We engage and support newcomer families by providing a range of opportunities and services to help families build new futures. Our goal is to assist newcomer families overcome language and cultural barriers and access jobs, health care, social services, and educational opportunities. We want both individuals and families to thrive through sustainable, comprehensive, and long-term solutions.
Successfully navigating life in a new country, with unfamiliar educational systems and civic structures, often requires a concerted family effort. We hold quarterly community events that welcome 100-200 newcomers and their family members. Our events feature staff- and partner-directed activities such as communal cooking of ethnic meals, arts and crafts for kids, soccer, and book giveaways. We also hold workshops on topics including the U.S. citizenship application process, knowing your rights, and managing your finances.
We offer regular field trips to areas around the San Francisco Bay Area for newcomers to learn more about their new community, bond with their volunteer tutors, and decrease isolation. In the past, we have offered trips to Alcatraz, Disney on Ice, the Exploratorium, SF Giants' Games, and a variety of local museums. Field trips are regularly offered to Home-based Volunteers and their students, along with our After-School students.
Social Adjustment/Care Management/Family Support
We are able to provide supplemental care management and family support to our highest-need families, connecting them to important community resources while preparing them for long-term self-sufficiency and self-advocacy. We continually communicate with our partners to ensure that our students have the family support options they need to thrive. Currently, we offer this service in Oakland.