Opening Doors in the News




Sanctuary Cities Weigh Impact Of Opposing Donald Trump’s Immigration Order

CBS 13 reporter Andrew Bollea interviews Opening Doors' CEO, Deborah Ortiz, on Trump's immigration order, with a focus on sanctuary cities.

Trump Immigration Ban Leaves Syrian Refugee Distraught

CBS 13 interviews the spouse of one of Opening Doors' Refugee Childcare Program clients regarding his experience fleeing Syria and reaction to Trump's Executive Order on Refugees


Sacto Refugee Organization Trying Help After Trump Travel Order

KFBK News interviews CEO Deborah Ortiz on Trump's Executive Order on Refugees


Hit the Dance Floor to Support Refugees

Davis Community Church hosts a Contra Dance fundraiser on Saturday March 4, 2017 to benefit Opening Doors' Refugee Resettlement Program.


Assemblymember McCarty Introduces “California Welcomes Refugees” Legislative Package

Opening Doors' Refugee Resettlement Staff, Azra and Hamidullah, represent Opening Doors at Assemblymember Kevin McCarty's press conference on refugee legislative package.




Refugees Seek Fresh Start, Start Small Businesses in Sacramento

This piece from Sacramento Magazine shares several refugee stories, including our client, Setareh, who started a childcare business. 


Sarmed Ibrahim Attends State of the Union Address

Our board member, Mr. Ibrahim, was invited by Congressman Ami Bera to President Obama's last State of the Union. Mr. Ibrahim emphasizes how important it is to support refugees.


Not in My City, Not in My State Rally

Sacramento came together January 11 at Sacramento City Hall to say "Not in my City, Not in my State" to human trafficking.


Food For Thought: Human Trafficking Awareness

On January 11, we held an awareness event exploring the connections between hunger, poverty, and human trafficking.


Heading to Washington

Sarmed Ibrahim, member of our Board of Directors, is invited by Congressman Ami Bera to the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 12.




Sacramento Community Supports Refugee Arrivals

Opening Doors' Debra DeBondt was on ABC10 to discuss the overwhelming support of the Sacramento community in helping us resettle refugees with over 270 volunteer requests just in the past few weeks. 


Countering the Sensationalized Fear Around Syrian Refugee Crisis

Our CEO, Debra DeBondt, sits with the Sacramento Bee to counter the fear and hysteria around the refugee crisis explaining that they are decent, hardworking people who share hopes identical to our own- raising a family, making a living, and pursuing a fulfilling future.


Moving Past the Fear of Syrian Refugees in Sacramento

Reuters profiles Syrian refugees in Sacramento and our CEO, Debra DeBondt, advises vigilance, understanding, and moving past fear. 


The "Controversy" Stemming from Syrian Refugees in Sacramento

Univision interviews our staff members, Mohammad and Natalia, to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis, the "controversy" in our political climate, and refugees being resettled in our Sacramento community. 


Addressing the Fear Surrounding Refugee Arrivals

Refugees are the most vetted group of immigrants that come to the U.S. and Debra DeBondt explains to FOX40 that the fear about refugees out there is misguided because they are the victims of the terror that we are afraid of.


Spotlight: Our Refugee Resettlement Program

ABC10 highlights Opening Doors' refugee resettlement program with our Program Manager, Amira Kotb, as well as our former refugee client who now has a successful business of his own.


Learn about Refugee Resettlement to Sacramento

Capital Public Radio interviews Deborah Ortiz, incoming CEO of Opening Doors, and Ziba, a new arrival from Afghanistan. Both speak to the resettlement process.


Deborah Ortiz to Lead Opening Doors in 2016

January 1st will leave us with a bittersweet feeling as Debra DeBondt, who has been with Opening Doors for 11 years, retires. Opening Doors will be left in good hands, as former senator, council member, and assembly woman, Deborah Ortiz, takes the reigns as CEO. 


Update: Taha Reunited with His Family

The Sacramento Bee ran an update on Taha who picked his wife and two children up from the airport in October. We are happy to see one of our clients reunited with his family.


