It’s in the news everyday – people forced to leave their homes and countries because of well-founded fears of persecution or death. Perhaps your fore-parents came to the United States for the same reasons. “The only thing stronger than fear is hope, ” reads a UN Refugee Agency poster. REACH Together was established in 2015 to keep that hope alive for those jumping off the proverbial cliff and landing in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of east St. Paul.
REACH Together is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded by five women from diverse backgrounds (two Karen-Americans, two Hmong-Americans, and one Caucasian-American), all of whom had several years of experience working in different capacities at a nonprofit agency. Four came as refugees, themselves. Their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives gift and guide the organization with balance and insight–and offer a special kind of leadership.
It is important to note that, while the majority of REACH Together’s students and participants are Karen refugees from Burma/Myanmar, it is not a “Karen organization.” It is a community resource that will realign its focus and programs as the needs of the community change. Everyone and anyone is welcome to participate in its programs.
To improve lives through education, advocacy and collaboration, primarily in neighborhoods with concentrated refugee and immigrant populations who possess limited English proficiency.