SFCN – Somali Family Care Network

We all deserve to have a home and to be safe.


A thriving and inclusive society where every individual, regardless of their background, finds the support, resources, and opportunities they need to lead fulfilling and self-sustaining lives.

About the founder

Somali Family Care Network (SFCN) was founded by Raqiya D. Abdalla in 2001. is a Somali sociologist and former politician. She has held a number of senior policy-making posts in governmental, non-governmental and international institutions, including as Vice Minister of Health of Somalia. She was also a founding member of the Somali Women’s Democratic Organization (SWDO), serving as the group’s Acting Chairperson and Vice President.


Before establishing SFCN, Abdalla conducted workshops nationwide on reproductive rights with refugee women from Iraq and Somalia as a consultant for Immigrant and Refugee Services of America (IRSA), a national voluntary agency that resettles refugees in the US. Her tenure as a consultant with IRSA offered Abdalla the opportunity to talk with Somali leaders and listen to the struggles and accomplishments they experienced in their efforts to serve the US Somali community. Through these discussions, it became clear to her that, while Somali leaders possessed a profound will and desire to advocate on behalf of their community, the grassroots organizations from which they organized these efforts often lacked the institutional capacity necessary to effectively meet the needs of their constituents. After leading SFCN for 15 years, Raqiya retired in 2017.


Vision: A future where every Somali family and individuals have access to the resources, education, and opportunities needed to lead fulfilling lives, while preserving and celebrating their rich cultural heritage.



Refugee Services

Refugee services encompass a range of programs and support mechanisms designed to assist individuals and

families who have been forced to flee their home countries due to conflict, persecution, or other forms of danger. These services aim to facilitate their successful integration into their host countries. Refugee services often include language and cultural orientation, access to housing and healthcare, legal assistance, psychological support, and educational opportunities. The goal is to help refugees rebuild their lives, regain self-sufficiency, and contribute positively to their new communities.


Immigrant Services

Immigrant services focus on helping individuals and families who have chosen to relocate to a new country in search of better opportunities,

improved quality of life, or family reunification. These services aim to provide newcomers with the tools they need to adapt and thrive in their adopted homeland. Immigrant services typically include language classes, cultural orientation, legal aid for immigration processes, employment assistance, access to healthcare, and community integration support. The goal is to empower immigrants to become active and productive members of their new society while preserving their unique cultural identities.

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Low-Income Services

Low-income services are designed to provide essential support to individuals and families

who are facing financial hardships and struggling to meet their basic needs. These services are aimed at alleviating poverty, reducing inequality, and promoting social inclusion. Low-income services encompass a range of offerings, such as access to affordable housing, food assistance, medical care, childcare support, utility bill assistance, and educational opportunities. These services are crucial in providing a safety net for vulnerable populations and helping them achieve greater financial stability and self-sufficiency.

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