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Announcing RT's Volunteer Recruitment Challenge in the South Bay!

To learn more, please join us:
South Bay Volunteer Orientation  
Wed., 7:00 PM, April 23, 2014 
1922 The Alameda, Suite 425, San Jose, CA             



Refugee Transitions Announces New Logo 

Our refreshed logo is modern and reflects RT's commitment to bridging our global community and creating cross-cultural relationships.  As a nod to our past, we've retained core elements of our look, including our orange and blue color palette, while also incorporating a more relaxed, friendly, and tech-forward style that reflects our Bay Area roots.   You'll notice our logo also features our three progressive program areas: education, family engagement, and community leadership.   Along with the dedication of our staff, incredible volunteers, and committed supporters, these focus areas have allowed us to create pathways forward for refugee, immigrant, and asylee newcomers since 1982.  Our refreshed logo is part of a broader initiative to streamline our programs, strengthen our communication, and reach more isolated newcomers in the Bay Area. If you are interested, there hasn't been a more exciting time to join us as a volunteer or supporter!  Be the bridge that connects your community.     



Becoming an American

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.  


World Refugee Day 2013


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 graduates! 

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.