HAP is a nonprofit social service and community development organization founded in 1990 to address the needs of Minnesota's growing Hmong refugee community. HAP has advanced to become a well-established non-profit provider of transformational, entrepreneurial, community-focused social services and economic development programs serving the broader immigrant and refugee community. HAP serves over 15,000 clients annually, and offers programs across the nation.
We are proud that the broader immigrant and refugee community has sought out our services. 95% or more of clients are representative of communities of color, the vast majority of who originate from refugee and immigrant communities. The majority of program participants live in the Frogtown and East Side neighborhoods of Saint Paul. Our staff members are collectively fluent in 18 languages, including Hmong, Karen, Karenni, Nepali, Hindi, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Khmer, Somali, and more, allowing us to serve immigrants, refugees, and American citizens of myriad ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
HAP's mission is to empower the community to embrace the strengths of our cultures while achieving our potential. HAP achieves its mission by:
1. Improving the lives of individuals and families in our diverse communities through culturally sensitive social services
2. Strengthening neighborhoods through housing, community and economic development opportunities
3. Promoting the rich heritage of our ethnic communities
HAP endeavors to become a Twin Cities leader that is a full-service community and economic development agency serving people of all backgrounds with cultural competence and large-scale impact. Our strategic goals in each impact area between 2017 and 2021 are:
1. Workforce Development: The communities we serve improve their employability through life-long education, training, and employment services
2. Economic & Community Development: The communities we serve are economically prosperous and healthy
3. Children & Family Services: Partner with families, partners, and communities to improve and strengthen their capacity to provide for their children’s physical, mental health, and educational needs
4. Health & Wellness: An integrated, holisitic health system that attends to the physical, emotional, social, mental, and intellectual health of the communities we serve
5. Social Enterprises: Services and programs address the cultural, social, and economic needs of our community while generating revenue to support our growth
6. HND: United Hmong communities to be empowered to be agents of change in the social, economic, and educational issues that impact their families and communities