We are grateful to partner with the following organizations:
Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County Inc., CAB
The Community Action Board provides services including, but not limited to: the Day Workers Center, and the Santa Cruz County Immigration Project. Welcoming Network is part of the Thriving Immigrants Collaborative that CAB hosts.
The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity joins with people of faith to act on these core beliefs: welcome the refugee, treat the stranger as your own, compassion knows no borders, love has no walls. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, the Baháʼí faith and many others share a central commitment to the sacredness of every person. IM4H has provided training to Welcoming Network and the team model for assisting asylum-seekers and other refugees.
New Anchor exists to raise awareness about the global refugee crisis, and to create opportunities for Americans to make a difference by helping those new arrivals with housing. Welcoming Network has received financial assistance from New Anchor to assist with rent for asylum-seekers we are accompanying.
Rice Plus Project
The Rice Plus Project, based in Carmel, is a nonprofit organization of people who want to feed, clothe and help those less fortunate in our local communities. They are providing a van load of nutritious food each month for distribution to our Welcoming Network families.
Santa Cruz Hub for Sustainable Living
The Hub is a constellation of projects that support skill-sharing, appropriate re/use of resources and interconnected and creative communities. The Hub is the fiscal sponsor for Welcoming Network. The Hub is a 501(c)(3) agency able to accept donations, grants, and IRA-qualified charitable distributions. The Hub provides receipts necessary for tax deductions.
During the pandemic, Welcoming Network collaborated with Senderos to distribute food and funds to refugee families. Senderos is a multi-service nonprofit creating pathways to success and building community by sharing Latino culture through cultural arts and by fostering educational opportunities. Senderos, meaning pathways, celebrates Latino culture and history through the artistic expression of dance and music, as well as supporting student academic success and adult basic education. While representing their countries of origin with pride, Senderos participants bring art, culture, and community together to break down barriers and increase understanding and the acceptance of diversity throughout Santa Cruz County.
Other partners include local churches, temples, other faith organizations, foundations, governmental services, and community services. We are thankful to share the responsibility and the opportunity to welcome asylum-seekers and other refugees with many wonderful organizations.
With the help of partners such as the Rice Plus Project, volunteers procure and distribute much-needed basic food and supplies.