Welcome To The Center For African Immigrants Recovering From Drugs & Alcohol Addiction ~ We Help Reunite Families


The Centre for African Immigrants Recovering from Drug and Alcohol Addiction (CAIR) was established in March of 2010 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit combatting the rising rates of drug and alcohol abuse among African immigrants in Minnesota. CAIR's mission is to provide treatment, counselling and rehabilitation services, and to curb the risks and attending consequences associated with drug and alcohol addiction among African immigrants. CAIR has adopted a family-based approach to serving persons recovering from addiction, trusting that the family unit and community networks are essential support bases for the future development of the client.



Our programs are offered to residents of the State of Minnesota, and are designed to meet the needs of a specific population; adult women and men who are afflicted with the disease of alcohol and drug addiction.  CAIR draws from experience of their elders in the development and implementation of African Immigrant chemical dependency treatment programs. 



African immigrant and refugee families are CAIR's target population. They reside mostly in the Northwest Hennepin suburbs of Minnesota. CAIR involves a network of families and community groups to attain broader participation in the process of achieving long-term sobriety and sustained family stability. This approach has been effective and has significantly replaced previous ad hoc community-based programs that do very little to address issues of broken homes, drunk driving (DWI) offenses, drug overdoses, violence, recidivism, job losses, rising poverty, and homelessness. These are real recipes for the incessant poverty and homelessness that CAIR is addressing.


As it stands, local African-based community leaderships from Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya have estimated that 10% of alcohol-related encounters with law enforcement and judicial authorities happen with African immigrant males. In large part, African families tend to keep substance-abuse problems under wraps and the consequences are dire - it affects the larger society. CAIR's role since 2010 has been to educate families and communities about the risks and dangers of addiction, and empowers them to address these ills in their homes, including pursuing actions that reduce joblessness, homelessness, and in some cases deportation.



  • Individual and family counseling that integrates cultural and spiritual approaches to healing individuals and relationships;

  • The involvement of spiritual and community leaders during clients’ recovery process;

  • Mediation between clients and their families;

  • Providing housing assistance for homeless clients with specific cultural needs;

  • Helping to rebuild  trust between children and parents who struggle with addiction problem;

  • Helping husbands and wives in their efforts to support each other in order to overcome alcohol or drug addiction;

  • Helping to re-strengthen multigenerational connections so as to heal the entire family;

  • Using cultural mediation to help clients re-connect to the larger community;

  • Offering counseling and rehabilitation to families who are faced with the obstacle of DUI, DWI and imprisonment;

  • Proving job training to our  clients;

  • Assisting our clients  to establish healthy and meaningful  life style;



Through CAIR’s outreach, education, counseling, testing, treatment and rehabilitation has minimized the socioeconomic, legal, and health risks associated with drug and alcohol addiction and the prevailing HIV/AIDS spread among African immigrants in Minnesota. It is a fact that the alcohol and drug problem leads to mental and physical conditions that affect a person's ability to make reasonable life decisions. As a consequence, they make absurd decisions that cause unemployment, poverty, want and despair. It causes family disintegration and the lack of basic needs, including stable housing.  Over the past three years, CAIR has referred approximately 30 clients (formally and informally) to county-wide GRH projects.


CAIR's family-based approach to service is also applicable to serving individuals with shelter records, who have low to no income, or afflicted with medical, mental, physical, or psychological disabilities. This family-based, culture-oriented approach has benefited Ebi Horsfall, a Nigerian immigrant. He was referred to Turning Point by CAIR for supportive housing and received constant supervision and encouragement to secure a safe and sober home. Ebi came to the United States in search of the American Dream but rather became a victim of alcohol addiction. Ebi has become sober, after completing our treatment and counselling program, and is now pursuing a career in social work, and will eventually be reinvesting in the community   

Meet Our Team

John Jenkins Bartee


John Jenkin Bartee: BA, African Studies and History, University of Minnesota.

10 years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities, homeless as well as people with alcohol and drug addiction. 

Emmanuel Kanyon Nyemah


Emmanuel K. Nyemah: holds a MA Degree from Saint Mary’s University in Health and Human Service Administration; BA Degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary's.

10 years of work experience with people with developmental disabilities and minority populations; a Trauma Counsellor.  

Pokah Draper


Pokah Draper: BSc, Economics University of Liberia.  Fifteen years, administrative experience in non-profit organizations; Certified Red Cross, CPR, First Aid and AED Instructor.  

Eight years of work experience with people with developmental disabilities; 2 years experience Nursing Assistant Demonstrator

Isaac Rue


Isaac Rue: MA, Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Counselling, Minnesota; MA, Business Administration (MBA), Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. 

He is a Certified Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (LADC); Seven years of work experience in alcoholism or chemical dependency treatment. 

John Jekins Bartee



Rev. Pokah Roberts


Oblayon Nyemah


Kerper Dwanyen


Andrew Suah


Frances Verdier


5201 Bryant Ave North.

Minneapolis, MN 55430

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