The Central American Refugee Committee of the East Bay (CRECE) shares our space. CRECE runs a youth soccer league and an off-site food distribution, as well as providing other services to the Latin American refugee community.
We also partner with other organizations who refer potential guests to us, help us find resources, or join with us in advocacy for justice and peace. For example, we often participate in a monthly vigil outside an immigrant detention center with the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
Hospitality and Accompaniment
Throughout the year we host cultural and religious events at the house. The events are organized by our volunteer staff and members of our extended Latin American community and include special masses (Dia de los Muertos, Beatification of Oscar Romero, etc.), volunteer appreciation events, Las Posadas, Via Cruces, and Thanksgiving. Please go to our events page to see what we are up to!
The center of our work is our guest accompaniment program. We host Latin American immigrants and refugees (adults or families) who are in need of a place to stay for up to four months. New guests often find us through nearby churches that know us, family, friends, former guests, and other community organizations. In addition to providing the basic necessities of food and housing during their stay, our case management team meets with guests every week to help them to determine their goals and work to achieve them. We provide support as they save money, look for jobs and affordable housing, and access needed legal, medical, and educational services.
Every Monday and Wednesday, we prepare a hot meal (usually rice, beans, fruit, and a drink), which we serve to anyone who comes by our door from 11am-2pm. We depend on volunteers to carry out this program, so please contact us if you are interested in helping!
Every Thursday we have a food distribution from 11:00am to 12:30 pm, for a diverse group of people that includes English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mam, and Burmese speakers.. We hand out bags or boxes of groceries to 200-300 families each week. Most of the food comes from the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and usually includes lots of fresh produce,, bread, and sometimes canned goods, rice, beans, or eggs. A team of dedicated volunteers helps us carry out this event every week--some even arrive as early as 7:30am to help set up--and we are always looking for new people to join us.
We offer free English classes for beginners to our guests who live in the house and to anyone else who wants to attend. Our next session will run from June 19th-August 11th, 2017. When classes are in session, they take place every weekday morning from 10am-11:30am except Thursdays, and every weeknight from 7pm-8:30pm except Fridays. Throughout the months of January and May, we also offer several weekly conversation hours. We rely on volunteer teachers and conversation partners to sustain these programs, so please contact us if you are interested in helping out!
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