AccessCal’s Sincere Farewell to Sheikh Yassir

Dear Sheikh Yassir,

It has been sincerely a great pleasure to work with you in your capacity as Senior Advisor at AccessCal for the past 11 years. On behalf of the board, staff and the clients you served, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on the impact you have made on the life and history of AccessCal and on me personally.

The diligence and dedication demonstrated by your character are the basis for AccessCal’s success today. The AccessCal staff has enjoyed the way you bring energy into the office, always smiling and exercising your comedic talents while focusing on your goals and responsibilities. Throughout your career at AccessCal, there were instances underlined with sentiments that posed challenges in problem solving. You and I have overcome many obstacles together from serious situations to minor ones. Your patience mixed with the determination of a true leader repeatedly demonstrated your sense of reliability and dependability in achieving triumph under all circumstances. Your strong positions on matters will be remembered in my mind because of the mannerisms you expressed so empathetically and genuinely.

Sheikh Yassir, your philosophy of assisting people in need was essential to the profound accomplishments of AccessCal and the community. You have given nothing less than unconditional support, cooperation and tireless work. You never came into work to submit calculated hours; rather, your attitude sought challenges to grasp. While your office job was crucial to the numerous cases you managed, your sacrifices of working weekends and evenings were phenomenal. You touched so many families remarkably and made a huge impression in mentoring fellow staff members, interns, and volunteers. The staff continuously expressed how eager they were to learn more from you. Your achievements hidden behind a humble attitude shaped others in a way unrecognized in other places. Because of your care for your clients, you enabled them to trust themselves in all that they do and to become all that they dream.

Sheikh Yassir, you are truly a unique, perceptive person who the AccessCal team and I will miss tremendously. I am deeply grateful for all the opportunities you have given me and for all the knowledge I have gained while having you on my team. We look forward to your visits soon. I wish you and your family much success in all your future endeavors. Thank you for being my long-term co-worker, my advisor and one of my best friends.

With sincerest appreciation,

Nahla Kayali, Founder and Executive Director



“Working with Sheikh Yassir was a thrilling adventure that helped me seek the true essence of human services. Good communication with equality and compassion were visible in his daily interactions with everyone regardless of ethnic or religious background, socioeconomic condition, mental or physical health factors. Witnessing his deep comprehension of multiple cultures, different age groups, disparate mindsets and distinct intellects will forever amaze me.

Sheikh Yassir’s sense of patience was very effective in forewarning others of harmful actions, and he relayed this in the most appealing and praise-worthy mannerisms. He was quick to pardon individuals for their shortcomings and understood their limitations. He did not like praise, but he encouraged self-care for good mental health.

I am indebted to his contributions for the improvement of the community, individuals, and colleagues, all of whom adored him. I thank you, Sheikh Yassir, for demonstrating selfless acts to help others. May you and your family be blessed with new opportunities that reciprocate your sacrifices. Salams!”

-Nedda Elhaija, Director of Operations



“Sheikh Yassir, the last two years with you have been nothing but joy and laughter. Thank you for all the trust you put in me and for being the greatest mentor and friend. You taught me many things in life, but most importantly you taught me how to give unconditionally. You’re irreplaceable.”

– Muna Brejeyeh, Mental Health Department Case Manager 


AccessCal Seeks New School Supply Donations for Kids

Dear Community Members,

With the new school year upon us, we have received an increase in the amount of requests for school supplies as recent immigrant and refugee children are preparing for their new classes. Basic school supplies are fundamental to learning, allowing kids to fully participate in class and complete their homework. When children know they’re fully supported and equipped for school, they can put their undivided focus towards learning and growing.

AccessCal invites you to take an active role in preparing children from less fortunate families for the school year. AccessCal is seeking new school supply donations, including backpacks, binders, notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, and pencil cases. All supplies will be distributed to students entering kindergarten through sixth grade. 

To provide your support this school year, you may drop off your donations at AccessCal Monday – Friday between 8:00am – 5:00pm before Friday, August 12, 2016.

Address: 631 S. Brookhurst Street, Suite 107, Anaheim, CA 92804
Please label “Back to School supplies event” on your donation.

For more information, please contact Nedda Elhaija at (714) 917-0440 or

“Help give the gift of education.”

Don’t Miss AccessCal’s Annual Toys for Eid Event on Friday, July 1!

