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P.O. Box 201056
333 E. Washington Street
Stockton, CA 95202
(209) 468-1000

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REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Refugee Assistance Program (RAP) is a federally funded program which helps persons admitted to the U.S. as refugees to become self-sufficient as quickly as possible upon their arrival.  Temporary RAP cash assistance and medical aid are available to needy refugees who are not eligible for other cash or medical assistance programs.  In addition, employment services, health screenings and foster care services to unaccompanied minors are also available to refugees.

To help refugees become self-supporting as quickly as possible, federal funding is provided to state governments, city and county agencies, private and non-profit agencies that are responsible for providing services such as vocational English-as-a-Second Language classes, employment training and job search workshops.  Refugees receiving cash and medical assistance are required to enroll in employment services and to accept offers of employment.

Voluntary Resettlement Agencies assist refugees with goods and services within the first three months in the United States with the goal of helping them become self-sufficient without public assistance.

Since 1983, the local office of Refugee Assistance Program has helped thousands of Southeast Asian refugees resettle in San Joaquin County.  The majority came from Southeast Asian with lesser numbers from the former Soviet Union, Cuba, and from Yugoslavia. 

The Refugee Assistance Program is currently involved in the resettlement of new arriving Hmong refugees in San Joaquin County.  It is estimated that between 420 and 640 refugees will be resettled in Stockton and surrounding cities in FY 2004-05.  Through a network of Voluntary Resettlement Agencies, Mutual Assistance Associations, non-profit agencies, public health and social service agencies, educational institutions, and others, collaborative efforts are underway to facilitate the refugees transition to American culture and to our community.

For more information, please contact:
Olivia Briesmeister, HSA Program Coordinator
Refugee Assistance Program
56 S. Lincoln St. (In the WorkNet Building)
Stockton, CA 95203
(209) 468-2208
  

 

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