The inside of MORE's current location, a house in St. Paul's North End neighborhood has been described as warm and welcoming, like walking into someone's home. Unfortunately, we have some accessibility and mobility challenges on the outside of the building that can challenge some visitors. In order to have more safety and accessibility at MORE, we would like to install an ADA ramp to the front door, allowing visitors access to MORE's main level, as well as a sidewalk on the side of the house that will allow safer access to our main door from the front of the building.
The purpose of this Campaign is to raise $11,000 to match the City of St. Paul STAR Grant that we've been awarded for this construction project.
One foot of construction costs approximately $50 - 230 total feet of Ramp and Sidewalk is required for this project
You can donate according to the number of feet of Ramp and/or Sidewalk you'd like to provide!
Thank Yous & Incentives:
- Every donor will receive a Beatles' Abbey Road-type of digital photo taken on the newly installed sidewalk
- Donors of $100 or more will be recognized on one of the mile markers at MORE's Run for Refugees 5K on Saturday, July 15th at Lake Phalen in St. Paul, MN
- Anyone that raises or donates at least $1,000 with an individual donation or through a personal or team fundraising page will be able to have their own initials, or the initials of a person they choose, etched in the new sidewalk
- The Individual or Team Fundraiser that raises the MOST FUNDS for MORE's Campaign will choose the t-shirt color for MORE's Run for Refugees 5K (out of three colors that will be provided)!
Responding to the Concerns of MORE's Community:
"You will always be safe and welcome at MORE."
Dear MORE Community,
All of us at MORE take our responsibility to support new Americans as they settle into our community very seriously. While we cannot control what happens outside of our doors, we can work hard to make sure our Participants feel understood and secure while at MORE. Recently, we held two gatherings to provide some reassurance about the future to our Participants and Ourselves. Almost 60 New Americans with eight languages being interpreted including Karen, Burmese, Somali, Amharic, Nepali, French, Spanish and English, heard this message:
"We care about you and your families as our neighbors. None of us know exactly what will happen in the future. We will listen to you. We will continue to hold meetings like this and provide you with facts, answer your questions, and support you. We will stay strong and get through this together. You matter to us. You are important to us. You will always be safe and welcome at MORE."
There were tears, hugs, hand-shaking and gratitude. So much gratitude. All were extremely appreciative of the meetings, including the staff and volunteers. MORE's Education Program Manager, Hayley Drozdowski says it best, "None of us knows yet what will happen. But I do know that we are #strongertogether, and I'm a member of one of the strongest communities that is open to anyone. And for that, I am endlessly grateful."
MORE is a multicultural community-based organization providing refugees and immigrants with the education and support they seek to become fully engaged members of our community.
MORE has a longstanding commitment to focusing its efforts on services targeting New Americans in these areas:
Economic Opportunity and Security
English Education/Workforce Readiness
Strong Human Services and Family Support
Last year, MORE served more than 1200 people in our programs. We believe that one of our strengths is that our doors are open to any group of new Americans. More than twenty cultures and ethnic groups have been served at MORE this year. They include:
- Karen (from Burma)
- Hmong (from Laos)
- Karenni (from Burma)
- Oromo (from Ethiopia)
- Amharic (from Ethiopia)
- El Salvadorian
- Chin (from Burma)
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