Preferred Communities


The Preferred Communities (PC) Program, funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, aims to enhance the successful resettlement and integration of especially vulnerable refugees to help them achieve greater stability and success in the United States. The PC program:

  • Enhances the capacity of Opening Doors to provide appropriate services for recently arrived refugees facing exceptional barriers as newcomers to the U.S., and
  • Offers intensive case management for refugees beyond their initial resettlement period to help them find stability in their life areas affected by their vulnerability.    

As the Refugee Resettlement Program helps refugees to access services that set them on the path to economic self-sufficiency, refugees with uniquely vulnerable experiences face additional challenges navigating complex systems and achieving stability. Preferred Communities identifies and works with recently arrived refugees who are particularly vulnerable in areas of health, mental health, and social integration. Enrolled clients develop an individualized, goal-oriented service plan to help them overcome barriers to integration and self-sufficiency. The service period is 6-12 months.

An individual may qualify to enroll in this program if they:

  • Hold an eligible refugee status
  • Have been in the U.S. no longer than 5 years
  • Belong to one or more especially vulnerable group, such as:
    • Single parents
    • Women-at-risk
    • LGBT refugees
    • Elderly refugees without an adequate family support system
    • Youth without parents or permanent guardians, or have spent an unusually long period in displaced situations
    • Refugees experiencing social or psychological conditions, including emotional trauma  experienced by war, domestic violence, or gender-based violence
    • Refugees with physical disabilities or medical conditions (including HIV) that are identified as needing intensive case management
    • Refugees with unique needs who have migrated to underserved locations from their original resettlement community
    • Unanticipated refugee arrivals and secondary migrants

For more information visit our PC Frequently Asked Questions page.

Further questions and referrals can be sent to Alyssa Van Hofwegen, Intensive Case Manager at or (916) 492-2591 x225.