Afghan Refugees

Afghan refugees, how you can help

The Bee’s special report, No Safe Place, chronicled the hardships faced by Afghan Special Immigrant Visa holders and their families who have resettled in Sacramento. Many readers have asked how they can help. Here are some organizations to contact:

Veteran, Immigrant and Refugee Trauma Institute of Sacramento

Organized by Dr. Fahim Pirzada, an SIV holder

Accepting money or services

Send checks to: VIRTIS at 2740 Fulton Ave., Suite 204, Sacramento, CA 95821.

No One Left Behind

Organized by Mike Zeller, former Army intelligence officer, in Washington, D.C. Sacramento branch opens in September

Email: Jason Gorey at

Sacramento Public Library

Help as ESL tutors

Casandra Issaka and Sabrina Rosengren at or 916-264-5094

Opening Doors

Accepting donations; need new car seats, bike helmets for children and adults, clean storage units, new mattresses, bus passes and gift cards


World Relief and


Partners with several churches:

Joy Justus, Church Mobilization Program manager, 916-581-0225

Bret Widman, pastor of River Life Covenant Church,

Mark Shetler, pastor at River City Christian church (formerly First Covenant), or 916-599-8422

Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services

Rocio Gonzalez, refugee coordinator, 916-313-7604

The International Rescue Committee

Has resettled hundreds of Afghan SIVs