Learn About the Medi-Cal Expansion

 

The expansion to individuals aged 50 and over was included in Assembly Bill 133 (Chapter 143, Statutes of 2021), which amended Welfare and Institutions Code section 14007.8. For nearly a year, DHCS held monthly advocate and county workgroup meetings to implement this expansion.

 

 
 

World Refugee Day

Dear Supporters,

Access California Services and the Refugee Forum of Orange County join the rest of the international community in celebrating World Refugee Day. Today we honor the strength, resilience, and perseverance of refugees worldwide who were forced to flee their homes. Whoever they are and wherever they are from, everyone has the right to seek safety and live a dignified life. Join us in honoring World Refugee Day!

Sincerely,

Nahla Kayali

Founder & Executive Director

Access California Services


 

 
OC Human Relations “Hate Hurts Us All”

OC Human Relations “Hate Hurts Us All”

Thank you for the opportunity to express our support at the launch event for the OC Human Relations “Hate Hurts Us All” Campaign. We are incredibly proud to partner with OC Human Relations to help ensure our community is provided with a platform to safely and comfortably come forward to share their experiences and report hate incidents.
 

Meet Anya

Meet Anya

With your support, Access California Services (AccessCal) had the honor to serve Anya, a Ukrainian refugee who was referred to AccessCal by the County. Anya sorrowfully explained her situation.

 

“I never thought we had to leave our home but it was no longer safe for us to stay in Ukraine.”

 

Anya shared her arduous journey and the painful experience of having to leave her husband behind back home in Ukraine. Our case manager, Lamia, sat one-on-one with Anya to listen to her story and assess her needs. Our senior case manager, Bida, filed a Medi-Cal application for Anya under the recent Medi-Cal expansion which now provides full-scope coverage for individuals 50 years old and older regardless of immigration status. She also enrolled Anya in the Cal Fresh program to receive food stamps. In the meantime, AccessCal provided Anya with food vouchers and transportation through Uber to a local grocery market. As Anya did not have a phone, Lamia helped her with getting a free phone through the Obama Phone program. To assist with immigration, our accredited representative from the Department of Justice, Rania, filed a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) application for Anya, and soon we will be congratulating her on receiving a work permit. Anya warmly expressed her gratitude to AccessCal.

 

“I’m so thankful for the help and compassion I received. The overwhelming uncertainty I was feeling was relieved after coming here.”

 

Sadly, Anya is just one of the hundreds of refugee cases received by AccessCal. As the crisis in Ukraine continues to worsen, more families will be forced to flee their homes. With your support, AccessCal will be able to continuously assist incoming refugees from Ukraine and all around the world.

“The best charity is that given in the month of Ramadan.” – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Meet Samuel

With your support, Access California Services (AccessCal) had the honor to serve Samuel. Samuel came to AccessCal in tears seeking urgent help.

“I have no money. I don’t have anything. I have been homeless for three months.”

Our case manager, Elizabeth, took the time to listen to Samuel’s story and carefully assessed his needs. Beginning with housing, Elizabeth found Samuel a long-term opportunity in an available room. She contacted the roommate and advocated for Samuel explaining his situation, and the roommate kindly accepted. To ensure he had secure shelter, AccessCal paid for his first month’s rent. Next, Samuel was enrolled in the CalFresh program to receive food stamps. In the meantime, AccessCal provided Samuel with food vouchers to ensure he had access to nutritional meals. As Samuel continued to visit AccessCal, he arrived one day to ask for a prayer. He explained to Elizabeth that he had an interview the next day at a place he used to work at in the past. Samuel expressed that he was feeling down and worried about getting the job. To raise his spirits, Elizabeth consulted both an employment case manager to fortify his resume, and our onsite therapist to share powerful words of encouragement. The next day, AccessCal received the wonderful news that Samuel got the job and the entire staff celebrated his accomplishment. Moved with emotion, Samuel expressed his gratitude in tears. In his own words, he said:

 

“I am very grateful and thankful for what this organization has done for me. People here treated me with compassion, like a human being with respect. They actually reached out to me to help me. Sometimes God often sends help

by way of human hands.”

 

Sadly, Samuel’s case is not an isolated case received by AccessCal. As homelessness continues to be an ongoing crisis, more people are being affected. With your support, AccessCal will be able to continue to provide long-term solutions and empower individuals struggling to stay afloat amid difficult times.

Toys for the Holidays 2018

Come celebrate with us by bringing your kids to AccessCal on Friday, December 21, 2018. Toys will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Call 714-917-0440 for more details!​