This grant will support the New Arrivals Support Program (NASP) that operates from SAY San Diego’s Crawford Community Connection (CCC) school-based family resource center in City Heights. The program “bridges the gap between a refugee, asylum seeker or asylee’s arrival to the U.S. and a point of self-sufficiency and stability,” explains NASP Director, Lucia Acevedo Gonzales. This critical support from The San Diego Women’s Foundation will allow for expanded services such as individualized case management, connections to social services, events that promote cultural inclusion, and tangible resources that foster successful transitions to education and employment.
Nancy Gannon Hornberger, CEO of SAY San Diego views this award as timely and meaningful. “SAY San Diego is incredibly grateful and inspired by the women of the San Diego Women’s Foundation for their essential support of the refugee, asylee and newcomer community,” she states, adding that the foundation’s support is “so important every day, but especially in these critical moments.”