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 or “Good Neighbor” training.

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 need by any particular family.

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, swings, car seats (clean and unexpired for any age), etc.  Be part of donating, collecting and sorting, or delivering (a few friendly faces bringing gifts will really encourage the new moms!)   Email to join this team:

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, give-away days, 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
• 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 Calendar

Ice Skating at the Kroc Center Ice – January 3,  We met for pizza and ice skating. Volunteer drivers picked up the kids/families in El Cajon and San Diego, and helped getting on skates and learning how to skate. NCCC Jr High group went along and were a big BLESSING, lovingly helping for the kiddos! We had a great time!  114 skaters and lots of great volunteers!  Email us to be added to the RC E-news list for future opportunities.

February 10:  Food Handler’s Class – 11a – 2p in El Cajon.  This class, for Arabic speaking refugees, is to help them prep for testing as many refugees want to start catering or restaurants (they’re excellent cooks!).  Volunteers drivers needed to pick up before and drop home afterward. If interested in helping drive and assist at the class email us. Also, depending on need, the class may be repeated.

March 17:  Understanding Refugees Workshop at NCCC, 8:30-3pm. Sign up: This workshop is for people working or volunteering with refugees. This 6-hour workshop is a great way to boost your understanding of the cultural worldview of non-American people (and of Americans as well) with practical tips and applications on interacting with refugees. The cost is $25/person and includes a personal Three Colors of Worldview Discovery Report. 

Give Away Day to benefit Our Refugee Friends – Spring 2018 date TBD – Details pending

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:

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

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.

Medical Resources

CA State Disability HERE

Job Search Resources

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. Also, 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.

Select Staffing: