This project provides food, and access to medical and other services, to 2000 refugees struggling to become self sufficient in San Diego County, where increasing arrivals have long outpaced resources.
Of the more than 80,000 refugees currently living in San Diego county, over a half have limited or no English skills, and over a third are not literate in any language. Many bring physical disabilities and other health issues, and many have suffered severe traumas. Newcomers often have never lived in a city, used money or electricity, or ridden in a car before their journey from refugee camp to San Diego. Solving basic need, health and access issues helps those refugees adapt to their new life.
The project will provide translation, transportation, and advocacy and access resources for the refugees who need them, and supply medications and other daily necessities, to which many do not have access.
At least 2,000 refugees will be served per year. They will learn how to access services available to them, and develop self confidence; and they will become active and productive community members.
I came to this country as a student. I had difficulty adapting and I saw refugees with far more problems in front of them. I started to help, and I have volunteered with the Network now for 14years! - Elaine McLevie, Fund raiser/ Community Relations Volunteer
Total Funding Received to Date: $9,940
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $70,060
Total Funding Goal: $80,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).