Refugee Transitions is a highly respected organization that is well known through the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been supporting Refugee Transitions as a donor since 2010 and truly believe in the mission of the agency. I attended its benefit luncheon at The City Club of San Francisco last year and was impressed by its ability to meet the individual needs of so many low-income refugees and immigrants throughout the Bay Area by leveraging community volunteers. At the fundraising event, I heard from students who greatly benefited from its services. Because of the life-changing impact Refugee Transitions makes, I continue to donate and hope that Paragon Real Estate will partner with Refugee Transitions to sponsor its upcoming annual fundraising event to be held at the City Club in November 2012.
- Helena Zaludova
Refugee Transitions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and social service organization. Its mission is to assist refugee and immigrant families in becoming self-sufficient in the U. S. by providing services that help them attain English language, life, job and academic skills they need to succeed in their new communities.
Refugee Transitions is located in San Francisco with satellite offices in Oakland and San Jose. The organization began in San Francisco as the Refugee Women’s Program in 1982 in response to the large influx of Southeast Asian refugees being resettled into the low-income neighborhood of the Tenderloin. Since its inception as an independent agency in 1990, Refugee Transitions has expanded to serve diverse clients coming from the around the world who have resettled in San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. With a part-time staff of seven and a volunteer base of over 250, Refugee Transitions currently provides weekly, individualized, home-based instruction and on-site classes to over 1,000 low-income refugee and immigrant students annually.
Want to get involved?
Laura Vaudreuil, Executive Director
870 Market Street, Suite 718
San Francisco, CA 94102
About the Paragon Community Fund
From shelters to school arts programs, from food drives to counseling, we
participate in the services that many organizations perform in order to
make a positive difference in our community. Since 2004, the Paragon
Community Fund has provided close to $400,000 to local organizations.