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.


Vocational english

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. Classes are offered 4 days a week (Monday to Thursday) from 9:00 to 12:30, with an additional Job Readiness class offered on Fridays.



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. 

Our Women’s English classes address these barriers by providing language classes in a welcoming and accessible apartment in a refugee-dense housing complex. We offer both a pre-literate class that focuses on building confidence and spoken English skills, as well as literacy classes that introduce the students to print formation so they can recognize and write numbers, letters, and everyday words. Creative use of video and phone apps give non-literate students the chance to practice at home. Committed and passionate teachers coach the students at every step of the way, pacing the classes so every student has a chance to succeed in gaining language skills and confidence to communicate in English.  Classes are currently offered two days a week (Tuesday and Thursday) from 9:30 to 11:30 and 12:00 to 2:00.



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 serve 10-20 Afghan women and teens by providing a safe and nurturing place where the women can build relationships with each other as well as with women from the receiving community. The gatherings are integration focused, concentrating on improving emotional well-being and teaching practical skills such as crafts the women can sell.  The Integration Gatherings also help refugee women learn how they can access the health, education, and safety services available in the community while building their confidence in navigating their new home environment.  Women’s Integration Gatherings are currently offered 2 days a week (Monday and Wednesday) from 10:00 to 12:00, with a specific gathering during the summer for teenage girls offered on Fridays from 10:00-12:00.



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.




  • 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 ENGLISHContact us if you or someone you know is interested in enrolling in one of our classes. 

  • VOLUNTEER – Volunteer opportunities are available!



Heidi Guttschuss | 916-640-2610