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Assistance and orientation programs

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Employer Engagement Program 

Contacts:

Rajwinder Kaur

Program manager

EE Program is funded by the Department of human & health services ORR. Helping Afghan to attain self-sufficiency by acquiring skills required for job retention & professional advancement through partnerships between employers and Alliance for African Assistance. 

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Program includes

  • Cultural orientation for Employers and Employees 

  • Specify training in both ELL and Job skills

  • US Workplace culture 

  • Workplace Ethics/ Polices 

  • Performance and career advancement trainings

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CDBG Micro-Enterprise Program

Contacts:

Ahmad Hamidi

Program Manager

CDBG Micro-Enterprise Program is a comprehensive program funded by the City of San Diego and designed to offer tailored support to San Diego City residents, including both aspiring entrepreneurs looking to establish small businesses and those seeking to enhance existing enterprises. Our program recognizes the unique challenges faced by local entrepreneurs and refugees alike, and we aim to be a catalyst for their collective success.

Program Services:

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Business Planning and Financial Literacy

The program offers guidance and resources to assist participants in developing comprehensive business plans. This includes market research, financial projections, and strategies for success. Additionally, participants receive valuable financial literacy education to help them make informed financial decisions for their businesses.

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Micro Enterprise Development
The Microenterprise and Job Creation

Contacts:

Erick Asero

Program Manager

The Micro Enterprise Development Program funded by Health and Human Services ORR and The Microenterprise and Job Creation Program (founded by ORR)  are the valuable initiative designed to empower and support individuals who are refugees, asylees, and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders by offering them the opportunity to establish their own businesses. The primary objective of this program is to facilitate self-sufficiency and integration into the thriving business communities of San Diego County. 

Program Services:

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Comprehensive Technical Services

SD-RESP provides a suite of technical services, equipping participants with the knowledge and tools essential for navigating the complexities of business operations. From strategic planning to technology integration, our program ensures that all participants have the skills necessary for sustainable success.

Sample Business List:

The program encourages a diverse range of entrepreneurial endeavors and provides support for a wide variety of business ideas. Some examples of businesses that participants may consider starting include:

  • Bakery & Sweets

  • Clothing Alterations

  • Auto Sales

  • Catering Services

  • Clothing Boutique

  • Moving Services

  • Barbershop

  • Photography & Videography

  • Lawn Care

  • Grooming Products

  • Auto Detailing

  • Childcare

The Alliance's Commitment:

The Alliance overseeing the Micro-Enterprise Development Program is dedicated to assisting participants at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey. Whether it's refining a business idea, securing financing, or building financial skills, the program is committed to providing ongoing support and guidance to ensure the success of each participant's business venture.

By offering this program, the Alliance aims not only to foster economic self-sufficiency but also to help participants become valued contributors to the vibrant business landscape of San Diego County. Entrepreneurship is not only a means of financial stability but also a way for individuals to actively participate in and enrich their local communities.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Contacts:

Henok Mulat 

Accounting Manager

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program founded by IRS has a rich history, spanning over 50 years, and has played a crucial role in providing free tax assistance to individuals who require help with preparing their tax returns. Here are the key details about the VITA program

VITA Program Overview:

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Eligible Participants

VITA sites offer free tax help to several groups, including individuals who generally earn $60,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers.

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Global Village Interpretation and Translation Department   

Contacts:

Cristina Belpassi

Program Manager

Global Village Language and Cultural Solutions, a service offered by the Alliance for African Assistance, stands out as a leading provider of translation and interpretation services that make bridging cultural and linguistic divides a seamless experience. We offer more than 200 languages. 

Professional and Experienced Interpreters

  • Our interpretation services feature highly experienced in-person interpreters who excel in facilitating communication across diverse cultures and languages.

  • We take pride in offering the most professional, affordable, and flexible interpretation services in the industry.

  • Our interpreters are well-equipped to assist in a variety of contexts, from medical appointments and educational assessments to legal hearings, special events, classes, and conferences.

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Ethnic Community
Self Help Program 

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Сontacts for Afghans:

Shanta Kingham

Ethnic Community Self Help Program

Program Manager

Сontacts for Ukrainians:

Olena Tverdomed

Ethnic Community Self Help-Ukraine Program

Program Manager

The Ethnic Community Self-Help (ECSH) Program funded by Health and Human Services ORR is a vital initiative aimed at providing crucial support to ethnic community-based organizations, empowering them to assist refugees in their transition to life in the United States and their successful integration into the broader community.

Here are the key details and objectives of the ECSH Program:

Target Population:

The ECSH Program primarily serves refugees from Afghanistan and Ukraine. This timeframe reflects the critical period during which newcomers are navigating significant adjustments and integration into American society.

Key Areas of Support:

Ethnic community-based organizations under the ECSH Program offer a wide range of assistance to refugees, including but not limited to:​

Finding Jobs

  • Assisting refugees in securing employment opportunities that align with their skills and aspirations, which is crucial for self-sufficiency.

Professional Development:

The ECSH Program also focuses on enhancing the professional development of staff within ethnic community-based organizations by facilitating connections with well-established service providers. This collaboration empowers organizations to deliver high-quality and culturally sensitive support to their constituents.

Community Engagement and Awareness:

One of the broader benefits of the ECSH Program is that it helps raise awareness within the greater community about the culture, strengths, and needs of the local refugee population that these organizations serve. This increased understanding and appreciation contribute to more inclusive and cohesive communities.

In essence, the ECSH Program plays a pivotal role in strengthening the capacity of ethnic community-based organizations to provide essential support and resources to refugees in their initial stages of resettlement. By addressing the unique needs of newcomers and promoting cultural understanding, this program contributes to the successful integration of refugees into American society while fostering stronger and more vibrant communities as a whole.

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