Building Renovation and Expansion
Thanks to our community of supporters, the International Institute of Minnesota is poised to break ground in early 2021 to enhance and enlarge our building. The project will allow us to serve 500 additional New Americans each year and to expand our sought-after services.
Since 2012, the number of programs offered onsite has tripled, and the number of staff has doubled. From 2018 to 2019, program participation grew by 11%. We expect the demand for services will continue to grow, and we look forward to providing our clients and staff with a space designed to meet their needs and the needs of Minnesota.
In addition to generous philanthropic support, we are grateful to the Minnesota Legislature for advocating for this project. In October 2020, the Institute was awarded $3 million as part of the state’s bonding bill. Thank you to state legislative leaders for recognizing the importance of investing in New American communities, including the authors of H.F. 598 (Representatives Hausman, Her, Mariani, Becker-Finn, Lillie, Urdahl and Koznick) and the authors of S.F. 649 (Senators Housley, Cohen, Pappas and Senjem).
Thank you to all of the Institute’s supporters for your commitment to our cause. From the newest Americans to fifth-generation Minnesotans, our combined strengths will enrich our state and empower each new generation to thrive.
Note: During building renovations, the Institute has temporary office space in St. Paul at 2300 Myrtle Ave, Suite 140 as well as 700 Raymond Ave, Suite 100. The majority of our staff will continue working remotely, but we will be using offsite space for necessary in-person services. We anticipate returning all programs and staff to our Como Avenue space in December 2021.