About Us

African Community Services (ACS) was formed in 1995 by a volunteer network of Somali refugees to help refugee families secure basic needs and resources for self‐sufficiency and acclimate to a new way of life. Today, African Community Services serves individuals and families who are immigrants from East and West Africa as well as other cultures. Although ACS has served a range of ethnicities, most of its clients are people of color. In 2016, 97% of the people it served were people of color, mostly from Somalia.
African Community Services is non-profit community based charitable organization based in South Minneapolis that provides settlement and integration services to new arrivals from Africa to facilitate their settlement to the Twin Cities and its surrounding areas.


  • The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) is the state’s welfare reform program. It helps families who have low income go to work and move toward financial stability. The program provides employment services
  • The Last Chance Employment project was designed to focus on increasing employability of immigrants and refugees – especially those who no longer qualify for federal resettlement funds. The project’s intent is to fill a gap in accessing employment opportunities. Project services were made available at the Grantee’s office located in Minneapolis
  • The Refugee Employment Services (RES) program helps refugees who have lived in the U.S. less than 5 years find stable employment. African Community Services had partner with number of employers who seek to provide good working environments for refugees.
  • The Refugee Social Services (RSS) program connects refugees with a variety of social services to help refugees meet their basic needs and integrate into the community such services includes Housing, Transpiration, enrolled into Health Plan, school activities and connecting to other community resources.
  • ACS is an official partner with MNsure, if you need assistance in applying for health insurance through MNsure come in to our office.
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