THE RT BLOG
Every year, Refugee Transitions' staff and volunteers assist dozens of students with their citizenship applications. Becoming an American citizen is an important step towards self-sufficiency in the United States for many of our students. While refugees and asylees are legal residents, free to live and work in the US, citizenship provides more benefits, more social stability, and better opportunities for civic and community engagement. Unlike legal residents, citizens can vote in elections, travel freely outside of the US, and re-unite their families in the US. For many of our students who have lived under repressive regimes or in transitory refugee camps, the opportunity to vote in a representative democracy is often the most rewarding part of the citizenship process. This Fourth of July, we thank all of our tutors, staff, supporters, and community leaders that have made citizenship and the American Dream a possibility for hundreds of our students. For more on the citizenship process, please click here.
Today we join the UNHCR, other non-profit and civic organizations, and many others to recognize World Refugee Day. We stand with our students and the estimated 43.7 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world. Perhaps most significantly, we thank our students for sharing their stories and enriching our lives here in the Bay Area.
World Refugee Day Events on June 21, 2012:
World Refugee Day in the East Bay
Join RT from 11:00 am-2:00 pm as we celebrate World Refugee Day with the East Bay Refugee Forum at the Lake Merritt Bandstand. For more, please click here.
Refugee Day Lecture Series
We will also be joining the United Nations Association of San Francisco for a Refugee Lecture Series from 5:00-8:00 pm at First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco. Register for this event here!
World Refugee Day in SF
Arriba Juntos and the Red Cross will be hosting a Refugee Awareness Celebration on Friday, June 21 from 12:30-3:30 pm at Arribas Juntos. For more, please click here.
Congratulations to all of our Spring 2013 English language development graduates at Good Samaritan Family Resource Center! A special thanks to their teacher, Refugee Transitions English Language Program Manager Elizabeth Dellaha (bottom row, far left). We're proud of all the work they have accomplished!
As Refugee Transitions has grown, we have added more site- and school-based programs to compliment our home-based tutoring and other wrap-around services. Site-based classes with Kids Clubs, such as this one at Good Samaritan, help mothers with young children make the English language gains they need to better provide for their families in the United States. We are proud of programs like these and we appreciate all of our community partners that help make such programs a reality. Through flexible and comprehensive services that are rooted in the local community, Refugee Transitions can reach isolated newcomers and more efficiently work to towards building refugee, immigrant, and asylee families' self-sufficiency in the United States.
Many of our students produce handcrafts, artwork, and other handmade goods, but have difficulty bringing these products to market in the US. The South Bay Craft Fair Committee aims to support student craft projects, facilitate student expression, develop relevant job skills, and help students sell their crafts in the local community.
According to Karen Cotter, RT Literacy Coach and Chair of the CFC, the CFC needs: "creative people; individuals who know the South Bay craft, art, and/or food scenes; people with business or accounting backgrounds; and those with just a desire to see their student succeed."
Interested? Bring all of your ideas to the the CFC's exploratory meeting Saturday May 11 at 10:00 in RT's South Bay Office (1922 the Alameda, Suite 425, San Jose). This meeting is open to both RT volunteers and students.
To RSVP for this meeting or to express your interest in future meetings, contact Karen Cotter.