Welcome to SCAO!

Our Mission

To advocate and promote self-sufficiency to the whole family through employment, education, cultural and social support and economic empowerment for immigrants...read more

Somali Community Highlights

  • 45,000+ Somali live in Ohio.
  • 25% of Somalis Immigrants speak English well enough to get a job, especially the young people.
  • 40% have become citizens of the United States of America
  • 80% live with their families
  • Average Family has 7-8 members
  • 99.9% of Somali are Muslims
  • 57% are eligible to become U.S. Citizens
  • More than Four Hundred Somali business have been created by Somalis.
  • More than One Thousand of Somali's are attending Ohio Colleges and Universities.
  • The number of Somali's living in central Ohio will continue to increase in the next 5 years
  • Unemployment is rate is higher 5% then state average rate.

It is crucial that greater services at a higher level are offered to our community's neediest families.  Below is a list of services we have improved for 2010:

  • Educational opportunities for adults and children.
  • Immigration and Citizenship Assistance.
  • Housing Availability and Affordability Assistance..
  • Youth Programs and Leadership Development
  • Senior Citizen Services
  • Community Advocacy
  • Public Safety Awareness Programs.
  • Case Management.
  • Interpretation and Translation Services
  • Employment and Job Training
  • ESL Classes
  • Summer youth Programs

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Brief History


Somali Community Association of Ohio


SCAO - 2010