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Announcements brought to you by Cultural Bridges of St. Joseph, a committee of Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization. We are dedicated to ease your transition into our community.

Meet Omar Hassan

Members of the Cultural Bridges committee interviewed Omar Hassan, a refugee from Somalia who lives in a Morningside Townhome in St. Joseph with his wife and four children ranging in age from 18 months to 9 years.

Omar and his family moved to the United States in 2011 to escape unsafe conditions there.  They moved to St. Joseph in May 2015 because of available housing and proximity to his job at Golden Plump. Omar now works at Coleman Co. in Sauk Rapids and is going to school to learn English. 

Before coming to our city, he was fearful, wondering if the people would be friendly and helpful. With a warm smile and chuckle, he reports that this is a “good place.”

He has found people are both friendly and helpful. Adding to the warm atmosphere, he speaks enthusiastically about the teachers and administrators at Kennedy Community School. He attends parent conferences when he can and often visits the classrooms and lunchroom at Kennedy Community School.

Omar is committed to the hard work of raising his family, supporting them financially and learning English. He wants to learn English so he can help his children with their homework.

When asked what he wanted the people of St. Joseph to know, he said, “Everything good.” He is grateful for the quiet, safe neighborhood, his job at Coleman and the friendly, helpful people of St. Joseph.

If you have any questions, please contact Juliana Howard at 715-791-8976 or Khadija Salah at 320-345-0593.

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Omar Hassan (right) with his uncle, Daud Said.

Author: Mike Knaak

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