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Refugee Resettlement Program
Every five seconds a person is displaced. Thousands of men, women and children flee persecution, violence and war in search of refuge in a foreign land. Many of these people escape with little more than the clothes on their backs. The majority will spend years in refugee camps, surviving day to day in uncertain and often unsafe living conditions. Unable to return home safely, resettlement in a third country often becomes the only option. After several interviews, background checks and medical examinations, a select few of these refugees resettle in the U.S.
Organizations from all over the world, including Opening Doors, build networks of compassion and vitality where refugees can thrive and fulfill their dreams. This video from Church World Services illustrates the refugee journey.
This year, approximately 720 refugees will come to Sacramento through Opening Doors.
Our goal is to assist our clients with all aspects of resettlement into a new country and way of life. Refugees come to us through our affiliate, Church World Service, that works with the United States Department of State. Staff and volunteers go to work before the individual or family arrives, renting an apartment and furnishing it with everything the newcomers will require.
On the day of arrival, the staff/volunteer team meets the family at the airport and transports them to their new home. They then act as advocates, ensuring the clients receive access to resources including medical care, English Language education, and job development opportunities. We remain in regular contact with each of our clients for the first three months of their resettlement, providing guidance as they tackle the challenges they face in becoming self sufficient, self reliant and productive members of society.
As a small program with just a few staff members dedicated to resettlement, we rely heavily on the hard work and generosity of interns and community volunteers. Community members can get involved in a variety of ways. Each of our volunteer opportunities offers a wonderful chance to make a difference in the life of a family.
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