Pampered Pet Salon Wins Start-Up of the Year!

Opening Doors nominated a loan client, Kimberly Haines and her small business for SBA Start-up of the Year, and are proud she won the award! It is very exciting to see our clients earning recognition in the community.




Taha, Iraqi Refugee, Finds Safety, but Still Concerned about Family in Iraq

The Sacramento Bee reports on Taha Hammood who was targeted by extremists for serving Americans at his restaurant. Opening Doors sponsored his transition to the US, but he still faces an uphil battle.


Day of Giving - Update

The Day of Giving was a huge success. Our supporters gave $2,800, all of which will be matched. Thanks to all of the generous donors who gave on May 6th, and check out our profile for full details.


Creation of RHEAP Leads to Five Years of Study

RHEAP Provides Emily Feuerherm an opportunity to use her passion for languages to help others.


Safe, Affordable Childcare: Filling the Gap in Sacramento

Opening Doors is pleased to announce that it will offer a new program that supports family-owned, start-up businesses that provide affordable childcare in Sacramento.


Two MicroEnterprise stories in the Sacramento Bee

Local business columnist Cathie Anderson wrote about a Comerica Bank grant for $50,000 to help entrepreneurs and about an ODI client who opened a pet salon.





Quarterly Collaboration

Learn more about our Quarterly Collaboration with Sac Valley Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.


Microlending Funds American Dreams

Artur Ryabtsev's success story was covered by Cathie Anderson, writer for the Sacramento Bee. Artur was able to start and expand his own cabinet making business thanks to the help of three loans from our Microenterprise Program.


Extended News Coverage on the Iraqi Health Needs Assessment
The Sacramento Bee and the SF Chronicle have reported on Opening Doors' joint study on the Iraqi Health Needs Assessment.


Full Report: Iraqi Health Needs Assessment Results Shows Past Trauma Affecting Iraqi Community
On May 20, 2013 the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Center, along with Opening Doors and the Mesopotamia Organization, released the collaborative Iraqi Health Needs Assessment report. This report details the effects of trauma in the Iraqi community and the difficulty of navigating the American health care system as an Iraqi refugee.


Update on Refugee Funding
Last month, the Office of Refugee Resettlement faced budget shortfalls due to the unexpected increase of unaccompanied minor children. We urged community members to contact their Senators and Representatives. It paid off tremendously: the House and the Senate Appropriations Committees have recommended increased funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement. This increased funding will enable the ORR and organizations like Opening Doors to better meet the needs of incoming refugees. The House and the Senate will vote on the bills at the end of the month. You can read the House Bill.


SOT Staff in Lodi News

Elisabet of our Survivors of Human Trafficking program presented at a "Stop Human Trafficking" workshop in Lodi last Saturday, January 12.


SOT Team Featured in National Massage Magazine

Our very own Elisabet and Erika of our Survivors of Human Trafficking program were featured in the most recent edition of the National Massage & Bodywork publication as spokespeople on sex trafficking in massage parlors.





ODI Featured on Lifepath TV's "Business Development & Financial Literacy Education" Show

Debra DeBondt and her staff of experts discuss how Opening Doors assists residents of Sacramento County to build financial and personal assets while maintaining their cultural identity and individual goals.



Grant for Microloan Program Serves Sacramento's Refugees and Immigrants (Press Release)

Opening Doors is proud to be the recipient of a $110,200 grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The grant will enable us to assist refugees in starting or expanding businesses through training, individual assistance, and microloans.


Opening Doors Addresses Sacramento’s Small Business Financing Gap (Press Release)

Opening Doors launches its Prosperity Project loan fund providing financing in amounts under $50,000, targeting those who are unable to qualify for traditional loans.


Opening Doors' Prosperity Project Loan Fund in the News

Our newly-expanded microloan funding program has been generating some excitement in the media.



MoneyWork$ in the News

CBS 13 recently featured our MoneyWork$ again, explaing how our personal finance literacy program is helping our community.


Our MoneyWork$ Program has been getting attention. Recently, it has been featured in English on CBS 13 News with Call Kurtis and in Spanish on Univision 19.