Welcoming the Stranger

Refugees and Immigrants

San Diego resettles more refugees than any other region of California, about 3,000 per year. For many of us, the thought of fleeing home and starting life over in a completely different culture where we don’t know the language is unthinkable. Yet, families granted access to the U.S. as refugees are grateful for the opportunity to begin a new life in this country. For many, it means hope after years of despair. However, refugees and immigrants of many types enter the United States with hope for a new life, but lack knowledge of the legal, monetary, social, educational, and transportation systems that are the basic building blocks of life here.

Hope for San Diego partners with organizations that help refugees and immigrants navigate this new system with the goal of building social and economic self-reliance. Through friendship, tutoring, sharing meals, and meeting practical needs, Hope for San Diego volunteers welcome immigrants and refugees and equip them for life in their new home.

Get Involved

Items Needed

Granola bars, school supplies, and young readers books. Items can be delivered to Redeemer Church (1831 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA, 92024) labeled Hope for San Diego.


Weekly tutoring programs provide holistic academic support to the underserved children in our community. Morning, afternoon and evening options are available.  A small amount of your time can change a child’s future! Learn More

IT Specialists Needed

Hope for San Diego is forming a group of IT professionals who will provide computer support for A Step Beyond in Escondido and teach students new computer skills. A Step Beyond provides at-risk youth with opportunities that greatly expand their expectations and ambitions through dance education, academic support, and family services. Please sign up and a volunteer will contact you with more information about skills needed and opportunities available.

Upcoming Opportunities

To view all volunteer opportunities in calendar format, click here.

    Tutor at Ocean Knoll Elementary (Encinitas)
    January 8, 2018, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    hfsd_icon_immigrants-refugeesOcean Knoll Elementary in Encinitas needs tutors for an after school program designed to boost the literacy of 3rd graders, which is a metric closely tied to future outcomes. Daytime options are also available to work with English Language Learners individually. Tutoring begins September 11th.

    Childcare at NCICC (Solana Beach)
    January 16, 2018, 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

    Assist with childcare while parents attend ESL and citizenship classes at North County Citizenship and Immigration Center.

    Assist with ESL classes (Solana Beach)
    January 16, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    hfsd_icon_immigrants-refugeesAssist with ESL classes at the North County Immigration and Citizenship Center. Help tutor students, beginning to advanced, play with kids, read to them, or do crafts. Tutors welcome one time or weekly.


    Citizenship Tutoring (Solana Beach)
    January 17, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    hfsd_icon_immigrants-refugeesTutors needed to help immigrants and refugees prepare for their citizenship exam. Training is provided. Spanish speakers needed, but not required. Tutoring will take place in the SB Library.



San Diego Refugee Tutoring

By providing educational access, San Diego Refugee Tutoring supports refugee students and families in City Heights. Through one-on-one tutoring and comprehensive academic support, volunteers equip children with the skills needed to succeed in a new cultural environment.

Our Support

Hope for San Diego volunteers tutor weekly after school, volunteer in the classroom during the day, and assist with special events such as field trips and holiday celebrations.

Hope for San Diego’s 2017 grant helps sustain San Diego Refugee Tutoring’s weekly one-to-one mentoring and tutoring program for more than 100 refugee students at Ibarra Elementary School in City Heights.


Casa de Amistad

Serving children and families in North County San Diego, Casa de Amistad seeks to foster spiritual and educational development among underserved populations through academic mentoring and family services.

Our Support

Hope for San Diego volunteers tutor weekly after school, provide school supplies, and assist with special events.

Hope for San Diego’s 2017 grant provided funding for Casa de Amistad’s Study Companions program, which offers weekly one-to-one tutoring and mentoring for more than 200 at-risk students.


A Step Beyond

A Step Beyond provides under-served youth with opportunities that greatly expand their expectations and ambitions through dance education, academic support, and family services.

Our Support

Hope for San Diego volunteers tutor weekly to provide one-to-one academic assistance to at-risk students. They also inspire students to broaden their experience and imaginations for the future through an introduction to computers and technology through a weekly Technology Club.

Hope for San Diego helped fund the third annual summer reading, math, and dance program for A Step Beyond participants. ASB’s summer program addresses the well-documented reality that at-risk children are at greater risk to lose academic ground if not challenged and supported over the long summer vacation.