Since 1995, the Alliance for African Assistance affiliate ECDC has resettled refugees, asylees, and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders from over 30 countries.
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 basic necessities, and stocking their kitchen with food for their first week. Within the first few days of their arrival, case managers give each client a comprehensive cultural and programmatic orientation to life in the United States. Clients are informed about housing, employment, U.S. and California laws, as well as a variety of programs offered by the Alliance.
Assisting newly arrived refugees and immigrants with finding housing, providing basic furniture, accessing social services, enrolling kids in school, applying for public benefits, obtaining Social Security, providing financial assistance, Providing cultural orientation and language classes to help newcomers understand American customs, norms, and daily life.
The AIRS (Afghan Integration and Resettlement Support) Project is a comprehensive initiative designed to significantly enhance the available services for Afghan newcomers in the state of California.
By tailoring services to the unique needs of this population and emphasizing cultural sensitivity, the project aims to ensure that Afghan arrivals can successfully integrate into their new communities and embark on a path toward self-sufficiency and thriving lives.
Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Services
One of the project's central tenets is its emphasis on cultural and linguistic sensitivity. It ensures that the services provided are tailored to meet the specific needs of Afghan newcomers, acknowledging their diverse backgrounds, languages, and traditions. This responsiveness is critical for fostering a sense of belonging and understanding among newly arrived Afghan individuals and families.
The Matching Grant program, a pivotal initiative within the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), is specifically designed to address the unique challenges faced by refugees and other ORR-eligible populations as they begin their new lives in the United States. It serves as a crucial mechanism for these individuals to overcome various barriers and swiftly secure employment. The program's primary objective is to enable refugees to achieve economic self-sufficiency through gainful employment within an ambitious timeframe of 240 days, all without relying on cash assistance programs.
Moreover, the program extends its support beyond employment-related services. It also assists refugees in areas
Housing, Utilities, and Food
Health and Medical
English Language Training
Social Adjustment and Other Services
Every participant benefits from personalized case management, ensuring that their unique needs and circumstances are addressed effectively. Case managers provide guidance, support, and resources to help refugees navigate the complexities of their new environment.