Refugee Care Calendar

  • July 12 – August 16: Bridges: Hope Worth Sharing.  Helping Christians Connect with Muslims – A DVD study on Thursdays 9:30a – 11:30a at Prime Time (65+) for women who want to know more about building friendships with Muslim women. 
  • July 14/15 – Refugee Care Weekend at North Coast Calvary. Come to the services and hear from an international speaker what God is doing in the midst of the refugee crisis in the Middle East. We’ll have representatives of both local and international Refugee Care on hand to share information, hear your heart, and help you use your gifts, talents and time to be a part of Refugee Care.
  • July 21 – August 6:  Local Refugee New Backpacks and School Supplies Drive at NCCC weekend services.  All ages through college. Help them get their school year off to a great start by either bringing in new backpacks and school supplies or gift cards to Walmart, Target, Staples, Office Depot, or a shoe store. Also collecting new socks. All to benefit the Lost Boys of Sudan and Sudanese Families, Our Refugee Friends, and Local Refugee Care youth and children.
  • September 15 and November 17: Understanding Culture and Worldviews, 8:30a – 3p for people volunteering with refugees, immigrants or going on mission trips.  Details and Registration here

Future Workshops, Classes, Events

  • TBD:  Food Handler’s Classes  in El Cajon.  This class, for Arabic speaking refugees who want to start catering or restaurants,will help them prepare for testing (they’re excellent cooks!).
  • TBD:  English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor training – Adapting to life in a new country is very difficult learning the language is key to their success. You can be part of helping a refugee man or woman learn or improve their english. No experience required. 
  • TBD:  July Soccer Camp
  • TBD:  Ice Skating at the Kroc Center Ice –  (we had a great time on 3/18 – will plan a future date and send email notice)  Volunteers can be:  Drivers (pick up refugee youth in El Cajon and San Diego). Help rink-side to put on skates. Help teach how to skate. Bring healthy snacks/drinks to keep the youth fueled up!  

Email us to volunteer or to get on the Refugee Care E-news List for future opportunities.

Refugee Care Teams:

A Journey of Hope

Join a team to care well for our Refugee friends in San Diego.

FRIEND TEAM: (Intentional Small Group)
These are friends who act like family. They are trustworthy, and committed for the long term. People who have attended or are willing to attend cultural training.  Start by going along to visit a refugee family with trained volunteers.

WELCOME BABY TEAM: Help us welcome refugee babies with diapers (all sizes), basic care supplies, clothing (gently used, not stained are fine), new or like new toys (all parts), swings, car seats (clean and unexpired for any age), etc.  Be part of donating, collecting, cleaning, sorting, or delivering (a few friendly faces bringing gifts will really encourage the new moms!) Email us to join this team.

ENGLISH TUTORING:  Email us to get involved. You can start now and we will offer classes along the way to teach you more. Tutor with a group of volunteers in El Cajon, or some weeks by Skype or WhatsApp and some by home visits.  Lots of options. Start a life-changing friendship while sharing basic english.

HOUSING HELP: Help find affordable housing! Liaise with Friend Team as they look for a specific family’s needs and match with available housing option. Also brainstorm other solutions from buying apartment buildings to finding homes for multiple families. Investigate all types of rental assistance options including employer-based rental assistance.

WELCOME BASKETS: Manage and facilitate the donation and gifting of home essentials for new refugee families and to encourage refugee families as they start to get settled in the U.S.  Fill a new laundry basket with liquid laundry soap, dish soap, hand soap, t.p., mop, broom & dustpan, toothpaste, toothbrushes, your favorite handy gadget, etc. or donate a few new basic household items and the friend team can deliver what’s needed by any particular family.

EVENTS TEAM: Plan connection opportunities for Refugee Families to meet new friends in non-threatening environments. These would be entry points for people interested in joining a Friend Team to get involved and meet some Families. Some ideas would be picnics, ice skating, BBQs…

JOBS TEAM: Help find jobs for refugees depending on their skills, language ability and location. This team would also explore different levels of job placement, as well as get to know companies who are more open to some of the presupposed barriers to employing a refugee.  They could also oversee planning a job fair and job training.

