2014 Year in Review

 

This year, the community really showed their support of survivors of trafficking, refugees, and other underserved. Your support allowed us to bring innovative solutions to tough humanitarian and economic issues in our community. We were able to help more refugees than ever before; we started a new childcare grant program for refugees; and we are now administrators of the Sacramento Rescue and Restore Coalition. Opening Doors defines its future by responding to new needs in the community each year, and 2014 is no exception.

 

Please include Opening Doors in your planned giving next year. You can give monetarily, like us on Facebook, sign up as a Refugee Mentor, or join us as an intern. Whether you are investing your time, expertise, or money, you will be helping us fill the service gaps in Sacramento and build a safer, more prosperous community for all.

 

Here is a summary of our accomplishments this year.

 

Refugee Programs
Refugee Resettlement:
Pronounced growth is the only way to describe our Refugee Resettlement program this year. With the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan, Sacramento saw a huge number of refugee arrivals, mostly with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). These SIVs risked their lives supporting the U.S. during the war, and now we give back to them as they restart their lives in Sacramento. This year through Refugee Resettlement:

  • 143 cases, representing 423 refugees, obtained access to safe, affordable housing, healthcare, education, and adult ESL and employment services.

RHEAPRefugee Health and Employment Attainment Program:

The RHEAP Program concluded this September after three years of successfully meeting the needs of Sacramento’s Iraqi community. The program focused on their educational priorities, offering adult and children’s programs. Most importantly, it brought together families, and helped build community and support networks. In 2014, RHEAP provided these services:

  • 139 Iraqi refugees, including adults and children, improved their English language skills and/or received citizenship test preparation.
  • 93 Iraqi refugee adults enhanced their healthy habits and learned how to navigate the U.S. health care system.

Immigration Legal Services
In its third year, Immigration Legal Services continues assisting foreign-born survivors of human trafficking and domestic abuse, young immigrants through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and others seeking low cost immigration assistance.

  • 31 clients received visas enabling them to legally stay, work, and assist law enforcement
  • 59 clients are waiting to hear the results of immigration application.

SacPOST

Survivors of Trafficking Program
The Survivor of Trafficking Program continues to offer dual anti-trafficking efforts: community education and services for survivors. This year, we stepped up as administrators for the Sacramento Rescue and Restore Coalition, and we participated in SacPOST, an outreach effort to businesses in Sacramento. This year, through the Survivors of HumanTrafficking program:

  • 36 adults and 58 children received case management services
  • 3,000 community members increased their knowledge of human trafficking

 

Prosperity Project
Microenterprise:
We made 23 microloans totaling $150,832 this year, which helped start or improve small businesses in the area. To mitigate the shortage of affordable, culturally appropriate childcare, we also started a program to assist refugees with starting childcare businesses. The microenterprise program continues to create jobs, stimulate the local economy, and help clients build a strong credit history.

  • 32 clients started or improved a small business
  • 219 entrepreneurs improved their business skills through training or business technical assistance
  • 20 business owners participated in 22 Business Expo events, and showcased their business to approximately 7,300 attendees

MoneyWork$:

In 2014, we celebrated our participants with two graduation ceremonies, and began a ninth cohort that will continue into 2015. The MoneyWork$ Program is in high demand as its reputation continues to grow in the community. This year through MoneyWork$:

  • 41 participants increased their savings
  • 51 improved their income/expense ratio
  • 15 decreased their debt
  • 71 demonstrably improved their financial management skills
  • 71 made increased or wiser use of financial institutions

Volunteers and InternsInterns

Interns and volunteers make our work possible. Without them, apartment set ups, community outreach, and many of our programs would be impossible. This year:

  • 39 interns gave back to the community, improved their employability, and fulfilled internship requirements for school.
  • 64 volunteers transformed lives while also enriching their own.