Community Resources

Refugee Transitions has compiled various resources related to helping newcomers in our shared communities. More resources are available to RT volunteers. If you are interested in becoming an RT volunteer, please check for all details. 

Newcomer Assistance

Refugee Transitions often receives requests for assistance outside of our current service areas. We have compiled some local resources which may be useful to newcomers and those assisting them.

Resources in San Francisco and Alameda County

Resources in All Bay Area Counties

Cross-Cultural Understanding

Refugee Backgrounders

This page provides useful and detailed information about refugees from different countries and cultures. The publications include a population's history, culture, religion, language, education, and resettlement needs, as well as brief demographic information. 

Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services

A collection of resources relating to the needs of refugee children. 

ESL/ Teaching Links

The Spring Institute

The Spring Institute provides many useful teaching materials for working with literacy level students and resources for working with students who have experienced trauma.


The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the INS) website has information about taking the citizenship exam, test questions, and online application and change of address forms.

ERIC--Trauma and Adult Learning

This resource discusses individual responses to trauma, its effects on learning, and ways in which educators can respond. Published by Educational Resources Information Center.

Adolescent Literacy

This article on the website discusses how to motivate reluctant adolescent readers. Common Core

For practicing math and language arts using Common Core standards.