In September 2016, a small group of people gathered in a tiny living room in La Crosse to talk about how to help move our community forward. We wanted to fulfill a huge need for services in the Hmoob community, but had no funding, no space and only a small team of about 10 dedicated individuals. Six months later we had secured funding for a small office on the northside of La Crosse and had just enough to hire a limited number of staff members to run programs and provide services. We are proud to announce that Cia Siab, Inc. celebrates our anniversary in September. The journey here has not been easy and there are many obstacles ahead, but we carry hope in our hearts and continue to press forward with pure and conscious minds.
The mission of Cia Siab, Inc. is to provide culturally empowering advocacy to the Hmoob Community through holistic support services, with the revitalization of the Hmoob language and culture as the foundation.
The vision of Cia Siab, Inc. is to build a culturally vibrant Hmoob community. We plan to do that by providing culturally specific and holistic programming and services. Hmoob language revitalization plays a large role in Cia Siab's core values as we see it as the key to building a healthy and thriving community.