Sewa-Aifw is a nonprofit committed to serving, supporting, and enhancing family wellness for the South Asian community by providing health care access and resources, domestic abuse & family violence support, elder socialization activities, LGBTQ+ community support, and youth relationship building. We are unique in that our services are for the community, by the community - and thus culturally-specific.
This year we increased our meals program for seniors to serve many who have experienced hardships during the pandemic, and have been providing meals for various food distributions after the riots in Minneapolis and just general distributions for communities.
As we deal with domestic violence, we have seen an unfortunately high rate of calls and incidences arising with added tensions due to the pandemic.
Furthermore, we have seen an increase in mental health-related calls. Our community is often unwilling to discuss mental health and even more averse to seeking and receiving help. We have taken the initiative and started the conversation, offering free mental health consultation appointments since May. Our various group meetings over Zoom also provide a mental health break to many who are physically distanced from family, friends, and support systems.
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SEWA-AIFW originated from a desire to meet the unrecognized & unmet needs of the South Asian community in Minnesota. SEWA means, “to serve” in Hindi, and was created to promote Total Family Wellness for South Asians in Minnesota through culturally specific programs. SEWA began as a small group of volunteers in 2004, and has since gained a dedicated and growing group of culturally trained staff & volunteers and has established programs designed to meet the needs of our communities.