CAPI Brooklyn Blvd


CAPI is dedicated to building vibrant communities and helping Minnesota’s newest immigrants and refugees navigate the services and systems they need to thrive. CAPI’s mission is to guide refugees and immigrants in the journey toward self-determination and social equality. CAPI’s vision is that all refugees and immigrants lead successful lives and exercise fully their civic rights and responsibilities. The organization’s approach is based on an equality and asset-based framework. CAPI believes that to effectively guide refugees and immigrants on their journey toward self determination and social equity, we must utilize our communal voices.


5930 Brooklyn Boulevard
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429


Business hours

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm


CAPI’s programs are organized around four core service areas. They strive to help refugees and immigrants gain access to jobs, housing, food, health education, and youth and senior social services in order to promote economic independence, self-determination and social equality.

1. Food and Nutrition

  1. CAPI offer nutritious, culturally-specific food shelves while serving as a gateway to resources that move people toward greater economic stability and health.
    1. Food Shelf Information
      5930 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center MN 55429
    2. Mondays 1:00pm – 4:00pm
      Tuesdays – Thursdays 9:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
      Fridays CLOSED
    3. New participants must schedule an appointment beforehand to complete an in-take application or come to walk-ins on Monday from 8:30am – 3:00pm for in-take applications
  2. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    1. CAPI provides referrals to SNAP and assistance with food stamp application for individuals and families
  3. Community Gardening
    1. The CAPI Gardens Project empowers immigrants and refugees, particularly immigrant and refugee women, to become community leaders through gardening and small-scale farming. The gardens create access to and utilization of affordable, healthy, fresh, and culturally suitable food for Hmong, Laotian and other Southeast Asian immigrant families.

2. Health and Human Services

  1. CAPI provides culturally and linguistically appropriate access to health care, health information, and immunizations; offers senior programs and refugee social services; and support caregivers.
  2. MNsure Enrollment: bilingual staff and volunteers help immigrants and refugees understand, apply, and enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace.
  3. Immunizations
    1. Outreach/education in the community with a focus on immunizations
    2. Connection with medical home/provider
    3. Health insurance application/MNSure
  4. Hmong Seniors Program: to improve quality of life and prevent long-term nursing home placements by connecting Hmong seniors to support services in the community.
    1. Provides information and referrals to Hmong Seniors about housing, medical and financial services, including senior housing, Medicare/Medicaid, social security benefits, food stamps, and energy assistance. CAPI’s bilingual staff are also able to provide interpretation and translation services for Hmong Seniors.
  5. CAPI Caregiver and Eldercare: encourages independent living for elderly refugees by empowering their caregivers.
    1. Social program activities
    2. Transportations for shopping, medical appointments or other activities
    3. Volunteer companions
    4. Case management services
  6. Refugee Social Services (RSS): assists newly arrived refugees (those who have lived in the USA for less than five years) access housing, transportation, childcare, healthcare, community resources and more.

3. Workforce Development

  1. Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP): strives to guide individuals toward employment while focusing on families. CAPI staff provide intensive case management, training and job coaching, and placement and retention services.
  2. Immigrant Career Pathways: helps unemployed and underemployed refugees and immigrants find employment through credentialed training, paired with individualized career planning, work readiness, job search, placement, and retention services.
  3. CNA Training: offers free CNA training to earn a certified nursing assistant license
  4. Hand Soldering: offers a 120-hour hand soldering skills course. Upon successful completion, participants will graduate with the industry recognized IPC-A and IPC-J-STD certifications.
  5. Refugee Employment Services (RES): provides training, placement, and retention support to newly arrived refugees including Karen, Bhutanese, Somali, and others
  6. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Financial Literacy

4. Civic and Community Engagement

  1. Immigrant Women’s Network: seeks to mobilize diverse immigrant women around common social and economic priorities
    1. Shared vision of achieving a gender equitable world where all women and girls can expect violence-free homes and communities, access to education, health care and life-skills training that promote economic independence and collective vitality
    2. Transit Development: CAPI is actively involved in the planning of the Bottineau/Blue transit Line, and conducts outreach and education to immigrants and refugees regarding the development of the line
    3. Voting Information