Members and partners of the East Bay Refugee Forum


1951 Coffee (510-280-6153) Provides training to new arrival refugees and asylees as baristas in the coffee industry.


Afghan Coalition (510-745-1682) Provides safety net wrap around services to include advocacy for access to services, translation, health education, mental health referrals, ESL, computer literacy, microenterprise, cultural counseling, and cultural events.


African Advocacy Network (AAN) (415-503-1032) Provides safety net service assistance, immigration legal services, education, interpretation, community navigator services for new arrivals who herald from countries across the African continent.


Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (510-567-8100) Our mission is to maximize the recovery, resilience and wellness of all eligible Alameda County residents who are developing or experiencing serious mental health, alcohol or drug concerns. We envision communities where all individuals and their families can successfully realize their potential and pursue their dreams, and where stigma and discrimination against those with mental health and/or alcohol and drug issues are remnants of the past.


Alameda County Medical Center Eastmont Wellness (510-895-7355) Provides Refugee Health Screening Services in Alameda County as well as ongoing primary care for adults and children.


Alameda County Public Health Department (510-267-8000) Alameda County Public Health Department serves 1.5 million residents in 13 cities. The backbone of ACPHD’s work includes health assessments, disease prevention and control, community mobilization and outreach, policy development, education, and assurance of access to quality medical and health care services.


Alameda County Social Services Agency  Administers Public Safety Net Benefit Programs to include CalWORKS, CalFRESH, MediCal, Refugee Cash Assistance, General Assistance, domestic violence resources, employment and job training supportive services/referrals, and emergency shelter service. Seat of the County Refugee Coordinator.


American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter (510-595-4400) Provides resources for emergencies including disasters to include emergency messaging, and re-connecting families separated by armed conflicts and other international crises.


ARTogether (916-534-5389) ARTogether is a resource center for the Bay Area’s refugee community, providing free creative arts workshops within a setting that supports social gathering, human connection, and community-building. ARTogether strives to adapt to the special circumstances of the diverse groups that they work with, considering family, country of origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, time in the United States, and access to transportation. ARTogether partners with local organizations to develop and customize its workshops and community events, while providing financial and community support for local refugee artists. ARTogether’s activities are led by talented and passionate artists, most of whom are bilingual and belong to underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, and the queer community. ARTogether stands alone as the only creative arts program in the San Francisco Bay Area that specifically serves refugees.


Asian Health Services (510-735-3100)  Asian Health Services provides health, social, and advocacy services for all regardless of income, insurance status, immigration status, language, or culture. Our approach to wellbeing focuses on “whole patient health,” which is why we provide more than primary care services, including mental health, case management, nutrition, and dental care to more than 28,000 patients in English and over 12 Asian languages: Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Mien, Lao, Mongolian, Karen, Karenni, and Burmese. We offer medical, dental, and mental health services for all ages. We also recognize that a patient’s health is directly linked to their social and economic circumstances. That’s why we are dedicated advocates, and we promote policies that make our communities a safer and healthier place to live.


At Home Humanitarian (801-641-6015) At Home Humanitarian is a grassroots effort focused on socially integrating refugees, asylees, and immigrants while building tolerance and understanding throughout their new communities. Our core work focuses on mentor matching, community acculturation events, and providing extracurricular opportunities. Mentorships, outings, and scholarships.


Bay Area Immigrant and Refugee Services (BAIRS) (510-574-0836 or 510-759-3508) Provides social services linkages, employment & job training, interpretation services, and older refugee adult services.


Bay Area Legal Aid (510-663-4744) provides low-income clients with free civil legal assistance, including legal advice and counsel, effective referrals, and legal representation. We are the largest civil legal aid provider serving seven Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. We help our clients protect their families, their health, and their livelihoods through the following practice areas and special projects: Consumer protection; health care access; domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and services; immigration; economic justice; housing preservation and homelessness prevention; reentry; veterans services; youth services.


Bhutanese Community in California ((510-703-1631‬) Cultural activities.


The Bread Project (510-594-1702) A 3 week, job training program in the baking and food industries for low-income individuals including refugees, with an additional 15 months of job search support after completing the program.


Burma Refugee Families and Newcomers (BRFN) (510-730-2736) Social Adjustment services for new arrivals 0-5 years in need of assistance to navigate new systems.


Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) (510-768-3106) Refugee resettlement and refugee employment services, social adjustment services for new arrivals 0-5 years, housing assistance, general legal services, social services, social support and mental health services, financial assistance and resources, financial literacy, emergency shelter services.


Center for Empowering Refugees & Immigrants (CERI) (510-444-1671) Mental health and other social services linkages to refugee and immigrant families, clinical therapy, group therapy, wellness activities for men and women, ESL.


Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA) (510-835-2777) Health benefits, food & housing assistance, social services, immigration & legal services, social support & mental health services, domestic violence resources, substance abuse services, youth programs & services, interpretation & community navigator services.


Contra Costa County Behavioral Health Services (925-957-5150) The mission of Contra Costa Behavioral Health, in partnership with consumers, families, staff, and community-based agencies, is to provide welcoming, integrated services for mental health, substance abuse, homelessness and other needs that promote wellness, recovery, and resiliency while respecting the complexity and diversity of the people we serve. Contra Costa Behavioral Health envisions a system of care that supports independence, hope, and healthy lives by making accessible behavioral health services that are responsive, integrated, compassionate, and respectful.


Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Division (925-608-4800) Employment & Human Services partners with the community to deliver quality services to ensure access to resources that support, protect, and empower individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency. Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA); Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)


Contra Costa County Health Care Services (925-957-5400) Our mission is to care for and improve the health of all people in Contra Costa County with special attention to those who are most vulnerable to health problems.


Diversity in Health Training Institute (DHTI) (510-838-1110) Helps immigrants pursue healthcare careers through coaching, training in job skills necessary for employment in the US healthcare system, and developing pathways to employers.


Harbor House Ministries (510-534-0165) Provides ESL, food, clothing and housing assistance, youth programs and services, education, employment and job training, and childcare programs.


International Rescue Committee (IRC) (510) 452-8222 Provider of refugee resettlement services throughout Northern California, refugee employment services to include the Office of Refugee Resettlement Match Grant Program, immigration legal services, intensive case management (Oakland office), and wellness programs to include community gardening.


Jewish Family and Community Services of the East Bay (JFCS-East Bay) (925-927-2000) Provider of refugee resettlement services in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties and immigration legal services.


Lao Family Community Development, Inc. (LFCD) (510-533-8850) Provides employment and job training, ESL, youth programs & services,  interpretation services, microloan, microfinance, individual development savings accounts, financial literacy, and crime victim support assistance.


NARIKA ( 510-444-6068 Office Line and 510-444-6048 for Helpline) A confidential helpline for survivors of domestic violence and abuse.


Oakland International High School (OIHS)(510-597-4287) Provides ESL, mental health, youth programs, education, financial & computer literacy.


Oakland Unified School District Refugee & Asylee Student Assistance Program (OUSD RASAP) (510-273-1661) School enrollment, placement and support for new arrival students and their families. The Refugee & Asylee Program identifies, supports, and tracks newly-arrived refugee students, providing crucial services in support of their school integration and academic success. By working together with community partners and other OUSD departments, our program allows for school sites to both refer students and reach out to the program for assistance when needed. Specifically, our program offers school enrollment assistance, school orientation, tutoring, family engagement, and targeted educational support for refugee students and families during the summer. Additionally, we provide educational case-management for high-need students, and social emotional learning opportunities for refugee & asylee students, such as our partnerships with Soccer Without Borders and Opera Piccola, a community arts organization.


Oasis Legal Services (510- 666-6687) Legal immigration services to under-represented low-income groups with a focus on LGBTQIA+ communities.


Pars Equality Center (650-321-6400 or 408-261-6400) Provides ESL, home based tutoring, immigration services, social services, interpretation services, employment assistance services.


Partnerships for Trauma Recovery (510) 295-4924) Provides mental health care for international survivors of human rights abuses and clinical training for psychology and social work students.


Refugee Transitions (RT)(415-989-2151) Provides ESL for adults in a school based setting to include family literacy, social adjustment services (to assist refugees and asylees to navigate new systems (such as safety net services to include health care, public benefits etc.), youth programs & services, education, home based tutoring.


San Francisco Coalition for Asylee, Immigrant and Refugee Services (SF-CAIRS)  Collaborative cross-link for services and resources for newcomer populations in San Francisco. 


San Francisco Department of Public Health/Newcomers Health Program (415-206-8608) Health Care (SF Refugee Health Assessment Program, urgent & primary care, and referrals to specialists, Asylum Orientations)


Soccer Without Borders (510-859-4874) Provides year-round soccer, community-building, and academic support activities for refugee children and youth. Free program that provides sports equipment needed for youth to play in soccer leagues with their SWB teams throughout the Fall, Winter, Spring and offers educational summer camps.


STAND! For Families Free of Violence (1-888-215-5555 for crisis line and 925-676-2774 for office) Domestic Violence Service Provider in Contra Costa County providing prevention, intervention, and treatment programs in community partnership to stop domestic violence and child abuse, deliver children’s therapy, childcare, and children’s educational programs to abused children and those affected by domestic violence, trains legal and law enforcement personnel, human services professionals, educators and health care providers, provides safety net services and referrals to those affected by DV and family violence.


Street Level Health Project (SLHP) (510-533-9906) Provides health care (urgent & general care), assistance in accessing safety net services to include linkages to a medical home for primary and specialty care, health insurance assistance (Medi-Cal and HealthPAC), food assistance, social support & mental health.


Upwardly Global (415-834-9901) Employment assistance and job search skills training for recently arrived immigrant and refugee professionals to the US who have full work-authorization.


Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (510-891-9999) ESL and citizenship classes, health and wellness education and screening, food and housing assistance, senior center, hot lunches and food bank program for seniors, social services, domestic violence resources, education, financial assistance & resources, rapid response education program and legal referrals for undocumented, employment placement, notary services, voter registration services, interpretation & community navigator services, computer literacy and DOJ certified services for citizenship application (N-400).


The Wright Institute Sanctuary Project (WISP) 510-239-2016 WISP offers psychological evaluation services and low-fee psychotherapy to asylum seekers who are clients of the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant.