“No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”
— Warsan Shire

In the next calendar year between 3,000-4,000 refugees are due to arrive in the Southern California Region, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Upon arriving to the US, in the first 90 days refugees have both obligations to fulfill and needs to be met. Even so there are many barriers refugees face upon their arrival to the U.S. such as language, lack of information and access to minimal financial and in kind support.  Even though refugee resettlement agencies and county service providers do their best to support refugees, the needs of refugees impose unique burdens and extra challenges.  These agencies and service providers often dip into unrestricted funds to support the resettlement of refugees and overextending staff time, which is why the #RefugeesWelcome guidebook and campaign is vital to compliment their work.   

The #RefugeesWelcome Guidebook project seeks to support refugee resettlement by providing a multi-platform, multi-language and hyper local solution that helps refugees navigate and feel at home in Southern California. By creating a simple, interactive and easy-to-use guide, the #RefugeesWelcome Guidebook project meets refugees where they are and helps make them feel at home and welcomed.    

Arab American Civic Council

A grassroots community organization that was founded in late 2011 to advance the Arab American community by encouraging civic participation through community organizing, advocacy, leadership development, cultural outreach, and cultivating partnerships with other communities.


PAx Manifesto

A peacebuilding social enterprise that specializes in strategic communications, digital storytelling and technology. We also train and consult  movements, initiatives, and social change organizations in storytelling, alternatives to violence workshops, digital/online campaigns and more.



UUSC is a human rights organization powered by grassroots collaboration. In more than a dozen countries throughout the world, UUSC fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. UUSC’s innovative approaches and measurable impact are grounded in the moral belief that all people have inherent power, dignity, and rights.