For Americans this level of positivity appears to come naturally, whereas when I attempt to smile genuinely at someone I don’t know, it comes off as more of a grimace. I am outgoing and, shall we say, unafraid to share my voice, but even for me this is hard work.
Dian Alyan is a founder of GiveLight Foundation, a global non-profit organization that takes care of orphans who are displaced by natural disasters, extreme poverty, and conflict conditions around the globe.
The IRC offices in Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and Turlock (Northern California) offer many opportunities to assist with refugee resettlement. Whether you have time to act as a professional mentor, or even just help with a trip to the grocery store. You can make a difference.
As part of our new initiative to connect with a wider group of immigrants, we have been meeting with local organizations that provide essential support to refugees being resettled in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Resettlement in the US is their only beacon of hope. It is discordant to what America has always believed in…Isn’t the Statue of Liberty a symbol that signifies freedom from oppression? What about refugees fleeing from persecution in Syria, aren’t they entitled to life and freedom too? They’re every bit as human as you or I.
The festive season is well and truly upon us in the Bay Area, bursting through our front door without much warning just as Thanksgiving was packing its bags. A time traditionally devoted to peace, giving, generosity, family, and community, for many of us it’s a season more accustomed to baking, buying, wrapping and sending.
Maybe you’ve moved countries, states, or even just from one neighborhood to the next, and you’re starting to feel a little more settled in. Maybe after a long wait, your work visa or permanent resident card has finally arrived and you’re starting to think about getting back to work. But, regardless of your motivation to start looking for a job, we understand how daunting it can be!
As soon as I moved to the US, my husband`s company offered a series of meetings with a career coach, during which I discovered some unexpected differences not only in the job market, but also in the job search.