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Refugee Resettlement
& Placement pr

Affiliate ECDC


Gezim Jimmy Dervishi             

Phone: (619) 286-9052

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.


Resettlement Services

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.

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Afghan Integration and Resettlement Services (AIRS) Project & Placement program


Mohammad Idrees Jalali         

Phone: (619) 432 1229 ext. 16

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.

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Matching Grant 


Jawan Jalili

Phone: (619) 286-9052 ext. 300 

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

such as:

  • Housing, Utilities, and Food

  • Transportation

  • 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.


Co-Sponsorship Program


Dorah Anono

In partnership with the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), we're proud to bring you this impactful initiative, offering you the chance to extend a warm welcome and lend a helping hand to those in need.

What is the Co-Sponsorship Program About?

The Co-Sponsorship Program is a community-led resettlement initiative that empowers you to welcome newcomers into society. By participating in this program, you not only build bonds and forge connections within your community but also foster positive attitudes toward refugees and resettlement efforts.

To qualify as a Co-Sponsorship, you'll need to:

  • Assemble a team of 7 or more individuals, including a coordinator.

  • Raise and donate $3,000 or more to help cover rent and essential expenses for refugees.

  • Collect furniture and household items to furnish the homes of refugees.

  • Commit to supporting refugees for a period of nine months.

  • Sign a duties agreement outlining your responsibilities as sponsors.

  • Attend orientation and training sessions provided by our local office staff.

  • Stay in touch with our team for ongoing guidance and support throughout the sponsorship process


Comprehensive Support

The Co-Sponsorship Program provides comprehensive support to sponsors, including orientation, training, and ongoing guidance from our local office staff. We're here to support you every step of the way.

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