Community Resources

Community Organizations & Resources

bbs-logo-transparent1-300x142British Benevolent Society

Dating back to the 1950’s, BBS could be mistaken for an outdated, old world charity. However, that is not the case anymore. Recently rejuvenated, the British Benevolent Society is on a mission to become more proactive and help a greater number of people across a larger geography. While they will continue to protect, support, prepare and connect Brits living in California; they have also enhanced their offerings to provide critical information to newly arrived expats, from anywhere in the world. You can learn more about their Orientation Day 2016 here.

Deborah’s PalmDeborah's Palm, Palo Alto - Women's Community Center

Deborah’s Palm, in Palo Alto is a special place created by women, for women. They know that during your lifetime you will experience diverse challenges and the ups and downs of life. Regardless of what you are going through, you are welcome. There are no membership fees and you can drop in anytime: join a group, read a book, meet with a counselor, or just relax and have a cup of tea.
We partner with Deborah’s Palm to provide support for the international/expat community. Miriam, the relocation program manager offers regular Newcomer Coffee meet-up as well as additional tailored support.

Coaching and Training for Intercultural, Career, and Life TransitionsYvonne Lefort - Career and Intercultural Transitions

Yvonne Lefort, MA, is a career coach and intercultural trainer. She has coached adults in career transition, International spouses, re-entry mothers, laid-off workers, college students, refugees and immigrants. Yvonne speaks several languages, and has lived, worked and studies abroad in France and Germany. Yvonne offers an abundance of free resources, as well as classes, workshops and more. If you are struggling to start a new career in the Bay Area, please contact her. She also offers regular meet-ups, usually in the East Bay.

The Expat WomanThe Expat Woman - logo

A resource and media site designed for women from all over the globe who have moved to the US recently, lived here for a while or are planning to move here.  Our goal is to help international women connect with each other, share stories on how to navigate the USA and achieve their dreams.  The Expat Woman Meetup organizes events every month that include workshops and panel discussions, networking events, happy hours and  exploring local haunts.


Resources for International Students, Scholars & Families at Stanford University

Bechtel International Center, StanfordBechtel International Center

As a Stanford International student, scholar, or family member, this should be your first stop for all immigration questions. They can also help with passport photos, social activities, excursions, and more. The Resource Center for International Families is staffed by helpful volunteers. Look for the giant bulletin board in the lobby for classes, meet-ups and more. These classes change each quarter, and are run by internationals, for internationals. Here you can find exercise and dance classes, cooking lessons, book clubs, baby & toddler playgroups and more. You can subscribe to a weekly newsletter, providing information about classes, events and news for the week; for internationals and their families. You can also follow them on Facebook.

Community Committee for International Students at Stanford (CCIS)Community Committee for International Students at Stanford

A volunteer organization affiliated with the Bechtel International Center at Stanford University.  CCIS supports international students and their families with a variety of programs, classes, and events such as Friday Coffee Morning (in association with Bechtel), Language Classes, Picnics and Ice Cream Socials, Music Nights, The Loan Closet and much, much more. You can now find CCIS on Facebook!