Sacramento agencies offer help to refugees from Syria

No numbers have been made available no vetting process outlined but several refugee resettlement agencies in the Sacramento area are bracing themselves for an influx of refugees from Syria. Nov. 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO- Governor Brown said he will work closely with President Obama to uphold America's traditional role as a place of asylum but he says he'll ensure that refugees are "fully vetted in a sophisticated and utterly reliable way."

While no numbers have been made available, several refugee resettlement agencies in the Sacramento area are bracing themselves for the possibility of an influx of refugees from Syria.

In Sacramento, the walls of World Relief show faces of refugees that have been helped to find a home, furniture, jobs, doctors, food. They've helped several Syrian families relocate to our area.

So have other agencies like Opening Doors.

Nacheda Boulad volunteered for Opening Doors. She was originally from Syria. "I feel so bad for my country," said Boulad.

Opening Doors offered refugee resettlement help among other things.

"We started accepting Syrian refugees in April. Since then, we have received five families-- a total of 25 individuals," said Amira Kotb, the refugee resettlement program manager for Opening Doors.

Some of those Syrian refugees were now in school, others taking English classes.

"Some of them have even started working," said Kotb. Opening Doors wasn't sure how many Syrian refugees were coming, but they're ramping up

"We're trying to do our best to be ready," said Kotb.

And, they're asking for the public's help with donations, temporary housing, or transportation services--like airport pickups, doctors visits, etc.

KOTB said she's gotten lots of calls today about the Syrian refugee crisis.

"It's mixed calls. People who support, people who are worried who might bring in refugees who are not. you known, truly refugees," said Kotb.

Kamal Mansoor lived in Syria for five years after fleeing from his native country of Iraq.

"Very sad, it's very sad. It's horrible now in Syria," said Mansoor. He arrived in the U.S. in 2010--- before the terror started in Syria.

With a microloan from Opening doors, he opened up a used car lot K.A.S. Auto Sales on Fulton Avenue.

"Anyone who works hard, can get successful," said Mansoor. Mansoor said he's proof that the American Dream is alive and that refugees can turn their lives around if they're just given a second chance.

"If they come here, it's better for them," said Mansoor.


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