World Relief Sacramento is here for you. We are one community and COVID-19 is reinforcing the support and love we all have for each other. 


This page will be updated as we assess the needs of our community and find reliable information. To stay up to date on new resources, you can also follow World Relief Sacramento on Facebook and be added to our individual community groups. 


What services is World Relief Sacramento providing during the COVID-19 pandemic?

How do I apply for unemployment benefits?

How can I defer my travel loan during COVID-19?

Where can I find food resources near me during COVID-19?

Am I eligible for a stimulus check? When will I recieve a stimulus check?

How can I defer my utility payments?

How can I defer my rent?

How can I apply for reduced WIFI? 

Are schools still enrolling students?

What is the status of government offices? (DHA, Social Security, Refugee Health Clinic) 

CalFresh: How to shop online?

What other resources are available to me?

What does the "stay at home order" mean?

What businesses and services will stay open during the "stay at home order"?

What can we do safely during COVID-19? 

Why did the government put this "stay at home order" in place?

Where can I find translated COVID-19 information in Dari, Pashto, Arabic, Russian, Ukrainian, and Spanish?

What are other trusted resources of COVID-19 information?


World Relief SAcramento - Updated Services

World Relief Sacramento has adapted our programming to help our communities during this time.

We have launched our VESL (Vocational English as a Second Language) classes virtually to help our communities continue to learn English to obtain a job and connect with our teachers. For further information and to enroll contact:


unemployment benefits

If your employment status has been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for benefits.

The following links will help you determine your eligibility for Unemployment Insurance Benefits: 

For questions and further assistance with unemployment benefits, contact


Travel Loan Payments

The travel loan office is understanding of the financial hardship many families are experiencing. Even if you or your family has utilized the benefit of deferment or reduction in the past, if you are currently unemployed or are working fewer hours due to COVID-19, there are options. If you were resettled by World Relief contact for more information. 


Food Bank Resources

For food resources closest to your home, you can visit the Sacramento Food Bank's interactive mapwebsite page. Simply put in your address or zip code and select one day that you would like to go. It is recommended to call ahead and verify operating hours for each food bank. Sacramento Food Bank: Interactive Map


Stimulus checks

You may be eligible to receive a Payment if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien;

  • Cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return;

  • Have a Social Security number (SSN) that is valid for employment (valid SSN); and

    • Exception: If either spouse is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the taxable year, then only one spouse needs to have a valid SSN

  • Have adjusted gross income below an amount based on your filing status and the number of your qualifying children.

Additional information about eligibility for the Payment can be found in the Get My Payment Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have not filed taxes in 2018 or 2019, or are new to the US, you can fill out the free-fillable form

Stimulus information (English and Dari)

Contact: if you have any further questions. 


Utilities - During COVID-19

  • SMUD will not turn off power through May 30th for non payment.

              Visit the link here to set up payment plans and to complete applications for low income plans. 

  • PG&E is offering assistance programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

              Visit the link here to see if you are eligible.


How can I defer my rent?

There are options for families affected by COVID-19 to defer their rent payment. 

  • It is important to read these guidelines and understand this resource: Rent Deferment FAQ.

  • You can find an example form attached here to fill out and turn into your landlord. 


School district updates:

San Juan Unified School District: COVID-19 Updates

Twin Rivers Unified School District: COVID-19 Updates

Sacramento City Unified School District: COVID-19 Updates

Folsom Cordova Unified School District: COVID-19 Updates

Elk Grove Unified School District: COVID-19 Updates




calfresh - shopping online

Starting on April 28th you can use your CalFresh food stamps to order groceries online with your EBT card through Amazon and Walmart

To learn more about how to shop online, visit EBT online FAQ

Partner Resources

San Juan Unified School District has many translated resources regarding changes happening within our communities:

Sacramento Youth Center has launched a virtual class for teenagers in our communities and the new difficulties they may be facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Register for the FREE course here

If you have questions or need further assistance, contact:


What does the "Stay Home Order" mean?

On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order requires every Californian to stay at home, except for people pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment. What does it mean to stay home?

What is still allowed:

• Getting takeout food. (Food deliveries also are permitted).

• Going to work at an essential business.

• Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as they keep 6 feet apart.


What businesses and services will stay open during the "stay at home order"?

  • Roads, public transit, and the airport will remain open.

  • Grocery stores and food banks will remain open.

  • Many school districts will continue to give free meals. You must bring your child with you to recieve a meal for him/her.

  • Gas stations, banks, and laundromats will remain open. 

  • Medical facilities, clinics, and pharmacies will remain open. 


What can we do safely during COVID-19?

  • You can enjoy time together with your family.

  • You can leave your home to walk outside or go to the park. However, all playground facilities are closed. 

  • You can use technology to stay connected to friends and family. 

  • You can go to the grocery store minimally, and wash your hands very thoroughly before and after. 


Why did the government put this "stay home order" in place?

  • COVID-19 is easily spread from person to person. Even people who don't look or feel sick can have and spread the virus for many days. 

  • If we limit the people we come in contact with, it can help to slow or even stop the spread of the virus. 

  • If many people get sick at the same time, the hospitals will be too full and won't be able to save lives.