Where American Indian Families Thrive!
"The Family Center is a warm, safe, healing place of support. The programs and staff have seen our family through crises, instability, and change for a better life. Learning of our native heritage and sacred ways has strengthened us along the way. Deep gratitude! We have been blessed!" -- A community member served by AIFC
Healing Generations Program
The Healing Generations program is a mental health service that has been located at the American Indian Family Center since 1999. These services are culturally informed and tailored to meet the specific needs of our American Indian families. We provide mental health case management through this programming to provide wrap-around support for the complex needs of our clients. Many of these needs were related to crisis management and housing. We have provided mental health services to over 132 adults and 70 children in the past year.
We also attempt to support and grow young American Indian professionals through culturally specific internships and supervision so they are able to provide mental health services in the American Indian community. We have provided support to 5 interns and 4 graduate level therapists within the past 6 years. All 5 of those interns have graduated and went on to provide services. We have had 3 professionals obtain their licensure status through this support.
Soogizin Dodem (Strengthening Families)
Soogizin Dodem is an Ojibwe word meaning, “Strengthening Families.” This innovative programming was created in 2010 to address the complex trauma that exists in the American Indian community. This is a trauma-informed psychoeducation group that involves the whole family interweaving traditional culture and values with Western knowledge about how to understand and begin to heal from trauma. This group has been successful in our community and 6 families were served in 2015.
Wakanyeja Kin Wakan Pi (Our Children Are Sacred) Program
Wakanyeja Kin Wakan Pi is a culturally based chemical dependency program that focuses on assisting women and their children in obtaining and maintaining sobriety within the home. We utilize traditional Indian parenting models to provide parenting support while assisting women through Chemical Dependency models. Most recently we added a more extensive trauma informed curriculum for children. This programming assists children in recognizing triggers, learning self-regulation techniques, and provides emotional support. We served 29 women and 52 children in 2015.
The American Indian Family Center has provided women’s health services since 1991. This program was designed to address the high infant mortality rates in the American Indian community. This long-term programming has provided support through parenting classes that are culturally based. We have served over 32 women and their families in the past year.
Provides services to American Indian Men promoting a healthy lifestyle; including spiritual, cultural, and elder connections. We served 45 men this past year through diabetes education and prevention programs.
American Indian families receive employment and family stabilization services at the American Indian Family Center through Ramsey County referrals. We served 255 individuals in 2015.
Provides services to American Indian youth ages 16-24, for employment and education related goals, access to supportive services, post-secondary and career options, assistance in obtaining a GED or diploma, resources for occupational skills training, and leadership development opportunities. We served 17 youth through this program in 2015.
Kindergarten Readiness (Early Childhood Education):
Early childhood education and kindergarten readiness are a focus of collaborations between the American Indian Magnet School (AIMS), the Montessori American Indian Childcare Center, Saint Paul Indian Education and the American Indian Family Center. Pre-K education offered by AIMS integrates Dakota and Ojibwe languages and cultures into the lessons and classrooms. The AIFC’s Home/School Liaison and Early Learning Outreach Worker are available to connect families to resources and services. There were 17 American Indian kids enrolled in the AIMS Pre-K program in 2015 and the goal was to have 10 American Indian students enrolled.
2015 Highlights and Outcomes