FATHER Project model). Eligible participants are low-income fathers between the ages of 17 and 35 (in some cases up to age 40).

Enrollment is attained upon completion of intake and enrollment components, including the completion of the Fatherhood Plan. Provide intensive Case Management services and parenting groups to all East African FATHER Project participants. Participate as a collaborating organization in the areas of outreach, the coordinated case management model, and the service collaborative committee.

For further information about the Fathers Project or to schedule an orientation call Abdurahman Ibrahim at 612-724-3539.

Entrepreneurship Education
ACS has partnered with Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) to provide business development courses. First class ended May 2013 and the next class will start October 2nd, 2013 at African Community Services.

Seats still available for upcoming classes, to enroll please call 612-721-9984.

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