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.


WOMEN’S Education

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.  Classes are two days each week for 2.5 hours, one day of English Literacy and one day of Cultural Integration offered in Dari and Pashto.  We help reduce the barriers for women attending class by having childcare on site for those not yet in school.  We also use video messages to reinforce class lessons at home.  Our dedicated teachers and volunteers help coach students in the conversational and life skills needed to thrive in their new home. 

Current course locations: 

  • Rancho Cordova | Mondays and Thursdays | 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Carmichael |Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

  • North Highlands | Tuesdays | 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


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. 


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