What We Do

What We Do

Mission & History

Organization Description

SW Somali Community of Oregon was established February of 2016 to meet the needs of Oregon’s growing East African Community in Oregon. What would eventually become a social service agency. The agency staff consists of an executive Director, Four full time and three-part time case workers / Outreach staff.

SW Somali Community of Oregon is a non-profit and non-political organization striving to assist East African people living in Oregon originally especially newly arrived refugees in Oregon by providing advice, information, guidance and education for young people. However, we have diversified in response to issues identified to accommodate the needs of all sections of the Somali Community as a dedicated and specialist group.

Purpose of the organization

The purpose of the organization is to assist community members in obtaining information necessary to become self-sufficient and improve the overall quality of life. Help Somali refugee children growing up in Oregon to re-learn and sustain their ethnic heritage and identity and promote health emotional growth. Advocate improvement of living environment for the community. Bring the community together and strength the community ties through cultural fairs and education



SW Somali Community of Oregon’s mission is to empower African immigrants and refugees especially those from East African population in Oregon, our aim is to improve the well-being of the east African refugees and immigrants in Oregon and to work towards the full integration of refugees in the local community.

SW Somali Community of Oregon serves the community through a variety of services, children and youth programs, senior programs, health and educational courses and workshops such as refugee parent educational courses, youth empowerment.


East African refugees and other immigrant communities settling in Oregon face many challenges relative to housing, employment, education and healthcare, Somali Community of Oregon will continue to provide ongoing support in all these areas.