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4575 - B Mission Gorge PlaceSan Diego, CA 92120

Seasoned Catholic Charities volunteer Mary is orientating this newly arrived family to their local surroundings and community.


To assist new refugee arrivals by introducing them to their living environment and local community. Show them the means to get basic functions accomplished for daily living. Meet and interact with people of different langauges and cultures! Enjoy assisting with the acculturation process, helping clients advance in self-reliance. Assist refugess by introducing them to their new home and local community by providing them with a sense of welcome and connection to the San Diego community at large.

TIME REQUIRED: Flexible 8 hours per week, Mon. - Fri., 9 AM to 5 PM.


  • Capable and interested in working with persons of different language/culture.

  • Possess a sense of hospitality, flexibility, patience and good humor

  • Prompt and conscientious about keeping appointments


  • Assess clients for family functioning needs, including personal safety procedures and hygiene expectations

  • Accompany clients to appointments, such as for school enrollment or welfare.

  • Introduce clients to public transportation system.

  • Introduce clients to proper etiquette for shopping at local grocery stores and markets.

  • Assist clients with knowing how to manage communication with their landlords, neighbors, and how to use apartment appliances, utilities, smoke alarms, laundry, mailbox, trash disposal/recycling, etc.

  • Show clients (provide tours) how to access services provided by local library, fire station, police and community organizations and schools.

  • Assist (if desired by client) with introduction to client’s faith community of choice.

  • Assist the client in knowing about local entertainment opportunities, i.e., sport facilities, parks, picnic places, beaches, museums, malls, etc.


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • flexible 8 hours per week, Mon - Fri. 9 AM to 5 PM
  • possible weekends

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