ANNUAL REPORT

LAO ASSISANCE CENTER OF MINNESOTA FISCAL YEAR 2017 ANNUAL REPORT JULY 1, 2017 TO JUNE 30, 2018

History & Mission Statement: Established in 1983, the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota (LACM) has a mission of enhancing the quality of life of Minnesota Lao families. LACM employs five Lao-speaking staff and a full-time AmeriCorps/VISTA member who work together to serve more than 4,000 Lao community members who live in Minnesota (primarily in Hennepin County).

Board of Directors

Officers

Douangvixay Sithimolada, President

Kerry Fongthavisay, Secretary

Rattana Sengsoulichanh, Treasurer

Directors

David Zander

Jeffrey Sisomnuk

Staff

Sunny Chanthanouvong, Executive Director

ChongchithSaengsudhom

Vilamone Tran

Linda Homsombath

Phits Nantharath

Pany Siharath

Chindavone Sprester

Sharon Rebar – AmeriCorps member

Thom Vadysirisack – Senior Community Service Volunteer

Program Highlights

Walk-in Services: 2,041 Lao community members received help with translating documents, applying for benefits, consumer advocacy, and much more. 110 were offered refugee and immigration services by a multi-lingual volunteer and LACM continued to host a Hennepin County unit Lao-speaking advocate who assisted 115 walk-in clients.

 

Health Services: LACM partnered with Prevention Minnesota, Hennepin County Public Health Department, the Minnesota Health Department, Minnesota Department of Human Services and Northstar Gambling to facilitate public health information and outreach pertaining to tobacco and suicide prevention, healthy living and gambling research, prevention and intervention strategies. A total of 530 people participated in surveys, focus groups, group presentations and one-on-one services.

 

Housing Counseling Services: LACM provided housing counseling services to 116 members, 36 received one-on-one pre/post counseling, 14 received remedies that resulted in keeping their homes, 56 sought rental assistance and 4 purchased a home during the year.

 

Civic Engagement: LACM administered 4 different engagement projects including (1) the SE Asian Engagement Project in Minneapolis, (2) Warroad Lao Engagement, (3) Blue Line Coalition Engagement and (4) Voter Participation. Approximately 2,007 community members were engaged in these projects. Key outcomes included 17 different engagement sessions with Minneapolis leaders and Lao community members in Warroad, 398 voter registrations, 550 voter pledges and 500 people participated in voter education.

FY 2017-2018 Donors 

$50,000+

Hennepin County

$25,000 – $49,999

Otto Bremer Foundation

DHS

Minneapolis Foundation 

$10,00 – $24,999

City of Minneapolis

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Richard Schulze Family Foundation

Headwaters Foundation for Justice

$5,000 – $9,000

Wells Fargo Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FY 2017 – 2018 Financial Position

July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018     

Assets

Cash………………………………………………………………….       $144,440

Accounts receivable…………………………………………..       $65,197

Prepaid expenses………………………………………………       $1,575

Fixed assets less accumulated depreciation………       $1,051

Other assets……………………………………………………….       $1,750

TOTAL ASSETS……………………………………………….       $214,013

 

Liabilities  

Accounts payable…………………………………………………     $7,929

Other current liabilities…………………………………………    $8,218

TOTAL LIABILITIES…………………………………………..     $16,147

 

Net Assets

Unrestricted assets ……………………………………………….    $139,866

Temporarily restricted assets…………………………………    $58,000

TOTAL NET ASSETS……………………………………………     $197,866

 

Total Liabilities and Net Assets…………………………     $214,013

 

Income & Expenses

Income

Government

Contributions…………………………………………………………..     $105,793

Other Revenue…………………………………………………………     $114,951

Earned & Miscellaneous…………………………………………..     $195,110

                                                                                                   $11

TOTAL REVENUE………………………………………………….    $415,865     

 

Expenses

Program Services……………………………………………………..     $329,003

General Management/Administration………………………    $28,765

Fundraising……………………………………………………………….    $14,924

TOTAL EXPENSES…………………………………………………     $372,692

Net Income…………………………………………………………     $43,173

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