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

http://virtis-ptsd.org

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

http://nooneleft.org

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

https://www.facebook.com/Community-Alliance-for-Refugees-936184966463479

Email: Jason Gorey at jason@nooneleft.org

CommunityAlliance@yahoo.com

Sacramento Public Library

www.saclibrary.org/Services/Adult-Learning/Adult-Literacy

Help as ESL tutors

Casandra Issaka and Sabrina Rosengren at literacy@saclibrary.org or 916-264-5094

Opening Doors

www.openingdoorsinc.org/volunteer-with-refugees.php

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

916-492-2591

World Relief

www.worldrelief.org and www.facebook.com/worldrelief

916-978-2650

Partners with several churches:

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

Bret Widman, pastor of River Life Covenant Church, bretwidman@riverlife.org

Mark Shetler, pastor at River City Christian church (formerly First Covenant), mshetler@rivercitychristian.org or 916-599-8422

Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services

www.sacramentofoodbank.org/refugee-resettlement

Rocio Gonzalez, refugee coordinator, 916-313-7604

The International Rescue Committee

https://www.rescue.org/united-states/sacramento-ca

Has resettled hundreds of Afghan SIVs

916-482-0120

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