Refugee Resettlement Program

First 90 Days

Who is a refugee?
According to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a refugee is a person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”

Our Goal:
Our goal is to empower families to become self-sufficient by providing them the resources they need to navigate US social and economic systems.  We do this by providing access to many resources and services.

Core Services:Refugee Airport Pick up


  • Find safe, affordable housing
  • Supply furniture and household goods


  • Airport pick-up
  • Hot meal
  • Home orientation, safety check

Week 1:

  • Cal Fresh/Food Stamps
  • Medi-Cal
  • Cash Aid
  • Social Security

30-90 Days:

  • Cultural Orientation
  • Vaccinations/Medical Screenings
  • ESL & School Enrollment
  • Employment Services

Where do Opening Doors’ refugees come from?

In Fiscal Year 2016 Opening Doors received 614 refugee clients from 11 different countries of origin.  The refugee families we serve come to us through our affiliate, Church World Service which works with the US Department of State. The majority of the families we serve arrive from:

  • Afghanistan
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Iran
  • Former Soviet Union


Our Resettlement Numbers:

  • Fiscal Year 2014: 370 Individuals
  • Fiscal Year 2015: 351 Individuals
  • Fiscal Year 2016: 614 individuals
  • Fiscal Year 2017 (Projected): 720 individuals



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