Mission Statement

CAPI’s mission is to guide immigrants and refugees in their journey toward self-determination and social equality

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments Examples of CAPI’s programmatic impact in 2017 include: (1) Of the 763 individuals were served in CAPI’s 3 core employment programs (MFIP, Refugee Employment and Immigrant Career Pathways), 356 were placed into jobs and 57 earned an industry credential. The agency’s work was profiled in a 12/31/16 Star Tribune article; (2) CAPI’s Asian Food & Nutrition Services (rebranded to “Basic Needs”) provided emergency food shelf food to 506 unduplicated households (with 3,016 individuals). 506 heads of households completed annual intakes and public benefit eligibility screening. 441 referrals were made to economic support programs/services. 10 fresh produce distributions distributed 90,000+ pounds of fresh produce. CAPI sponsored 8 community gardens and assigned 161 gardening plots. 5 gardeners sold their extra produce to North Minneapolis markets and 128 households (with 458 children) were served in CAPI’s Toys for Tots distribution; (3) 193 received VITA services generating $326,112 in returns filed; (4) 628 were enrolled in a health plan with the assistance of a CAPI MN Sure certified navigator; (5) 72 Hmong seniors (ages 65+) and 56 adult caregivers were served; (6) 2,000+ people attended CAPI’s World Refugee Day (including 40 organizations); (7) CAPI’s AAPI Voting & Citizenship Coalition expanded to 5 sub-granted agencies (collectively securing 1,078 voter registrations and 3,292 voter pledges); and (8) CAPI launched a $1.84 million Immigrant Opportunity Center capital campaign.
Current Goals 2018 programmatic goals include: 1. Workforce development – (1) improvements with integrated services; (2) stronger employer development (especially in the Brooklyn Center/Park area); (3) increased placements; (4) DEED P2P renewal funding 2. Financial Services – (1) integrated as standard service with MFIP; (2) increased participation in financial education overall; (3) increased # receiving VITA services; (4) establishing homebuyer education workshops (Home Stretch) 3. Basic Needs – (1) double the hours of operation of CAPI’s new “walk-in” food shelf at the IOC (ensuring services are highly accessible to all seeking services); (2) increase client connections to other CAPI services; (3) develop in-kind donor relationships; (4) increase volunteer utilization; (5) increase produce brought to market 4. MN Sure – (1) increase to 3 multi-lingual Navigators 5. Hmong Seniors – (1) increase the # of seniors on elderly waivers; (2) make significant progress in billing DHS for elderly waivered services (this new revenue stream is necessary for sustainability/growth); (3) submit proposal to provide billable caregiver support services 6. Civic Engagement – (1) develop greater organizational expertise in voter participation and coalition building leading to doubling voter registrations, pledges and GOTV activities in comparison to 2017; (2) facilitate a more inclusive World Refugee Day and fund staff time to coordinate this large event; (3) renew the BCBS Temporary Workers initiative; (4) implement a citizenship strategy (if Coulter match funding made available) 2018 organizational goals include 1. Renew Charity Review Council accreditation 2. Open the Immigrant Opportunity Center to the public in April 2018 – moving out of two longstanding leases at Sabathani (food shelf) and North Point (MFIP and seniors programming) – and sustaining 2 multi-service centers (also including CAPI’s Lake Street facility). 3. Develop 4-5 new formal partnerships and tenant relationships 4. Make progress toward $1.84 million IOC capital campaign (raising $900,000+ by December 2018) 5. Transitioning in new managerial staff and board leadership and members. 6. Sustaining and/or expanding utilization of AmeriCorps/VISTA 7. Enhancing organizational capacity in the areas of individual donors, marketing and communication, and volunteer development and support
Community or Constituency Served CAPI serves low-income immigrants, refugees and native-born people.
Geographic Area Served CAPI serves people living primarily in Hennepin County and secondarily in Ramsey County.

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 07/24/2018

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5930 Brooklyn Boulevard
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Phone: 612-721-0122

General Information

Alternative Name: CAPI
EIN: 41-1417198
Principal Staff: Ekta Prakash
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 26.85
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 5,000
Ruling Year: 1982


Board Chair: Vinothini Ambrose
Number of Board Members: 9
Board Meetings with Quorum: 6
Average Member Attendance: 5.4

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