Join AccessCal’s After School Program Today!

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 Monday-Thursday 3:00-5:00 p.m.

 What We Do:

Work on topics covered in school

Assist with homework

Develop reading skills

Learn study strategies

Provide social skill building sessions

Participate in fun activities

 

Services We Offer:

Individual and Group Tutoring

Assistance in Math and English

Grades 4th – 12th

Snacks Provided

 

For more Information

Camillia Malhis

After school program coordinator

Camillia@accesscal.org

714) 947-0440 ext. 228

 

CBS Producer Comes to AccessCal

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CBS producer Diane M. Ronnau met with Executive Director Nahla Kayali yesterday to discuss the Syrian community and our refugee support services here at AccessCal. Here is Ms. Kayali giving Mrs. Ronnau a tour around our office.

“This is an amazing organization,” Ronnau said as she walked out of  the ESL class full of immigrants. “Everyone seemed so happy.”

 

 

 

AccessCal Accepting Applications for AmeriCorps Members 2016-2017

Our AmeriCorps members:

  • Commit to a year-long term of service
  • Must serve 1,700 hours full-time
  • Receive an annual living allowance of $12,000 for 2016-2017
  • Earn a Segal Educational Award of $5,700 upon completion of the service year

Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident
  • 18 years or older
  • Bi-cultural or bilingual
  • One-year commitment to the program
  • Must pass criminal history background check
  • Please bring a resume to the orientation

AccessCal Launches the “Quilt of Support” Campaign

The AccessCal Quilt of Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AccessCal has launched the “Quilt of Support” campaign! This campaign highlights various individuals from the community, one of whom will share daily reasons why AccessCal is unique in his or her eyes and why AccessCal should be supported. Our goal is to raise $15,000 in 30 days. Follow our community member quotes here or on Facebook,  and please remember to support AccessCal at www.accesscal.org/get-involved/donate/

Quilt of Support Day 1

“I’m a normal person in need of understanding the system here in the US. I’m so happy there is a way for me to learn English from those who understand my identity. AccessCal is one of a kind,” says Amal, a newcomer from Egypt”

1. Amal

Quilt of Support Day 2

“AccessCal has a strong vision for how the organization can help refugees in Orange County. There’s no ambiguity in its aims, and having such precision in goals allows a meaningful and massive impact upon the community,” says Reza, Event Coordinator for World Refugee Day and community member.

2. Reza

Quilt of Support Day 3

Meet Kerolos! What a smart and well-behaved young boy from Egypt. At AccessCal Kerolos told us, “I love everyone here. You are all nice to me and always give me toys when I come with my mom.” Kerolos is part of our quilt of support; you can be too!

3 Kerolos

Quilt of Support Day 4

Sh. Suhail Mulla, AccessCal’s Interim Executive Director said, “We know it’s difficult for one generous person to reach thousands, but that’s why AccessCal is here. We’re here to be the link that strengthens the chain of good that reaches and provides for underserved and isolated individuals and families.”

3. Sh Suhail

Quilt of Support Day 5

When asked how AccessCal is unique in their eyes, President Dr. Miguel Gallardo and Executive Director Sylvia Kim, J.D. of the Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies (MECCA) believe there is a growing need among our diverse communities for culturally competent services. AccessCal provides services that are culturally congruent with the value systems of the communities it serves thus facilitating trust and healing among its community members — many of whom are new immigrants to America. For such populations, it is common to be inadequately served or inappropriately misdiagnosed. Through organizations like AccessCal and MECCA, there is an increased sense of hope that our diverse communities will be reached, served, and empowered.

3. Dr. Gallardo and Kim

Quilt of Support Day 6

“As an AmeriCorps member with AccessCal, I am proud of the experiences I’ve gained and the communities I’ve served. Through ongoing resource and personal development and networking, we’ve helped many get hired and empowered,” says AccessCal’s Sarah who truly enjoys helping people achieve their potential.

11. Sarah

Quilt of Support Day 7

“I am Saleem from Iraq. I enjoy coming to Access California Services every day because I stay occupied and find peace and education here.”

10. Saleem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt of Support Day 8

Meet Samia, one of the sweetest AccessCal community members ever! She is from Afghanistan. Since moving to the US and attending classes at AccessCal, Samia has never missed an English class! She says, “Back home, I was a math teacher. My dream is to teach here one day.”

8. Samia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt of Support Day 9

“I am an ambitious person yearning for stability and growth in my career. I was a diesel mechanic back home, and I hope that by improving my vocational English at AccessCal, I can practice my profession here and have my own business one day,” said Ehab, a newcomer from Egypt.

6. Ehab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt of Support Day 10

“I am from Cuba, and I am very new to the USA. I come to AccessCal because it is a great place for me to learn.”

7. Lisary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt of Support Day 11

“At AccessCal, I ensure refugees receive the necessary health check ups and care. I want to make them feel like they are at home because they have no one else here for them.” – Marzia, Refugee Health Program Case Manager.

