Dear SDC Supporter,
You are cordially invited to the Somali Development Center’s 17th Anniversary Celebration and Executive Director’s Birthday on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Somali Development Center. The Somali Development Center has been a staple in the Jamaica Plain community for 17 years and we invite our neighbors to celebrate our anniversary with us at the center located at 205 Green Street next to the police station.
A Taste of Somalia will feature traditional Somali Foods, Hor D’oeuvres, Desserts and Somali Tea. We will also have Somali Music. Customary Henna Tattooing for Ladies’ hands is also available on site for $20. Tickets are $30. Proceeds will benefit the programs of the Somali Development Center. (See attached fliers for details)
The mission of Somali Development Center is to provide consistently excellent and accessible community services to all Somalis (and other African communities) in Boston, regardless of immigration status. These services help Somalis (and other African communities) in Boston, to obtain the basic resources, services, information and skills needed to build productive and self-sufficient lives in a new land. While strengthening the Somali community by promoting mutual assistance, cultural identity and leadership, SDC fosters the ability of Somali individuals and families to advocate on their own behalf and participate constructively in the larger community.
Our service population’s country (or countries) of origin are but not limited to Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana, Djibouti.
Some of their most pressing needs are:
1. Post-resettlement community services such as housing search assistance, advocacy, interpretation and translation
2. Basic adult literacy program and citizenship assistance
3. Youth employment, crime prevention and general youth adjustment issues
4. Elder care services
5. Newcomer orientation & acculturation related issues
6. Employment services including job readiness training and job search
7. Legal assistance in the areas of immigration, welfare, housing, domestic violence, and advocacy in the courts
8. Maternal-child health issues, health education and health care access in general
9. Mental health counseling and crisis intervention
10. Access to resources and information provided in constituents’ native language
I hope that you will be able to join us. To reserve tickets, please RSVP to Miss Hodan Mohamoud at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of attendees.
Abdirahman A. Yusuf
Somali Development Center
205 Green Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130