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Our Mission

To improve the lives of Somali refugees and immigrants in advocacy, education, employment, and housing needs in Central Ohio.

Vision: To build a thriving Somali community in Central Ohio.

Our Services

Case Management Employment Assistance Housing Legal Advocacy Youth Initiative

The Challenges

Housing presents a special challenge due to large family size, language barriers and lack of understanding of local housing practices. This results in overcrowding, evictions, complaints about fair housing practices

Funding

Our funding is through donors like you, Governmental Agencies and Endowment funds.

Each donation is very essential

Your generous contribution will enable us to keep fighting for the health, education and financial stability and successful settlement of members of our community. No amount is too small.

Mahdi Taakilo

CEO

How SCL provides help for people

Social Integration

We equip Somali refugees  to live with people of different races and beliefs.The SCL  teaches immigrants and especially refugee children the tools they need to integrate into American society. 

Youth Initiative
We seek to provide youth with positive American values, while retaining their identity, increase their self-determination and confidence, overcome language, culture and psychological barriers .

Case Management
SCL  Case managers coordinate with families in need  to link to services sought by the person or family. Connections are made to SCL and other nonprofit agency programs.

Summer Youth Employment Program
This  yearly program helps teens find jobs through the support of the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC) and the Ohio Department of Education.

Community

(SCL) supports entrepreneurship through partnerships with community organizations that offer assistance to immigrants striving for financial independence and cultural identity.

Client Testimony

Thanks to Somali community link I have been able to successfuly navigate the complex American System to find the help I need.

Background

An estimated 65,000 – 70,000 Somali immigrants have made Columbus, Ohio their new home. Many of the immigrants have relocated to Central Ohio from other U.S. areas. The city has a low cost of living, affordable housing and entry-level job opportunities. Refugees also found that the people of Columbus are tolerant of different races and beliefs. Somalis in Columbus have shown a tremendous amount of growth over the years. The staff and volunteers of Somali Community Link (SCL) educate and encourage people to become U.S. citizens. Our initiative has helped many Somali youth become the first in their family to attend college. 

There has also been much economic development among the Somali community with many starting their own businesses, restaurants and shops. We estimate over 750 Somali small businesses ranging from Mom & Pop shops to  trucking business and shopping mall venues are creating a positive economic impact in Columbus today. The Somali businesses thrive because of the high demand for goods not found in other stores, and due to the tight knit nature of the community. Many Somalis shop almost exclusively from these businesses, which make these businesses important pillars of the Somali community. Somali Community Link (SCL) supports entrepreneurship through partnerships with community organizations that offer assistance to immigrants striving for financial independence.

Volunteers

Volunteers are a vital part of SCL’s strategic plan to help children and families in our area. Every time you volunteer, you will leave knowing that you have helped to provide Connection and Hope for our neighbors in need.If you are
interested in volunteering with us please sign the volunteer form and we will get in touch with you.

Meet the Team

Mahdi Taakilo

President & CEO

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