The COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges for refugee families globally, particularly those living in multi-generational households.
Events in San Diego
Events in United States
San Diego County Refugee Families Emergency Fund
Through Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) and in collaboration with prominent refugee programs in San Diego, this emergency fund plan provides small, one-time grants to cover rent, utilities, childcare, food, and other emergency needs for refugees in San Diego. As of May 22nd, they have already provided emergency grants to 250 families and a total of 1,502 individuals.
San Diego College of Continuing Education
SDCCE has begun to roll out a support program for its immigrant and refugee students in light of new COVID19-related hardships. They are hosting twice-weekly virtual forums in English and Spanish to share resources and information. Topics are chosen by the students.
Youth Mentoring Project Award
Three San Diego nonprofits (The International Rescue Committee, Jewish Family Services of San Diego, and Somali Bantu Association of America ) receive awards of$55,000 each to provide youth, ages 15-24, with mentoring services and to support refugee youth.
MAKE Projects (Merging Agriculture, Kitchens + Employment) is a social enterprise of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Their mission is to help refugee and immigrant communities gain skills and knowledge to build stability and success in their lives. Their locally-sourced, globally-inspired meals are prepared from scratch daily by client participants and their menus explore their diverse cultural backgrounds as well as celebrate the abundant produce available right here in the San Diego area.
Learning Pods at St. Luke's Episcopal Church San Diego
Recognizing that due to COVID-19 complications, many students are struggling to study in their sometimes crowded and noisy homes, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, where many refugee families are members, creates a “learning pod”. Here, students can receive support and a quiet place attend their online classes while maintaining social distance.