The Refugee Resettlement Program
Opening Doors’ Resettlement Program helps those who have been forced to flee their home countries remake their lives in our community. This year, over 600 refugees are expected to be resettled in Sacramento through Opening Doors, Inc.
The goal of the Opening Doors’ Resettlement Program is to assist our clients with all aspects of resettlement and integration into a new country and way of life. Staff and volunteers go to work before the individual or family arrives, renting an apartment and furnishing it with everything the newcomers will require. On the day of arrival, the staff/volunteer team meets the family at the airport and transports them to their new home. They then act as advocates, helping to ensure that the clients receive access to any resources they may need including medical care, English Language education and job development opportunities. We remain in constant contact with each of our clients for the first six months of their resettlement, providing guidance as they begin to tackle the challenges they face to become self sufficient, self reliant and productive members of society.
Intern Job Description
Refugee Resettlement interns play a key role in assisting in the many aspects of resettlement and integration for our refugees. As an intern you will accompany newly arrived refugees to welfare, social security and health care appointments. At these appointments the intern must be comfortable advocating on behalf of the individual if any problems arise. Interns help ensure that our clients are receiving the benefits and access to the resources they need.
Refugee Resettlement interns will learn the intricacies of case management including assisting with maintaining case notes and paperwork for our affiliate Church World Service.
Refugee Resettlement interns take the initiative to develop individual projects that may help the refugee program and refugee clients. These projects may include fundraising events, community outreach, donations and volunteer coordination, and development programs.
- Immigration Law
- Case Work / Management
- Administrative Support
- Social Work
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- A minimum of 3 months
- Language capacity in Farsi, Dari, Pashto preferred, but not required.