Give the Gift of Welcome: Tomorrow is the Big Day of Giving!

Tomorrow, the greater Sacramento region will come together to support local non-profits in the largest annual 24-hour giving movement, Big Day of Giving.

We invite you to support our cause and walk alongside our new neighbors - immigrants, refugees, and survivors of trafficking - to provide them with opportunities for stability, self-sufficiency, and belonging. With your gifts, we will grow our impact in this community.

With one day left to make your donation, we urge you to give the gift of welcome at and help us reach our goal of $45,000.

Advocating for State Funding for Refugee Services

Opening Doors joined California Welcomes and The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights to advocate for State funding for California Extended Case Management Bill.

Sponsored by Senator Scott Weiner, the bill will allow for an additional 90 or 180 days of extended case management services for refugees and asylees in support of their path to stability, self-sufficiency, and belonging.


" I am pleased to have joined efforts to advocate for this bill and provide in-person testimony together with our former client. Now that the it has passed the Senate Human Services Committee and moved to the next level in the legislation process, our new neighbors will have a better chance of receiving additional support to thrive in their new communities,” says Opening Doors' Chief Executive Officer, Jessie Tientcheu.

Refugees who have resettled through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, and asylees and human-trafficking victims who are already eligible for the state program, Enhanced Services Program for Asylees and Vulnerable Non-Citizens (ESAVN) will be given priority under this bill.

Giving Life to Your Dreams

Brenda is a firm believer that with faith and hard work, anyone can bring their dreams to fruition. A native of Mexico, Brenda ran a small business that included a fresh fruit shop and a video game outlet. She has always been a driven entrepreneur to build a better life for herself and her four children.

In 2003, Brenda relocated to the United States and landed a job in a fruit warehouse. Over time, she switched between various professions but found her true calling while working at a hair salon. Despite being paid below the minimum wage, Brenda's passion for hairdressing led her to enroll in a cosmetology course. She had to complete a rigorous 3,200-hour training program without pay, but Brenda persisted and earned her cosmetology certification. Read more

By Mohammed Al Salloom, Senior Loan Officer

Brenda providing hands-on beauty training in her salon



This year, on Big Day of Giving, consider supporting Immigrant-and Refugee-owned small businesses at

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Opening Doors’ Mental Health Programs provides access to culturally-responsive mental and behavioral health care to immigrants and refugees that have experienced trauma, domestic violence, and other mental health concerns.

Additionally, our uniquely designed Afghan Women's and Men's Wellness Program support individuals towards an enhanced sense of community connectedness, life satisfaction, and mental wellness. Learn more

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