March 2017

Opening Doors News
Special Acknowledgements

Don't Forget to Be Awesome
Don't Forget to Be Awesome (DFTBA) raised $71,000 for 10 Refugee Resettlement agencies. DFTBA is a company that helps creative people make a living doing what they love.  Their CEO, Hank, created a Refugee Art Charity Campaign and sold posters displaying positive images of support for immigration and refugee resettlement in the US.

DFTBA chose Opening Doors as one of the 10 recipients of the campaign!  Thank you, Hank, Dave, and the entire DFTBA Team for your humbling generosity.

Davis Community Church
Thank you to the congregants of Davis Community Church (DCC) for organizing a "Welcome Kit" drive for our refugee families!  DCC collected nearly $10,000 in household goods and other necessities for these families in need.  We are so grateful!

United Way
Thank you to United Way Capital Region for their funding of our Prosperity Project.  Their grant will allow expand our financial coaching capabilities.  Our Refugee Childcare Business Program Coordinator will be able to provide one-on-one financial coaching to an additional 20 women per year.  It will also provide the resources for our Hispanic Prosperity Program (HPP) Manager to increase the number of participants within our MoneyWork$ program from 40 to 60 as well as to provide an additional one-on-one coaching session with each participant.  We are grateful for your support!

Diego Ribadeneira  
Opening Doors extends a big "Thank You!" to Mr. Ribadeneira from Octant Pacific Group for his continued support of our Hispanic Prosperity Program.

Mr. Ribadeneira consistently and selflessly volunteers his time, sharing his expertise on business development topics with our MoneyWork$ Program clients. Mr. Ribadeneira, your support is vital to our clients' success. Thank you for all you do!

Want to learn more about MoneyWork$? 
Contact Milagros at 916-492-2591, ext. 213 or

Success Story: Mauricio

Mauricio Flores is a man who found himself struggling to make ends meet and to keep a roof over his family's head.

Because of this, Mauricio wanted to learn how to manage his money properly in order to provide a better life for his loved ones. As a prospective business owner, Mauricio knew that in order for his business to succeed, he must first be able to achieve stability in his personal finances.

Mauricio describes finding the MoneyWork$ program as a stroke of luck. H e attended a speaking engagement at the Mexican Consulate, where he learned about the resources the MoneyWor$ program had to offer. He immediately realized the program was the opportunity he was looking for to meet his financial goals.

"I now have a clearer vision of how to project my business, and achieve the uniqueness of it, and although it seems incredible, I love the idea that there is a lot of competition because it makes me give my best," Mauricio explained.

Overall, Mauricio now finds himself in a stable financial situation.  He is diligently working on obtaining licensing so that he can get his business, American Home Restorations, up and running.

He is firm believer in the value of the MoneyWork$ program because of how it can help a person gain valuable financial knowledge.

Big Day of Giving 2017.

Big Day of Giving (Big DoG) is a 24-hour online giving challenge that brings together the Sacramento region's nonprofit community to help raise much needed unrestricted funds & shine a spotlight on the work we do!

Mark your calendars and learn more about how to give to Opening Doors on May 4!


Many undocumented persons are living in modern day slavery as labor trafficking victims.   Take the time to learn and share with this powerful video.

  Tagalog  |   Spanish

To request a presentation on human trafficking, submit a  presentation request form to  stopslavery@openingdoorsinc.org.

If you or someone you know is being forced to work, 
contact Opening Doors at (916) 389-1036.

Advocates for Refugee Resettlement

Our Advocacy Team, Sabina and Carson, plus 5 AMAZING members of   The Table UMC, and our friend and former Iraqi SIV client, Udei, met with   Congressman Ami Bera's staffers to talk about supporting positive refugee resettlement legislation.
Stand alongside Opening Doors and the US Refugee Admissions Program -- tell your leaders that we need to continue a robust Refugee Resettlement Program in the US!

Call Congress to directly voice your support of positive refugee legislation  and put pressure on leaders in D.C. to oppose any future pause on refugee resettlement:

Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841
Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553
Find your representative by your zipcode here.

Amnesty International Sacramento

Amnesty International Sacramento has proposed a 
Welcoming Refugees Resolution  asking Sacramento City Council and the County of Sacramento to 
officially  welcome refugees in Sacramento and join the national  Welcoming Cities & Counties network .  

The resolution have not yet been cleared for vote, but you can  call or send a letter to tell local elected officials that that you support these ideals. (Then forward this to friends!)
Upcoming Events

Contra Dance For a Cause
Davis Community Church is hosting a fundraiser for Opening Doors Refugee Resettlement Program.

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Where:  Davis Community Church, 412 C St, Davis 
Tickets:   $15 general and $10 for students. Buy them here:
  • At the church office, 412 C St
  • By phone at 530-753-2894 
  • Online here
  • At Avid Reader Active, 605 Second St. (cash or check only)
Contra is a type of American folk dance that requires no experience. We have caller, Erik Hoffman and a local Davis band, Paddy on the Binge. Each dance involves easily repeated patterns that nearly anyone can perform.  All proceeds from the dance will go to Opening Doors Refugee Resettlement Program.

One day of your time can mean a lifetime of freedom for a victim. 
When: Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: McGeorge School of Law
RSVP: Register by 5:00pm on Friday, April 21 here.

SacPost is a day of action:
  • Receive training on human trafficking and how it appears in Sacramento
  • Visit businessed to inform them of a state law requiring certain businesses to post notices with human trafficking information
  • Provide locally designed posters that highlight the National Human Trafficking Hotline and text number to area businesses 
For more information about this event, contact L. "Rico" Ozaki at rico@openingdoorsinc.org or (916) 492-2591 ext. 229.