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What is Project FINE?

Project FINE (Focus on Integrating Newcomers through Education), is a private, non-profit organization based in Winona, MN. We have been serving refugees and immigrants throughout Winona County since 1990.  Project FINE offers a safe place for newcomers, where they can feel comfortable sharing their concerns and find help to get connected to area resources.  Staff members and volunteers guide newcomers through community systems, help fill out job applications, give information, make appointments and interpret at various medical and business appointments.

As a result, newcomers are able to integrate into our community and voice their needs despite the language and cultural barriers.  Many newcomers have found jobs, and families who used to be on public assistance are now self-sufficient.  Through educational programs and services at Project FINE, newcomers are learning about the U.S. banking system, purchasing their own homes and becoming American citizens.  Project FINE provides communication and friendship, and helps to keep the hopes and dreams of newcomers alive.  In turn, the local economy is enhanced, our lives are enriched, and the American Dream continues.


Mission Statement

To strengthen and enrich our community by facilitating the integration of people who are ethnically diverse.


Vision Statement

To create a respectful and sensitive community.


Project FINE Interesting Facts

  • Started in 1990 with a grant from the University of Minnesota Extension to serve at-risk youth from non-English speaking families.
  • Project FINE is the only organization in the Winona area with a primary objective of serving newcomers with limited English proficiency.
  • As of the 2010 Census, the only population increase in Winona County was among diverse individuals.
  • We provide or participate in hundreds of hours of educational programming each year.
  • We maintain a roster of 63 interpreters for 24 languages.
  • Each year, Project FINE serves over 2,500 newcomers in our community.
  • Our funding comes from language services revenue, grants, private donations, and other service-based fees. Over 90% of our funds are spent on programs and direct service.

Project FINE Annual Report 2007

Project FINE Annual Report 2008
Project FINE Annual Report 2009
Project FINE Annual Report 2010
Project FINE Annual Report 2011
Project FINE Annual Report 2012
Project FINE St. Charles
Project FINE also has a welcome center located at
City of Saint Charles City Hall

830 Whitewater Avenue

Saint Charles, MN 55972



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