Refugee Employment Services

The Community Action Partnership’s Refugee Employment Services (RES) provides employment focused services to assist refugee families achieve self-sufficiency through employment within the first 60 months after arrival to the United States.  Services for eligible refugees are available to CalWORKs recipients through the Welfare to Work (WTW) service providers; RES eligible clients are defined by the Office of Refugee Resettlement as those refugees who are employment ready. 

RES activities that are offered through the WTW service providers include the following:

  • Employment: creating a family self-sufficiency plan, job club, career assessment, job search, resume and interview skill building, on-the-job training, etc.
  • English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) Training: Vocational ESL or ESL in conjunction with other approved WTW employment activities.
  • Case Management
  • Other: translation/interpretations services, acculturation and social adjustment, work experience, and outreach and referrals to mental, behavioral health, and other social services.

Newly arriving refugees are met and provided Reception and Placement Services for 30-90 days to provide basic needs and acculturation services by one of the four Resettlement Agencies (RAs) within San Diego.  Families with children are referred to the County for public assistance including CalWORKs, CalFresh and Medi-Cal; those CalWORKs clients that are eligible for WTW are then referred to the service providers for employment services. 

Singles or couples without children are provided similar employment services by the RAs through a program called Wilson-Fish.  The RAs in San Diego County are: Alliance for African Assistance, Catholic Charities, The International Rescue Committee, Inc., and Jewish Family Service.  

WTW services are provided by two County contractors – ResCare and Public Consulting Group (PCG), offices are located at the following:

Central Region Offices – ResCare East Region Offices - PCG
3910 University Avenue, 3rd Floor 7065 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92105 Lemon Grove, CA 91945
1750 5th Avenue 151 Van Houten Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101 El Cajon, CA 92020
North Region Offices – ResCare South Region Office – PCG
463 North Midway 690 Oxford Street
Escondido, CA 92027 Chula Vista, CA 91911
1310 Union Plaza Court, Suite # 200  
Oceanside, CA 92054