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2013 Year in Review
We hope you enjoy 2013’s Year in Review. These numbers are more than just statistics – they are a reflection of social and economic growth in the Sacramento community that would be impossible without the support of volunteers, donors, interns, the faith community, funders, and countless other community members like you.
One of our biggest changes this year was a change in place – we moved offices from our beloved midtown location to the Arden-Arcade area. The move meant leaving behind a building full of great memories, but it also lead us to a larger, more suitable office space and closer to the majority of our clients. We are now better able to host additional staff, interns, and even open houses! We held our first open house with the Sacramento Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, who very generously donated time and money to support our clients.
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Refugees from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Burma faced persecution and endured countless deprivations before being resettled in Sacramento in 2013. Opening Doors met them at the airport and assisted them in beginning anew. This year through Refugee Resettlement:
Refugee Health and Employment Attainment Program:
RHEAP is an extremely flexible program that works to meet the immediate priorities and concerns of Sacramento's Iraqi refugee population. Overall, RHEAP offers 4 levels of English instruction, health education, homework assistance, and one-on-one tutoring. Perhaps most importantly, it brings together families and helps build community and support networks. Through extensive volunteer support RHEAP is able to provide these invaluable services:
Iraqi Refugee Health Needs Assessment:
This year, Opening Doors, the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center, and the Mesopotamia Organization completed and published a joint investigation assessing the current health conditions and barriers to treatment faced by Sacramento-area Iraqi refugees. The collaborative, community-based study released and presented the results, which you can read here.
Survivors of Trafficking Program
Human trafficking is modern day slavery. In order to combat trafficking in our community, the SOT program has two important goals: to help individual survivors to restart their lives and to educate the community on issues related to trafficking. The two support each other, and work to eradicate trafficking from our community. This year, through the Survivors of Human Trafficking program:
Immigration Legal Services
MoneyWork$ continues to help low- to moderate-income Sacramento area residents to improve their household finances, and we anticipate another strong year. The Spanish cohorts also focus on helping the Hispanic community to better understand the US financial system. This year through MoneyWork$:
Hispanic Prosperity Programs:
Sacramento’s Spanish speakers who were interested in starting a new business or improving an existing business had the opportunity to attend two Business Success Academy sessions. A Business Expo Committee was also established this year to help run the popular Business Expos, which help these business owners to develop effective marketing techniques and to showcase their businesses to the general public in a professional setting. Through the Business Success Academy and Business Expos:
Volunteers and Interns