Alliance for African Assistance

aka AAA   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.alliance-for-africa.org

Mission

Guided by Christian values, our mission is to assist refugees, immigrants, the economically challenged and the underserved to become self-sufficient and productive members of their communities.

Ruling year info

1991

Principal Officer

Walter Lam

Main address

5952 El Cajon Blvd

San Diego, CA 92115 USA

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EIN

93-1008369

NTEE code info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Economic Development (S30)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Resettlement Program

The overarching aim of the Resettlement Department is to ease the resettlement transition by providing and connecting refugees with various resources that will guide them to self-sufficiency. Prior to a refugee's arrival, a case manager is assigned to the case and prepares for the new individual or family by finding them an affordable apartment, furnishing it with basic necessities, and stocking their kitchen with food for their first week. Case managers also give each refugee a comprehensive cultural and programmatic orientation to life in the United States. Refugees are informed about housing, employment, U.S. and California laws, and the additional programs offered by the Alliance. Each adult has the opportunity to enroll in English as a Second Language classes or seek additional ESL support through our tutoring program, where community volunteers teach and review lessons learned in ESL courses.

Population(s) Served

The Employment Department is dedicated to helping individuals search for, obtain, and sustain long-term employment that in turn leads to independence and the ability to truly thrive. Our Job Developers work to train our clients on the following: Resume and Cover Letter writing, online job searching, filling out applications, interview preparation, and assistance with transportation. Employment Service case managers also work one-on-one with clients and their families, many of whom are enrolled in the County of San Diego's CalWORKs Program. Each newly enrolled client is provided an orientation, Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) screening and Mental Health Screening (MHS) and a one-on-one consultation with their case manager who then helps to address their special needs and remove barriers to employment. Our Safari Seconds Thrift Store also functions as an on-the-job training site in a retail environment for many of our clients.

Population(s) Served

The overarching goal of the Economic Development Program is to empower marginalized community members to improve economic stability. Micro-enterprise assists clients with viable business plans. Participants in the program meet with strategists who help map out their plans, assess risks, and create realistic goals. They then apply for micro-enterprise loans to help kick start their projects. Our Financial Literacy program consists of a free, two month program with biweekly class meetings. Each participant receives a total of 16 hours of instruction over the course of the program. In addition, participants receive complimentary one-on-one consultation with program staff. Upon completion of the Financial Literacy courses, eligible students will transfer to the Individual Development Accounts (IDA) program, where individuals' savings are matched to acquire a pre-approved savings goal, such as an automobile, or post-secondary tuition.

Population(s) Served

In addition to addressing essential resettlement needs, the Alliance provides professional immigration and naturalization services to assist refugees and immigrants in navigating through the complex immigration process. We provide assistance with Adjustment of Status, applications for naturalization, Asylum and Refugee Issues, Certificates of Citizenship, Employment Authorizations, Relative Petitions, Green Cards and Replacement of Lost/Damaged USCIS Documents. By incorporating these services into our programming, the Immigration Department Coordinator has an insight into each client's particular needs and able to better cater to each person or family's needs.

Population(s) Served

Through the Alliance's Language and Cultural Solutions, we have accumulated a language bank of over 90 languages, offering low cost interpretation to the community, free interpretation services for our clients, and job training for new arrivals. We provide our refugees with interpretation services when needed to help with the interactions between our case managers, clinicians, or mental health specialists and the newly arrived refugees. We provide training on cultural sensitivity and this program offers a great opportunities for refugees to gain employment if they are fluent in English and another language.

Population(s) Served

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Awards

Community Service Award 2004

Lawyer's Club of San Diego

Corporate Humanitarian Award 2007

Center for Social Advocacy

Gerri Warren Humanitarian Award 2014

San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper

Financials

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Alliance for African Assistance

Board of directors
as of 11/09/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Roger Haines

Haines Solar Cookers

Term: 2019 - 2023

David Brown

Retired Financial Advisor

Clovis Honore

Community Organizer

Roger Haines

Retired Federal Prosecutor

Paul Devermann

Retired Rotary ED

Amina Muday

Small Business Owner

Bernadette Groeb

Small Business Owner

Marty Ferris

Retired Flight Attendant

Steve Treadgold

Retired Lawyer

Deep Lam

Vice President - Wells Fargo Bank

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/9/2021

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Leadership

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Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

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