On Friday, July 1st AccssCal will be holding our annual Toys for ‪#‎Eid‬ give away. Eligible families with children ages 0 to 12 may come to Access California Services Office located at 631 S. Brookhurst Street Suite 107, in Anaheim California from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. During the day, fun games and activities will be played with the children in addition to henna and face painting.

The gifts are given on a first come first serve basis, while the event is open to all!

Toy Flyer 2016

Join AccessCal’s AmeriCorps Orientation and Become an AmeriCorps Member!

AccessCal is hiring!

AccessCal Accepting Applications for AmeriCorps Members 2016-2017! ‪#‎americorps‬ Become a hero for your community and apply for AmeriCorps at AccessCal! If you’re interested in getting hired at AccessCal as an AmeriCorps member, bring your resume and attend AccessCal’s AmeriCorps orientation on Friday, July 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Send your resumes to

AmeriCorps training includes:

Health Access Services
Employment Services
Educational Enrichment Services
Social and Emotional Health Support


Final Orientation Flyer Back AmeriCorps 2016



AccessCal is Hiring a Part-Time Community Outreach Organizer!


Job Description
Job Title: Community Outreach Organizer
Organization Name: Access California Services
Supervisor Title: Director of Public Affairs
Number of Positions: 1
Hours Per Week: 10-20
Schedule: May include weekends and evenings

Job Duties:
• Assist Director of Public Affairs with planning, scheduling and attending outreach activities
• Responsible for outreach related data entry
Experience in non-profit work or volunteer experience is preferable. Knowledge of the Arab and Muslim-American communities is ideal. College student or recent graduate preferred. Must have a valid CA driver’s license and access to a reliable car. Expect some heavy lifting related to outreach activities.

To apply:
Please email your resume to Rania Shkairat, Director of Human Resources:

Please join us this Saturday, June 4, at World Refugee Day!

It’s that time of the year again to celebrate, welcome, and encourage our past and present refugees in Orange County! World Refugee Day is this Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Pearson Park Amphitheater in Anaheim.
World Refugee Day is always special for us at AccessCal. On this day, residents, community leaders, and many organizations gather to honor the 59.5 million refugees who have been forcibly displaced around the world. It’s a day where we can come together and celebrate the success of refugees and their contributions to this nation.
World Refugee Day is a fun event with activities for the entire family. It’s an opportunity to enjoy great food, diverse people, and lively entertainment. But most importantly, it’s an opportunity for us to applaud refugees who courageously manage to resettleintegrate, and eventually become citizens with great stories to share, strong values to uphold, valuable contributions to offer, and beautiful diversity to celebrate.
So join us  this Saturday, June 4 and let’s celebrate together!
When: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Where: Pearson Park Amphitheater in Anaheim
What time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm


WRD Final Flyer

Join AccessCal and Give Back to The Community on National Arab American Service Day This Saturday!


On this day, thousands of volunteers from diverse backgrounds from across the nation give back to their communities through service projects. AccessCal and volunteers can give back to the City of Huntington Beach for being such a welcoming city.
All the volunteers will join efforts to beautify Huntington State Beach by conducting a trash pickup. This project has been made possible by the support of the State of California – The Resource Agency Department of Parks and Recreation.

To sign up to volunteer, please contact Maha Essayli at or call (714) 917-0440.


Arab Service Day

AccessCal Accepting Applications for AmeriCorps Members 2018-2019

Our AmeriCorps members:

  • Commit to a year-long term of service
  • Must serve 1,700 hours full-time
  • Receive an annual living allowance of $13,732 for 2018-2019
  • Earn a Segal Educational Award of $5,815 upon completion of the service year


  • 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

Please send your resume to

AccessCal is Hiring a Full-Time Clinician!

In light of National Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Access California Services Counseling Department is excited to announce a full-time employment opportunity for qualified clinicians.

– The candidate must be an MFTI or MSW. LMFTs or LCSWs are preferred.
– Bicultural/Bilingual (Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Urdu) experience in the Middle Eastern/Muslim/Arab community is preferred
– Competitive Salary
– Full Benefits Package (Health & Dental)
– Paid Sick Leave/Holidays/Vacation
– Educational & Professional Reimbursement

Please send your resume to Sh. Suhail Mulla ( by May 2, 2016.

AccessCal Has Another Successful Job Fair!

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in and supported AccessCal’s 3rd annual job fair today! The fair connected over 125 job seekers with 15 employers. We can’t wait to hear about the success stories in the coming months.