"Serving the Immigrant Community"
2006 Community Report
Report On The Somali Community
The SCAO staff, continues to work diligently to meet new needs by providing additional services in the coming year.
The Somali Community Association of Ohio opened its doors and started providing services since 2000. Many individuals and groups from a wide range of Somali political and geographical locations work with the SCAO to provide services to the Somali community in Central Ohio. Dedicated and skilled staff from their own country, who knows their language and culture, has helped thousands of individuals and families to learn about the culture and lifestyle in America. Our organization is proven to be invaluable to the Central Ohio community by designing our services to provide a truly unique environment.
As a 100% non profit organization, we rely entirely upon funding and resources received from the government, foundations and other non profit organizations to sustain our services. Many of SCAO’s programs are run and staffed by volunteers, who donate their time and energy to assist the community’s neediest individuals. However, in order to continue these valuable services and add to our capabilities to offer others, we must receive additional funding at a greater level. This is only possible by partnering with government agencies and others who are willing to share responsibility and resources.
Over the past six years, we have assisted over 60,000 people with various services.
The following table shows the number of people helped in each area by year:
The Future of the SCAO
As the Somali community continues to grow, so will the needs of the community. Unless decisive action is taken now, serious issues could easily arise. In order to prevent future problems, our staff is working diligently with law enforcement, political action groups, community organizations and government agencies to improve and maximize the services we currently offer. Most of the contracts we received were only based on performance and the results show that we have exceeded the required contract allowed numbers. Therefore, if are able to receive more support this organization will able to expanded its services and its capacity.
Following is a list of crucial services we have determined must be provided in order to overcome the daily challenges this community faces so the community can become viable productive members of the mainstream Americans:
• Expanded educational opportunities for adults and children
We believe that it is in the united power of SCAO’s committed staff, volunteers and funding partners to fulfill this organization’s mission of self sufficiency, economic empowerment and productive citizenship for every member of our community.