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Resettlement

Overview

Since 1995, the Alliance for African Assistance has resettled refugees from over 20 different countries. Our Resettlement Department is comprised of case managers, drivers and job developers, all of whom play an integral role in the resettlement process for each of our refugees. Prior to a refugee’s arrival, the case manager assigned to the case prepares for the new individual or family by finding them an affordable apartment, furnishing the apartment with the basic necessities, and stocking their kitchen with food for their first week. On the day they arrive their case manager welcomes the new refugees at the airport and takes them to their new home.

Within the first few days of their arrival case managers give each refugee a comprehensive cultural and programmatic orientation to life in the United States. Refugees are informed about housing, employment, U.S. and California laws, as well as the additional programs offered by the Alliance. Within the first month of arrival, the case managers work on helping each refugee with the following services:

  • Social security card application.
  • Welfare – Cash Aid, MediCal, SSI and/or Food Stamp – Application
  • Obtaining a driver’s license or identification card
  • School enrollment for children and adults
  • Health screenings

A majority of our refugees come to the Alliance with little to no knowledge of the English language so we provide them with interpretation services when needed. Due to the difficulty of finding employment without a working knowledge of English, we also offer each adult refugee the opportunity to enroll in ESL classes to help them improve their English.

Those refugees who arrive at the Alliance with a strong knowledge of English and are motivated to find work, connect with our Resettlement Job Developer who them helps them with the job search process. The training includes:

  • Resume & cover letter writing
  • Online job searching
  • Filling out job applications
  • Interview preparation
  • Learning how to use public transportation

A number of employers have benefited from taking advantage of the Alliance’s job development program, hiring a number of our refugees.

The Alliance is persistently developing good business relationships with employers in our community in order to carry out our mission to help newly arrived refugees find employment, achieve self-sufficiency, and establish themselves in the community.