Refugee Support

How to help

Here are ways you can help:

  • Driving to deliver groceries, household supplies, and/or furniture by signing up for our WhatsApp group.
  • Housing & Employment Leads When refugees first arrive in this country, they have no credit history or employment, making landlords hesitant to rent to them. Assistance in locating housing and/or jobs is the fundamental way to help them succeed. Please share housing or employment referrals and/or indicate a willingness to co-sign on a lease:
  • Donate to Afghan Refugee Support Fund MCC and SRVIC are in for the long haul, and we need your support. Your financial donations are needed now more than ever to ensure we have the funds to support new refugees:
  • We have quarterly bazaars coming up. Please sign up to give rides to refugees, translate, or help with set-up, clean-up, and bazaar operations.
  • Sign up to volunteer with sorting and food delivery at the food pantry.
  • Please purchase online household items for apartment furnishing that will ship directly to MCC using our Amazon apartment set-up gift list.
  • The primary needed items remaining are Amazon gift cards, unlocked cell phones, and Chromebooks. Message
  • Volunteer This form adds you to our leading volunteer sign-up form for updates and future opportunities.

How to receive help

Rental Assistance & Food

Thank you for allowing us the privilege to help you and your family.

To learn how we can partner with your family, please complete our application for:

Other Resources

Sponsoring a Family in Afghanistan

  • The SRVIC-MCC does not sponsor families. Please see this information sheet.
  • Please see CAIR-LA’s page here.
  • The 5Ive Pillars Organization here.


In-Kind Assistance

Foster Care

  • For those who speak Dari, Farsi, Pashto, or Arabic and are open to fostering Afghan children, please get in touch with Alameda County Social Services, Department of Children & Family Services by visiting their website and completing the contact form or by calling the Alameda County Adoption and Foster Care Hotline at (510) 259-3575.
  • To support unaccompanied Afghan minors in the Bay Area, please contact Kelsey Coplin, Community Coordinator, Refugee Foster Care Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, or 408.325.5273.
  • For housing assistance, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Refugee Programs Bureau.

Other Ways to Help

  • The SRVIC-MCC Refugee Team is helping resettlement efforts only in the Bay Area. Here are some local nonprofit organizations that are sending humanitarian aid overseas to Afghanistan:

Questions or comments?