Arrive Ministries

Serving Refugee and Immigrant Neighbors Together

aka Formerly World Relief Minnesota   |   Richfield, MN   |  www.arriveministries.org

Mission

Arrive Ministries empowers the church to serve the most vulnerable especially refugees and immigrants in the Twin Cities. We are a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of the refugee and immigrant: Our Mission: Empowering the local church to demonstrate God's love as we welcome and bring lifelong transformation to refugees and immigrants in Minnesota. (We accomplish our mission by providing compassionate and holistic support to uprooted people in our communities as we collaborate with churches and community members. We empower, support and encourage one another to be God's agents of love, hope and care to our new neighbors).

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Mr Michael Bergman

Main address

1515 E. 66th Street

Richfield, MN 55423 USA

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Formerly known as

World Relief Minnesota

EIN

41-1763181

NTEE code info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Arrive Ministries works to address the worldwide refugee crisis with more than 70.8 million forcibly displaced people in the world and 25.9 million refugees. For those refugees who have been vetted and allowed to resettle in Minnesota and the more than 3.5 million asylum-seekers worldwide, some who find their way to Minnesota, we work to welcome them holistically and provide practical support in the areas of case management, housing, employment services, immigrant legal services and ESL.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Reception and Placement- Refugee

Arrive Ministries provides case management, employment services, assistance with the Refugee Cash Assistance program, English Language classes, and immigration help to newly arriving refugees.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Employment services for refugees seeking assistance with resume writing, job seeking, interview skills, transportation.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Assisting refugees and immigrants with the immigration process up to and including naturalization.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

ESL classes for Somalis living in the Twin Cities -17 total sites

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Empowering church teams to serve newly arrived refugee families

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Christian Community Development Association - Member 2010

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 1992

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Mission:

Empowering the local church to demonstrate God's love as we welcome and bring lifelong transformation to refugees and immigrants in Minnesota. We accomplish our mission by providing compassionate and holistic support to uprooted people in our communities as we collaborate with churches and community members. We empower, support and encourage one another to be God's agents of love, hope and care to our new neighbors.

Our Vision:
Seeing refugees and immigrants transformed economically, socially and spiritually, as we are transformed together by the Gospel. We accomplish our vision through authentic friendships, shared support and encouragement that result in mutual transformation. In partnership with the local church and volunteers, we help uprooted people find community, new opportunities, purpose and belonging in Minnesota.

General Program Strategy: Every year, from more than 20 countries, historically4,000 refugees arrive and resettle to Minnesota either as primary arrivals from refugee camps or as secondary arrivals from other states. In the past few years primary arrivals have decreased while asylum seekers have increased. We partner with over 50 Twin Cities churches and hundreds of volunteers to provide tutoring, English language training, resettlement support, church refugee gardens and friendship to refugees across the metro area and beyond.

Specific Program Strategy:

1) Refugee Life Ministries (RLM) works with partner churches to welcome and resettle refugee families who arrive in Minnesota from around the globe. Church teams are paired with newly arrived refugees to assist with home orientation, employment, budgeting, medical care, education, U.S. cultural orientation and ESL tutoring while sharing hospitality and friendship.

2) Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT) addresses the crippling condition of illiteracy among the more than 70,000 Somalis who make Minnesota their home. SALT has provided English language learning classes throughout the Twin Cities and in several other states to over 1,200 students. At many SALT sites, volunteer tutors work one-on-one with Somali students after teachers lead classroom instruction and literacy lessons, while other sites use an in-home tutoring model.

3) Church Refugee Gardens provide refugees with the opportunity to garden and make a familiar connection to the life our new neighbors once knew. These gardens also create an avenue for local congregations to build friendships with refugee families while helping them to put fresh food on their tables. Churches provide garden plots and help refugee families with gardening resources as they assist them to assimilate to American life.

4) Refugee Resettlement Services: Arrive Ministries partners with the local church, government agencies and community-based organizations to provide services for refugees, asylees and other immigrants in the Twin Cities metro area. Specific strategies include: Refugee Cash Assistance, Refugee Employment Services, Citizenship Classes,, Immigrant Legal Services, Refugee Social Services

Moreover, we serve our newest neighbors:
1) Through our Resources – Churches, small groups and individuals bless new arrivals when they assist with basic household goods, furniture and other necessities.

2) Through our Relationships – While making their homes in Minnesota, newly arrived refugees need new friends who will love them and help them to understand our culture and navigate the complexities of our educational, medical and government systems.

3) Through our Advocacy – Advocating within their churches and communities by facilitating educational opportunities, recruiting volunteers, and speaking on behalf of immigrants and refugees.

We are able to accomplish the above mentioned startegies through a number of strategic partnerships:

WithTransform Minnesota—Arrive Ministries (formerly World Relief Minnesota) was founded in 1988 incorporated as a 501(c)(3) subsidiary ministry of Transform Minnesota (formerly GMAE) in 1992. We are governed by a board of managers (directors) whose election is ratified by the Transform Minnesota board of directors. Transform Minnesota provides administrative services for Arrive Ministries (finance and accounting, human resources and payroll, donation processing and donor management; and other shared support activities).

With World Relief: World Relief is the international relief and development arm of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), and is headquartered in Baltimore, MD. Arrive Ministries partners with World Relief (US) and provides refugee resettlement services in Minnesota under the auspices of World Relief's national resettlement program.

With Lutheran Social Services (LSS): Arrive Ministries cooperates with LSS in a joint Refugee Employment Services (RES) program to assist refugees with job placement, employment mentoring and skill development.

With Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM): Arrive Ministries partners with KOM in a joint Refugee Social Services (RSS) program to assist refugees with Immigration Legal Services, housing, transportation and medical insurance.

With the Bhutanese Community of Minnesota (BCOM): Arrive Ministries partners with BCOM in a joint Refugee Social Services (RSS) program to assist refugees with Immigration Legal Services, housing, transportation and medical insurance.

One of our biggest goals is to match every newly arriving refugee family with a Refugee Life Ministries (RLM) team or new neighbor volunteer to assist with home orientation, employment, budgeting, medical care, education, U.S. cultural orientation and ESL tutoring while sharing hospitality and friendship. This has only been partially accomplished with just under 50% of families matched.

In the past 12 months, Arrive Ministries and our church partners:

1) Served 1300 refugees and immigrants through our Immigration Legal Services (ILS)
2) Connected almost 2,000 refugees to Church Refugee Garden plots at Twin Cities Churches
3) Helped more than 110 refugees find jobs
4) Served 50 Refugee Cash Assistance clients
5) Trained 250 volunteers with our Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT) and programs.
6) Matched 40 church teams to refugee and asylum-seeking families.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve churches and individual volunteers, partner donors, immigrants seeking legal help with immigration matters, refugees coming in from other countries, immigrants seeking employment.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We changed our training to better serve our refugee neighbors and continually update our cultural training. This is based on feedback we receive from our clients.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Government entities we are contracted with,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has allowed us to let all our participants be on equal footing so that there is no hierarchy.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, We do serve many different people groups and different language ,

Financials

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Operations

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Arrive Ministries

Board of directors
as of 7/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chuck Martel

Medica

Term: 2019 - 2022

Carl Nelson

Transform MN

Patrick Flowers

Xcel Energy

Mark Bendell

Pastor

Mindy Conradi

Delta Airlines-Retired

Jean Gatera

Internation Ass. for Refugees

Cher Moua

Cru Inner City

Natalie Schmidt

Emmanuel Covenant Church

Chuck Martel

Medica

Jill McFarling

U.S. Bank

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/30/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.