Support for Somali refugee families in Portland, OR
My Voice Somali Organization (MVSO) is a non-profit organization devoted the empowerment of refugees and immigrants in Portland, Oregon and its vicinity. We seek to educate them on how to achieve a prosperous life in their new-found communities, while preserving their culture and identity; how to become self-sufficient, as well as provide resources that meet their changing needs. We aim to offer support services, provide motivation, counseling (with their cultural needs in mind), general health education, substance abuse prevention, and interpreting services (as a basis for communication in an effort to start bridging the gap between refugee newcomers and social services for refugees and immigrant youth). Through these efforts we hope to become a driving advocate for the special needs of this growing population.