Source: Pars Equality Center (Pars)
Reza Odabaee, The Pars Director of Social Services has a huge responsibility. His office directs all of the Pars Case Managers to work with the families and individuals to ensure they receive the right help and assistance that they need in order to successfully relocate and integrate into the Bay Area.
Recently Odabaee said, "According to Santa Clara County records, over 53% of all refugees who come to the Bay Area are Iranian. In 2010-2011 this was approximately 400 people."
Odabaee further stated that since January of this year (2012), Pars has served over 150 individuals with a variety of services. "We provide everything from employment training, resume preparation, and interviewing skills to mentorship and job placement." he said.
"We also have weekly ESL classes as well as several very focused programs to provide short term small loans, rental assistance, and I am especially excited about the breadth of our children's programs such as homework tutoring, as well as Parental workshops. Domestic Violence prevention and education is also becoming more of a front and center issue for us." Odabaee added.
Odabaee said, "We have certainly accomplished a lot in a short period of time, but there is a lot more we can do, and with the help of everyone's support for Pars, we will do even more."
About Pars Equality Center:
The mission of Pars Equality Center is to support the full integration of people of Persian (Iranian) origin in the United States, including refugees, asylees, immigrants and the American-born; and to advocate for their perspectives in American society. We work to create a more just and compassionate community in which Iranians of all cultures and beliefs can participate.
Social Services: The Social Services Department of Pars Equality Center serves and advocates for Iranian families and individuals in need, especially refugees, asylees and those living in poverty. Our Farsi-speaking staff help new arrivals and other low-income Iranian families or individuals successfully adjust to living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.
Legal Services: Pars Equality Center provides legal services to the Iranian American community on a sliding scale fee basis. A large portion of Pars' current legal services is related to the Iran Sanctions regulations. We work to ensure that Iranian Americans can maintain familial ties with Iran despite the current political climate.
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