International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The IRC provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. Forced to flee conflict or persecution, many refugees have survived for years against incredible odds. They step off the plane with next to nothing but their dignity, hope and determination.
Opened in 1979, the IRC in San Jose provides services for newly arrived refugees for their first three months in the United States. These services include assistance with housing, employment, benefits, health insurance, English classes, cultural orientation and referrals to internal and external support.
Presbytery of San Jose
The Presbytery of San Jose serves 34 congregations located in Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties and has a long history of ministering to refugees by housing them in rental properties. The Presbytery of San Jose owns the Immanuel House property and leases it to the Immanuel House Refugee Project, Inc., a California nonprofit corporation. Although the house is owned by the Presbytery, it is a place of welcome and refuge for persons of all faiths, ethnicities and social groups.
Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley (JFS SV)
Since 1978, JFS SV has changed the lives of people throughout our community. JFS SV provides a broad range of social services to help people thrive. The agency’s programs are available without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or ability to pay.
Refugee and Immigrant Transitions
Refugee and Immigrant Transitions creates education, family engagement, and community leadership opportunities for the San Francisco Bay Area’s refugee, immigrant and asylee communities. Tutors from Refugee and Immigrant Transitions provide English-language training at the house.
Santa Clara County Refugee and Immigrant Forum
The Santa Clara County Refugee and Immigrant Forum facilitates the successful integration of refugees and immigrants into local communities through collaboration, resource sharing and fostering community awareness. The forum meets monthly and is comprised of nearly 20 members from county and city governments, non-profit organizations, resettlement agencies, contracted providers and other community partners who are involved with issues involving the county refugee and immigrant population.