Who we are


Our Approach

SCRS is a "for-the-community, by-the-community" organization with continual input from the greater Somali community.  We value preserving cultural traditions while advancing each individual.


To promote and advance the social well being and the welfare of its members by providing much needed community and resettlement services.


All refugees and immigrant families thrive in an equitable world where they lead successful lives with personal responsibilities, economic independence and vitality.

Our Story

SCRS was formed in 1999 by a volunteer network of Somali refugees to directly respond to the needs of Somali refugee and immigrants, with a special emphaiss on their personal capacity.  SCRS was established as a public charity agency with IRS501(c)(3) status in 2000.

SCRS assisted newly arrived refugees from Somalia, and other East African countries, who were rapidly settling in Southeastern Minnesota, particularly the Rochester area.  In the aftermath of the fall of Somalia's government, the influx of Somali refugees increased and began to settle in the Faribault MN area.  SCRS then opened a second office in Faribault.

SCRS continues to assist refugee families to secure basic needs and resources for self-sufficiency and to acclimate to a new way of life.

Meet the Team


Abdullah (Sharif) Hared

Executive Director

Julie Olson

Julie Olson

Program Coordinator


Ardo Ibrahim

Youth Programs Administrator

    Abdirizak Wadhi     Abdiwahab(Wahbby)   Amina Aden        Jansen Gonzalez         Yurub Osman                                                           Abdullahi