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.
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