we have added covid-19 updates as they relate to our specific education programs below.
for more information visit our covid-19 client resource page.
English Language Services
Refugees and immigrants arriving in the U.S. come with a wide variety of educational and linguistic backgrounds. Some come with a high level of English and can immediately begin engaging in their new communities. Others have little or no formal educational experience. They may be eager to learn basics like how to use a pencil and introduce themselves in English, or they may feel overwhelmed by the whole process. We partner with language learners of all levels to help them gain confidence and skills in English. Our goal is to empower them to function and thrive in their new American context.
Our Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) class helps job seekers gain the English skills they need to get and hold a job. The 10-week curriculum is designed for multiple levels of language learners (from beginning to more advanced). The class is taught by our enthusiastic and talented English teacher with assistance from committed volunteer classroom aides. Job employment specialists regularly meet with each VESL student to create a resume and assist with the job search process. During COVID-19, classes are offered virtually through video calls and online assignments. Students meet online with teachers and volunteers in two one-on-one lessons a week, participate in a weekly group video lesson, and receive English assignments to extend English learning opportunities outside of class.
Refugees from Afghanistan make up 72% of refugee arrivals in Sacramento, and over 60% of Afghan women resettled by World Relief Sacramento are not literate in their native language, let alone English. On arriving in the United Sates, they can struggle to know how to access transportation, go to the doctor’s, contact their children’s school, buy food in the grocery store, or even say their telephone number.
We have an integrated English and Cultural Skills program focused on equipping women to be ready for Adult Education classes after one year. Our program meets in accessible locations around the Sacramento area, often through partnerships with local churches who offer space and volunteer support. For the safety of everyone during COVID-19, we have paused in-person classes at all sites. However, we continue to provide services remotely. Staff are in regular contact with the women to check in, share critical information, and respond to needs. Videos in Dari and Pashto give preliterate Afghan women access to information that would otherwise be inaccessible if limited to English or print media. A dedicated team of volunteers are reading books on video to send to the children in the families. World Relief will continue adjusting services to meet the changing needs of refugee women during this time.
WOMEN’S INTEGRATION GROUP
Our Women’s Integration Gatherings seek to reach and empower vulnerable refugee women who face significant barriers to integrating into their new American context. While their husbands obtain driver’s licenses and find jobs, and their children go to school and learn English quickly, these women may struggle to adapt to life in America. Many experience profound social isolation.
Our Women’s Integration Gatherings have served over 40 Afghan women and teens by providing a safe and nurturing place where the women can build relationships with each other as well as with volunteers. The gatherings are integration focused, concentrating on improving emotional well-being and teaching practical skills, such as crafts that are sold at a variety of World Relief Sacramento events. The Integration Gatherings help refugee women build confidence in navigating their new home environment.
We are currently working with an alumni group to establish greater self-sufficiency.
FREE ENGLISH LEARNING SOFTWARE
World Relief Sacramento provides access to free English learning software for all levels.
In-home tutoring is provided by trained volunteers who are matched with a family or individual. They meet at the times they choose and focus on the needs of the student, such as assisting with reading bills, improving language skills, and building relationships. During COVID-19, volunteers can support families and individuals by tutoring remotely.
SUPPORT OUR WORK – Financial donations are critical to making these services available to refugees! Giving is how you can make the biggest difference in this area.
LEARN ENGLISH – Contact us if you or someone you know is interested in enrolling in one of our classes.
VOLUNTEER – Volunteer opportunities are available!
CONTACT OUR ESL MANAGER FOR MORE INFORMATION!
Heidi Guttschuss | 916-640-2610