SCN opened its San Diego chapter in September of 2016 to supplement the work being done by resettlement agencies and other providers and community-based organizations, and fill in the gaps for the roughly 200 Syrian refugee families who had recently arrived in San Diego at the time. From the beginning, SCN’s goal has been to coordinate closely with partner organizations to connect families with existing resources first, then provide whatever support is still urgently needed but not available.
SCN’s impact on the lives of refugee families has been direct and significant:
in direct financial assistance to over 200 refugee families to ease families’ transition to life in the U.S.
American mentor families matched to support refugee families with social, emotional and financial support
vehicles donated, empowering families to take a quick step toward independence and better access employment, services and other opportunities
- Assisted with countless hours of culturally and linguistically appropriate, individualized and in-home case management services through two full time case workers, supporting families with everything from furnishing their apartments to reading their mail, getting much needed medical care, communicating with landlords, enrolling kids in school, going to job interviews and anything and everything in between.
- Established effective relationships with a large number of local service providers, including all four San Diego resettlement agencies (Catholic Charities, IRC, AAA, JFS), Welfare to Work contractors PCG and ResCare, San Diego Refugee Tutoring, El Cajon Police Department, Cajon Valley Union School District, Family Health Centers of San Diego, License to Freedom, Miry’s List, Second Families and many more.
Rides for Refugees
Rides for Refugees is an ongoing campaign to connect refugee families in San Diego with used and donated vehicles. To date, SCN – San Diego has helped over 60 families get a car, which in turn gives them greater agency to find work, access health care, and bring their children to school. A car also enables refugee families to explore their new city, engage with their community, and volunteer.
Transportation means freedom, opportunity, and a greater sense of connectedness to community. We are committed to helping refugee families help themselves, and a donated car is a great way to help a family move toward self sufficiency and reduce reliance on others.
If you are interested in donating a vehicle or have other questions about Rides for Refugees, please contact Sofia, email@example.com.
Syrian Community Network (SCN)