Address: 3824 West Vliet Street
Transportation: Students are encouraged to travel to/from site in pairs or groups.
By bus: From Wisconsin and 14th Street, take the #30 Bus towards 67th-Keefe to 40th and Cherry, then walk about 4 minutes to HAFA.
By car: Head west on Wisconsin Ave, turn right onto 16th street, turn left onto Highland Ave, turn right onto 35th Street, and turn left onto Vliet Street. HAFA will be on the right.
Approximate travel time by bus: 20 minutes (15 minute bus ride and a 4 minute walk)
Approximate travel time by car: 5 minutes
Days/Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-7:00pm
Description of Agency/Activities: Hmong American Friendship Association, commonly referred to as HAFA, is a non-profit organization founded in 1983. Hmong refugees founded HAFA to help improve the quality of life for all Hmong refugee families in the Greater Milwaukee area. In the 25 plus years in existence we have grown to serve, not only the Hmong population of Milwaukee, but also the community at large. Our primary goal is to promote self-sufficiency in those we serve by bridging cultural, social and language barriers and identifying resources that meet the needs of those we serve. The agency is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Southeast Asian Refugee families by promoting self-sufficiency and the preservation of cultural heritage.
HAFA's goals are: to help families become healthy and self-sufficient, to preserve and promote cultural heritage, to help children lean and play, to prepare young people for work, to foster an appreciation of cultural heritage, to assist families in overcoming barrier to growth and nurturance, to help workers secure employment, to overcome hunger through the farmer’s market and food pantry, to help families buy homes and make the lead safe, to bring medical care to those isolated from health systems, to assist refugees in becoming citizens, to pay heating bills and provide information about utility programs, to provide translation and referral services, and to support and honor the elderly population.
Student Role in Agency: Students will work in tutoring and mentoring roles, as well as assist in every day tasks.
Commitment: Orientation and training, plus one after-school program per week.