Karen Organization of Minnesota

A nonprofit organization

"I cannot describe how happy I was when my son got better." "To all the parents in the community, I would like to tell them if their children are struggling with substance use and drugs, get in touch with the Karen Organization of Minnesota." 

- Moo Paw (video interview below)

The Karen Organization of Minnesota is the first social services agency in the country founded by Karen refugees from Burma. We offer a variety of programs to help refugees transition to life in a new country and achieve their goals. We also provide resources to help organizations learn how to work with this growing community.

Our Mission

The mission of the Karen Organization of Minnesota is to enhance the quality of life for all refugees from Burma in Minnesota.

Our Community

Karen New Year in St. Paul

More than 17,000 Karen people live in Minnesota, making it the largest Karen community in the country. Minnesota is also home to more than 2,000 refugees from other ethnic groups in Burma. Refugees from Burma come to Minnesota for the same reasons many people do: to find good jobs, access high-quality education, and connect with a strong community. Learn more about Karen people and other ethnic groups from Burma.

Our Impact

KOM is a leading service provider helping over 5,000 refugees each year achieve their goals. Our success is due to:

  • Programs designed by and for the community: KOM is founded and led by refugees from Burma who understand the needs and goals of the community we serve.
  • Providing wraparound support: Our staff take time to understand each person’s situation and make sure they can access all of the resources they need.
  • Strong partnerships: KOM values working with partners to help refugees access more opportunities and to help other service providers learn how to work with this growing community.

Thank you so much to Moo Paw for sharing her family's story of her son's recovery through KOM's youth chemical health program.

Support from donors like you makes it possible for KOM to continue providing services without charge to individuals and families. We appreciate gifts in any amount to help refugees from Burma and around the world succeed in their new home.

TA BLUT DOE MAH (thank you so much) for your support!

To learn more about what we do, visit our website: www.mnkaren.org

Organization Data


Organization name

Karen Organization of Minnesota

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Education Health Children & Family Community

BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Serving




2353 Rice St., Suite 240
Roseville, MN 55113



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