Oct. 5 news for refugees

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Announcements brought to you by Cultural Bridges of St. Joseph, a volunteer-run organization and committee of Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization. We are dedicated to easing your transition into our community.

Check this space to make announcements that especially apply to our Refugee Neighbors in St. Joseph as well as those whose first language is other than English. Please tell your family and neighbors about this information.

If you are at least 17 years of age and are not currently enrolled in a regular English as a Second Language (ESL) class, call Quarryview Education Center at 320-370-8220 or e-mail them at abe@isd742.org. Adult Basic Education is in Quarryview Education Center, 800 Seventh St. S., Waite Park (next to Discovery Community School).  Once you are signed up at Quarryview, St. Joseph offers ESL classes in two different locations, one in the morning and the other in the evening.  Ask at Quarryview, and they will give you directions.

If you have school-age children, they can get help at Homework Helpers Tuesday through Thursday from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at Henrita Academic Building on St. Benedict’s Campus off College Avenue.

The food shelf has moved to a new location.  Go south on College Avenue past Minnesota towards the college and turn left at Callaway (right if you are going north).  Make the first left after passing the government building.  It will be straight ahead once you turn (near the field).  Don’t forget that volunteers from the food shelf are there to help you on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 – 3 p.m.  You may shop once a month.  Be sure to bring a photo ID and current proof of residency (utility bill or rental lease) with your name on it as well as birth certificates for each of your children under 18 the first time you shop.  Once you have signed up, you only need your photo ID.  

Transportation:  Tri-Cap is there to help you.  If you have a medical appointment, call Tri-Cap at 888-765-5597 at least 24 hours in advance.  They will pick you up at the curb closest to your address and drop you off at your doctor’s office.  The cost is $3 one way.

If you have any questions, please contact Dianne DeVargas at 320-345-0593. Please share this message with other refugees and immigrants you know who live in St. Joseph.

Author: Mike Knaak

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