Fleeing for Safety
Tens of thousands of refugees come to the United States each year from many countries. Threatened by persecution and war, these brave people leave behind everything familiar to seek safety, a life free from fear, and the chance for a new start. The US has a strong commitment to protecting refugees in Northern California and is one of the top regions in the country for receiving and resettling these newcomers.
Serving the Displaced
World Relief Sacramento has been resettling refugees since 1989. Over the last 27 years, we have resettled over 30,000 refugees into the Sacramento region. These new neighbors came from the Former Soviet Union, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and now Syria. World Relief Sacramento is contracted by the Department of State to facilitate the resettlement of refugees. Since the official resettlement period between World Relief and the Department of State is only for a refugee’s initial 90 days, we must work closely with other service providers and the local community.
Initial Resettlement Services Include:
Securing permanent housing, furniture and household items
Obtaining basic necessities, including food and clothing
Helping them apply for Social Security
Registering children for school
Scheduling and providing transportation to initial health screenings and ongoing health services
Providing orientation on various topics related to life in the United States
Helping to link and refer to available resources and services in Northern California
Working things out
Staff connect refugees to suitable jobs and offer English language classes, employment services, and interview preparation skills. Refugees bring a variety of skills and experience to the work force and employers value their strong work ethic and enthusiasm.
The Church and community play a critical role in helping refugees adjust to life in America. Whether exploring neighborhoods together or building friendships—and English skills—over cups of tea, volunteers accompany refugees as they settle into their new lives.
Volunteers often discover they receive much more than they give.