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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.
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:
Refugee 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:
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.
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:
We made 23 microloans totaling $150,832 this year, which helped start or improve small businesses in the area. To mitigate the shortage of affordable, culturally appropriate childcare, we also started a program to assist refugees with starting childcare businesses. The microenterprise program continues to create jobs, stimulate the local economy, and help clients build a strong credit history.
In 2014, we celebrated our participants with two graduation ceremonies, and began a ninth cohort that will continue into 2015. The MoneyWork$ Program is in high demand as its reputation continues to grow in the community. This year through MoneyWork$:
Interns and volunteers make our work possible. Without them, apartment set ups, community outreach, and many of our programs would be impossible. This year: