Local organizations

Note: This page is frequently updated. It is by no means complete. These resources provide comprehensive updates.

Logo for 1951 Coffee Company
1951 Coffee Company is a non-profit specialty coffee organization seeking to promote the wellbeing of the refugee community in the San Francisco Bay Area by providing job training and employment to refugees and asylees while educating the surrounding community about refugee life and issues.

2410 Channing Way, Berkeley
(510) 280-6171

Daily Cal article - January 23, 2017
LA Times article - February 12, 2017
SF Chronicle article - February 6, 2017
KQED's Bay Area Bites - February 14, 2017
Daily Mail (UK) article - February 16, 2017

Logo for Catholic Charities of the East Bay
Catholic Charities of the East Bay is a diverse, multi-service nonprofit Human Services agency. Since 1935, it has played a central role in providing social services and advocacy to the poor and vulnerable in Contra Costa and Alameda counties regardless of their religious faith. Catholic Charities of the East Bay works with youth, children and families to promote self-sufficiency, strengthen families and pursue safety and justice.

433 Jefferson Street, Oakland
(510) 768-3100


Logo for the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI)
Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI)is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded in 2005 by a small group of bilingual/bicultural mental health professionals. It is dedicated to providing culturally competent mental health and other social services to refugee and immigrant families with multiple layers of complex needs, exposure to violence and trauma both in their current environment and in their native countries, and weakening intergenerational relationships.
The agency’s focus is on refugees and immigrants from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cambodia and Iran. Presently the majority of our 200 clients are Cambodian refugees living in Oakland, California.

544 International Boulevard, Suite 9, Oakland
(510) 444-1671


Logo for the East Bay Refugee Forum (EBRF)
East Bay Refugee Forum (EBRF or the Forum) is a partnership of over 38 agencies in Alameda County serving refugees. The Forum’s mission is to promote refugee self-sufficiency, leadership, advocacy, and to serve as the common voice for refugees in the San Francisco East Bay. Services provided by these agencies include:



Logo for the International Rescue Committee (IRC)
International Rescue Committee - Oakland

Our programs are designed to ensure refugees thrive in America--whether ensuring children are enrolled in school, adults become self-reliant through employment or starting businesses, or families receive acute medical care they need to recover from trauma or illness. The IRC helps those in need to rebuild their lives and regain control of their future in their new home community.

Refugees are greeted and welcomed at the airport by IRC case workers and volunteers to ensure their transition is as comfortable as possible. The IRC also makes sure newly arrived refugees receive:

Our programs in Oakland:

440 Grand Avenue, Suite 500, Oakland
(510) 452-8222


Logo for Jewish Family and Children's Services of the East Bay (JFCS)
Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) of the East Bay
Rooted in Jewish values and historical experiences, and inspired by the strengths of the diverse communities we serve, JFCS East Bay promotes the well-being of individuals and families by providing essential mental health and social services through every stage of life. We are proud to serve and support Alameda and Contra Costa county residents of all ages, races, and religions.

Note, Services for refugees and immigrants include:


Logo for Partnerships for Trauma Recovery (PTR)
Partnerships for Trauma Recovery joins the global movement to reduce the mental health gap by addressing psychological trauma caused by war, torture, human trafficking, and persecution due to identity and beliefs. We strive to narrow the gap by: (a) Expanding the availability of culturally aware, trauma-informed and contextually adapted mental health services; and (b) Reducing factors that cause trauma through trauma-informed policy analysis and advocacy.

See their Refugee Voices program and the Mosaic Healing Program.

1936 University Avenue, Suite 191, Berkeley
(510) 343-9026 for questions related to their mental health services
(510) 295-4924 for all other questions


Logo for Refugee Transitions (RT)
Refugee Transitions

Our mission is to assist refugee and immigrant families in becoming self-sufficient in the United States by providing services to help them attain the English language, life, job and academic skills they need to succeed in their new communities.

Education, Family Engagement, and Community Leadership programs for newcomers in the SF Bay Area. 

We currently serve over a thousand clients from over 50 countries and have offices in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.


Logo for SF-CAIRS
San Francisco Coalition of Asylee, Immigrant, and Refugee Services (SF-CAIRS)

Established in 2007, SF-CAIRS is a coalition of organizations serving the San Francisco Bay Area asylee, immigrant and refugee community and its service providers. SF-CAIRS is a multidisciplinary body of over 20 agencies and 60 members with representation from city government, community based organizations, employment, immigration and health care providers, educational and vocational training organizations and other support services.

We collaborate to ensure all immigrants live healthy and productive lives in a safe and inclusive environment by expanding resource knowledge among service providers about health, employment, social, education and legal services for recent refugees, political asylees and immigrants in San Francisco.

SF-CAIRS aims to serve San Francisco Bay Area asylee, immigrant and refugee communities and its service providers by:

The Membership Directory is a comprehensive list of San Francisco agencies serving asylees, immigrants, and refugees, and includes some agencies in the greater Bay Area.


Last updated August 13, 2017

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