14. Marzia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt of Support Day 13

“I have experienced much care throughout my journey at AccessCal. I was part of all the childcare and parenting classes and became confident in my knowledge. Access California Services links our community to a lot of good resources and empowers many people through its lovely programs.”

13. Amani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt of Support Day 14

“We, at AccessCal recognize the courage, strength, skills and success of immigrants and refugees who are critical in helping build a stronger and more vibrant nation. Through the provision of comprehensive health and human services, our staff strengthens and supports our immigrant and refugee families so that they may continue to enrich our society. Please join us in supporting their successful resettlement.”

5. Ameera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt of Support Day 15

We interviewed Tarik before he left AccessCal to attend Harvard University last month and here is what he said: “AccessCal has helped shape and build me into the man I am today. I am grateful for the opportunities it has provided me, both professionally and personally, to serve my community. This is a premier organization in the State of California and a leading example of service-oriented institutions dedicated to empowering the community members that enter its doors. It is an absolute blessing and honor to part of the AccessCal family.”

16. Tarik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt of Support Day 16

” I am a very independent and positive person. In Syria, I used to teach music and loved it. I appreciate good communication. Learning English at AccessCal will help me become a better English communicator I hope!” – Hamsa, community member.

4. Hamsa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt of Support Day 17

Meet Maya (Left) and Thuka, the lovely faces of AccessCal at the front desk! Maya said, “I’ve known AccessCal since 2009, and it is my utmost pleasure to work the front and interact with the community on a daily basis.” Thuka said, “We are one family here, and I love seeing families benefiting from our support network and genuine care.”

17. Maya and Thuka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt of Support Day 18

“Whether they are staff members, volunteers, clients, or supporters, when they walk through the doors of AccessCal, they walk into my life. They inspire me; they reveal their triumphs and challenges; they join me in boarding the human services vessel; and they give me the opportunity to enrich lives.”

19. Nedda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt of Support Day 19

“The dedication of the staff, interns, and volunteers at Access California Services is unsurpassed elsewhere. AccessCal would not be able to serve the community in such capacity without the heart, soul, and commitment of this extraordinary group of people. It’s an honor to have been part of such an incredible team.”

18. Noelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt of Support Day 20 – FINAL DAY

“Without AccessCal, we would not be able to have an annual Eid Toy Wish giveaway event for the children of our community who need it most. Please support AccessCal and this beautiful annual event.” – Samar, AccessCal Supporter

20. Samar

 

Senior Refugees Enjoy Health Workshop

At this week’s AccessCal health workshop, senior refugees and immigrant community members learned and practiced to make a fresh avocado salad recipe. Seeing them happy and healthy is a blessing. We truly hope that all ‪#‎refugees‬ around the world will find peace and happiness somewhere, sometime, somehow.

Stigma Arts Students Create Expressive Art

Last night was the opening reception and final meeting for AccessCal’s Stigma Arts class with Artist Sama Wareh. Expressive and beautiful manuscripts were created thanks to these very special community members we are so proud of!! A huge THANK YOU to Artist Sama Wareh for her support in making this class so engaging and fun.

AccessCal Beautifies Local Park

A diverse group of community members gathered for National Arab American Service Day today and worked together to give back by beautifying Palm Lane Park in Anaheim. Thank you for everyone’s efforts!‪ #‎ArabServe‬

Local Moms Celebrate Mother’s Day at AccessCal

AccessCal is happy to have been able to celebrate Mother’s Day with local community member mothers! Although we serve with great love here at AccessCal, we hope it is somewhere remotely close to love you emanate every single day of your lives!

Sh Suhail Mulla Receives The Key of Trust

We’re happy to announce that our Founder and Executive Director Nahla Kayali has given Sh. Suhail Mulla the “AccessCal Key of Trust”!! Sh. Suhail will be the Interim Executive Director during Nahla’s temporary 4-month leave/sabbatical she was awarded by The California Wellness Foundation.

A New American Artist and Photographer

Hala is a talented New American artist and photographer in the local community.

She attended the AccessCal annual job fair  to expand her exposure among local businesses and to meet new people. She said, “Photography to me is more than just a camera, it’s my creativity canvas. Everyone has a beauty within. I love to capture and preserve those unique and beautiful personalities through my pictures.”

Access California Services has its doors open to many New Americans like Hala to be connected to local businesses and business leadership.

Founded in 1998, Access California Services (AccessCal) is a culturally and linguistically sensitive health and human services nonprofit organization, which provides social and economic services to local Arab- and Muslim-Americans, refugees, and immigrants; however, AccessCal is nonsectarian. Anyone who needs support in the community will receive it regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. In 2014, AccessCal served over 11,000 community members, providing close to 30,000 units of service. Services include: Vocational English training, case management and advocacy in 16 languages, citizenship and immigration services, employment and tax services, emergency financial assistance, educational services, healthcare access services, counseling and support, community service and civic engagement, refugee services, and refugee health assessments.