March 2021 Newsletter
We had a very successful Valentine’s food drive to support our participants. As always, we thank North Valley Caring Services for their ongoing support. We are also profoundly grateful to Baby2Baby, Jons Market, Han Yang Presbyterian Church, the Bahá’i Faith Community and all those individuals and families who dropped off their donations.
Both our social services and immigration legal services continue welcoming incoming participants and supporting current participants.
We are also excited to share that we connected with the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra. Our students, ages 5 to 18, had their first meet and greet session this month and will start a customized music program next week. It was amazing to witness our children’s excitement and inquisitive minds answering questions and sharing about themselves.
Spring 2021 children/family programming:
- COOPERE (Cooperativa de personas Refugiadas), Refugee’s cooperative: An initiative that seeks to inspire and equip refugees and immigrants with training and tools, particularly women, to become financially independent and self-sufficient. Ongoing, M-F, at different times, via Zoom.
- Sunday Funday: A safe space for children ages 6 to 12, to interact with peers and to have virtual tours to the zoo and other places worldwide. Dates and Times: every Sunday at 11 am via Zoom.
- Tutoring and Mentoring Program: Assistance with academic topics that minors ages 5 to 15 need help with, math, including reading and writing in English as well as checking in for emotional support. Dates and Times: Ongoing M to F, at different times via Zoom.
- Food and Basic Needs Relief Program: Food pantry and basic needs distribution, with in-person pickups on Fridays and home delivery on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm.
- Parents Virtual Support Group: A safe space to promote mental well-being and teach skills for stress reduction amongst parents. Starting Next week.
On another note, we are so relieved to know that families who are seeking asylum and have been enrolled in the Migrant Protocol Program for over a year in Mexico are finally being let into the United States. As partners with the North Hills Hispanic United Methodist Mission Church, and members of the Cal-Pac Immigration Task Force, we coordinated a donation pick-up with Rev. Dr. Joel Hortiales, Director of Hispanic/Latino Ministries and Border Concerns. Our surplus of children’s toys, and clothing donation was gratefully received by Christ Ministry Center in San Diego California, which provides a” ‘safe harbor’ for refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers, migrants in detention and families broken by deportation.”
Additionally, we also joined the California Welcoming Task Force, which is “a binational coalition dedicated to re-envisioning and bringing about a U.S. immigration system that welcomes people seeking asylum, safely and expeditiously into the United States, by coordinating across the humanitarian, legal, public health, advocacy and communications sectors”.
The SFVRCC is securing items below to distribute in San Diego, CA. We will also be donating funds with the express purpose of purchasing items needed by the Chaparral encampment (PedWest port of entry on the Mexican side).
- PPE (facemasks, hand sanitizer, etc.)Wipes / Moist Towelettes for cleaning skin (not for disinfecting, rather for face and body)
- NEW underwear, socks, undershirts
- Basic medicine (cough syrup, etc.)
- Food (prepared, individual hot meals and/or non-perishable food items.
You are welcome to support this cause by donating items or funds and including in the memo “Assistance for the Chaparral Encampment.”
Thank you for your continued support!
The SFVRCC Team