Somali Community Center of Colorado

Somali Community Center in the News

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Mission Statement

Our aim is to provide the Somali Community with assistance to become self-sufficient providing education, access to technology, and assistance to integrate into the American society. Also to reach out to other, under-served Communities.

Governer of Colorado Bill Ritter and the Somali Community Center grad.img

About Us

Based in Denver, the Somali Community Center of Colorado was established in 1999 to promote education and cultural awareness, and to provide social and business programs for refugees and immigrants.

SCCC is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. We kindly accept any donations. Our staff and board of directors include multilingual educators, business professionals, and volunteers with many years of experience in responding to the needs of refugees and Somali immigrants through our refugee service.


To increase community awareness pertaining to the differences of American culture and the Somali culture and promote a smooth transition into American culture.

To promote the growth of the Community Center through networking with similar organizations, fundraising functions, and utilizing volunteers (especially Somali refugee volunteers) to reach out to the community as a whole.

To promote self-sufficiency through workshops, and educational seminars including but not limited to: Health Awareness, Community Referrals, English as a Second Language workshops, programs specifically geared towards refugee children, and assistance with Citizenship Training.

The Somali Community Center would like to extend our gratitude to Chinook Fund

"Chinook Fund supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social and economic justice in the state of Colorado. Our funding supports the most strategic work unfolding at the local level to address globalization, poverty, war, racism and environmental destruction.

Our Mission
Chinook Fund supports community-based organizations working on issues of social and economic justice throughout Colorado. A community foundation, Chinook Fund pools the resources of individuals and businesses to support the best of peer-reviewed grassroots organizations working for social change to improve the quality of life for all Coloradans." (cite:
This organization supports organizations like ours and thanks to their generosity we are able to provide the community with services and continue our struggle to keep our doors open through these tough economic times. We provide the Somali community in Denver with many services to the burdened underserved Somali community. We thank Chinook Fund for their generosity not only to us, but to everyone they help. We know the pain of struggling to help others and it warms our hearts that this organization has donated $2.5 million in 810 grants to 309 organizations! Thank you Chinook Fund.

Somali Youth at Risk Outreach Program (SYROP) provides a place for young people up to the 12th grade to meet, get together, and receive help with their studies, as well as a safe place to socialize with their peers, thereby, promoting a safe and supervised environment.

Babies Now FoundationWe would like to send a special thanks to the BabiesNow! Foundation for giving us a special grant of diapers to support the new fatherhood program here at the somali community center of colorado.


We would like to extend our gratitude to the Western Union and other Foundation's and organizations for their support and assistance in our SYROP Programs without their support it would have been hard for us to have a successful youth program Therefore we appreciate your consideration and kindness for our SYROP program. We would like to emphasis that this Free Services are available to the Somali and other Communities as well. we encourage everyone to bring their children to our after school programs.

Western Union Foundation Video at YouTube:

Somali Video

These links are sound clips of an interview done by a Somali American reporter, Fathia Absie, who is with VOA-Somali services.  The interview is with Daniel Sutherland, the former Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

English Version Somali Version

The interview talks about the mission and goals of the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.  Sutherland believes that an open-relationship is necessary between the United States government as well as the Somali American community so that the government can be aware of the Somali American community’s concerns.  Sutherland realizes that East-Africa is embroiled in conflict and that this causes Somali Americans stress because they are concerned about their homeland.  The Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties wants to make sure that Somali communities in the United States feel supported and understand the government resources that are offered to them.  It is important that the Somali American community, as well as all other religious and ethnic communities, know the civil rights protection and employment opportunities afforded to them. 


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