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Opening Doors in the News
This piece from Sacramento Magazine shares several refugee stories, including our client, Setareh, who started a childcare business.
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.
Sacramento came together January 11 at Sacramento City Hall to say "Not in my City, Not in my State" to human trafficking.
On January 11, we held an awareness event exploring the connections between hunger, poverty, and human trafficking.
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.
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.
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.
Reuters profiles Syrian refugees in Sacramento and our CEO, Debra DeBondt, advises vigilance, understanding, and moving past fear.
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.
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.
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.
Capital Public Radio interviews Deborah Ortiz, incoming CEO of Opening Doors, and Ziba, a new arrival from Afghanistan. Both speak to the resettlement process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RHEAP Provides Emily Feuerherm an opportunity to use her passion for languages to help others.
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.
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.
Learn more about our Quarterly Collaboration with Sac Valley Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
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.
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.
Elisabet of our Survivors of Human Trafficking program presented at a "Stop Human Trafficking" workshop in Lodi last Saturday, January 12.
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 launches its Prosperity Project loan fund providing financing in amounts under $50,000, targeting those who are unable to qualify for traditional loans.
Opening Doors' Prosperity Project Loan Fund in the News
Our newly-expanded microloan funding program has been generating some excitement in the media.
CBS 13 recently featured our MoneyWork$ again, explaing how our personal finance literacy program is helping our community.