In the face of the coronavirus, here in Atlanta we are seeing our most vulnerable populations suffer the most. During these difficult times, the Somali American Community Center continues to keep its doors open. Many members of the community do not have access to internet or basic resources for health, shelter, and safety. This fund is to provide immediate relief for the folks supported by the Somali American Community center.
SACC is an organization built by refugees for refugees.
Founded in 2009, the Somali American Community Center provides culturally and linguistically relevant services to refugees and immigrants in Clarkston, GA and surrounding areas.
Somalis are the third largest ethnic group resettled in Georgia. Leaders in the Somali community recognized the necessity for an organization that could meet the specific needs of Somali refugees and immigrants and founded SACC to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate resettlement assistance. Though initially founded to assist the Somali refugee community, today SACC works with the Bhutanese community and community organizations to provide services to all refugees and immigrants in Clarkston and the surrounding area.
SACC believes refugees and immigrants do not live in a vacuum or on an isolated island. When people in need realize their goals, everyone in the community benefits. SACC believes that economic and social well-being for all people enhance cultural understanding, increase tolerance, and reduce conflict.
SACC is a registered 501(c)3 committed to serving the cultural, psychological, and socio-economic needs of refugees and immigrants in and around Clarkston, GA. SACC assists in the promotion of education, personal growth, financial stability, positive family and community relations, and community empowerment.
Refugees are people who had to flee their homes and countries due to a well founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political affiliation, or social group membership. Because their lives are at stake, international law mandates refugees cannot be forcefully returned to their home countries. Thus nations around the world welcome refugees. Of the 15.4 million refugees worldwide in 2012, the U.S. embraced 262,023 (UNHCR) and Georgia graciously resettled 2,520 (ORR).
SACC provides services such as:
Employment Training and Placement Services
Benefit Application Services
Translation and Interpretation Services
School Registration Assistance
Domestic Violence Referral and Assistance
After School Youth Program
Summer Youth Program
Youth Soccer Program