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An organized group of African Immigrants in the Bismarck-Mandan community, African Immigrants Services of Bismarck-Mandan (AIMS) met with Mayor Seminary and City Administrator Keith Hunke today to discuss how their community has come together to facilitate the formation of of a cultural resource center to help new Americans as they establish their home in the the Bismarck community. They seek to achieve the goal of being invited to the table to collectively share ideas from multiple perspectives to help overcome concerns within in their community. Group members within the community identified the absence of a centralized resource center for the growing African immigrant population in Bismarck.
The African Immigrants Services of Bismarck-Mandan (AIMS) proposes to offer help to immigrants in several key areas including health care, education, legal forms and referrals and a proactive partnership for city-wide problem solving. They strive to develop a centralized resource center for the growing African immigrant population in Bismarck. While there are programs and services, many African immigrants fall through the cracks and struggle daily to locate social service such as health care, education and understanding cultural and legal interactions. They have designed a program, drawing upon their own immigrants' experiences to help others avoid the struggles they experienced when they first arrived as refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants.
They have experienced warm support from local residents, partners, institutions and individuals as they've begun to create and develop African Immigrant Services. For more information email: Africanaims@gmail.com.