SKILLS + RESOURCES TEAM: Identify and employ volunteers with various skills to areas of need. Manage database/project mgmt software with contact info, interest areas and communication with volunteers. This will include people from all participating North County churches who want to be involved.

STORY BUILDERS: Collect success stories of great relationships that have been built, as well as families or individuals who have made the most of opportunities. Think of creative ways to share these.

Other areas for involvement:
• Fundraising Team
• Trauma Care
• Training: E.S.L., Finance + Budget, Car Repair, Kid’s Education
• IT: Communication, Web Page, Resources / Helps, Contact info
• Advocate: Child Education, Job, Medical, Legal
• Translators: Arabic and Farsi

If you would like to be involved in any of these areas, or just want some more info email Terri Franklin

Refugee Care Collaborative Members


Volunteer Resources

Cars, License, ID, Belts, Car Seats, Bikes, Bus, Train, Trolley

Dept of Motor Vehicles  For Driving License or ID Card: Requirements, Drivers Handbook Instruction Permits, Appointments and Tests (translation services), Replacement Cards Vehicle: Title (Buy/Sell) or Licensing Other: Disability Placards, Address Change  Publications

Seat Belts – positioning and age requirements

Child Carseats expiration dates and proper use – be sure that the family knows when that is, also how to properly use the seat: here

Bike Safety (please review this when giving bikes – include helmet and good lock with instructions on proper locking too)  There is a PDF version that you can download and print out.

NCTD:  North County Transportation for Buses, Coaster (commuter train), Sprinter (light rail), Flex and Lift

MTS  San Diego Metropolitan Transit – Bus and Trolley

Immigration: Green Card (I-485), Naturalization/Citizenship (N-400) and more

USCIS Immigration – for green card, citizenship, case status, etc

USCIS Green Card (after 1 year)

Presidential Executive Order updates


Education Resources

ESL Links and Resources through Laubach San Diego

Grossmont Adult School  (Online or Classroom – El Cajon)

Grossmont Adult Health Occupation Center – El Cajon

East Region Adult Education (English as a Second Language, Automotive, Art, Welding, Upholstery, and more…)

AVID Program  Excellent program for refugee kids and youth to help close the achievement gap.

Mira Costa Job Training Programs

San Diego Electrical Apprenticeships  (Inside Wireman or Telecommunications – Sound Tech.

Medical Resources

CA State Disability HERE

Job Search Resources

Employment Agencies

A good starting place for jobs is with employment agencies, They have different types of job targets depending on the agency.  They are often the door into permanent positions. The agencies are paid by placing people in jobs – so the right agency will work to do that.  Here are a few of the agencies we’ve seen be helpful (this isn’t a complete list and not a guarantee but is a resource list).  It is helpful for the refugee mentor/advocate to go along to help with the process.

Job Search Sites

North County Sites

  • North County Lifeline Inc. ( – Employment services, 200 Michigan Avenue, Vista, CA 92084, 760-726-4900 or 760-757-0118
  • North County Coastal Career Center ( – 1949 Avenida del Oro, Ste.106, Oceanside, CA 92056 – 760-631-6150. Also a Center at Encinitas Library 540 Cornish, Encinitas, CA 92024 760-631-6160 (call for hours).
  • Community Resource Center ( – new “Back to Work” Program: creating a path to self-sufficiency comes through the Back To Work (BTW) program. The goal of this training program is to assist their clients with re-entering the workforce and finding full-time employment.Back-to-Work Thrift Store & Donation Center 1405 S. El Camino Real • Oceanside, CA 92054 • (760) 231-7909, Thrift Store & Back-to-Work Enterprise Information: 760-753-1156,
  • CalJOBS ( – Search the full-service employment center to find and view job openings, create and post resumés, look for training, and much more.

Until you find a Job

  • California Unemployment ( – link for both unemployment and disability

A work in progress – check back for more links soon.


Housing Search Resources

A work in progress – check back for more links soon.

About Cultures

This website (not an NCCC ministry) has some helpful information about different cultures:

Cultural background profiles on refugee and immigrant students

Miscellaneous Helps

El Cajon Family Resource Center – government helps  Here

USD Free Legal Help Here