Second Welcome House Opened

Opening Doors has opened a Second Welcome House in the Sacramento region. This Welcome House will provide temporary housing for Ukrainian refugees as they seek permanent housing solutions. It is expected to host between 10 to 15 individuals and their families at a time.  


“The opening of our Second Welcome House would not have been possible without the support and involvement of our Community of Welcome.  Furniture donations were received, and the pantry was stocked. Volunteers came to set up and clean. We are grateful for our Community of Welcome for their donation, time, and energy to ensure a warm welcome to our new neighbors,” says Analee Villalpando, Director of Programs at Opening Doors.  


The launch of Opening Doors’ Second Welcome House is prompted by the success of its First Welcome House which opened in November 2021.  


California’s housing crisis impacts refugees and immigrants greatly, and innovative approaches such as the Welcome House provides important temporary solutions.

Volunteer Ari ensuring new arrivals have a safe

and clean place to land.

Volunteer Roberta providing a bright view of the path

 to stability, self-sufficiency, and belonging.

Introducing New Board Chair

Opening Doors is pleased to announce the appointment of Rommel Loria as the new board chair for a three-year term from January 2023.


“I am very pleased to welcome Rommel Loria as the

new board chair,” says Jessie Tientcheu, Chief Executive Officer of Opening Doors. “Rommel brings a wealth of experience and expertise to advance the

mission of Opening Doors.”


Rommel Loria comes with extensive experience working with independent schools where he promoted diversity and inclusive culture. He is currently Assistant Head of School at Sonoma Academy. Previously, Rommel worked as a practicing attorney in civil litigation with Brown & Sheehan in Baltimore, where he provided pro bono Immigration Legal Services to youth and families at the Esperanza Center.


Rommel earned a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University and MA in Liberal Studies from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a JD from the University of Maryland, where he was Associate Editor of the Maryland Law Review. 

Welcome Corps: Private Refugee Sponsorship

The Department of State recently announced a new private refugee sponsorship program known as the Welcome Corps. Welcome Corps will expand upon the American tradition of welcome by providing the opportunity for everyday people to privately sponsor refugees from around the world complementary to existing refugee resettlement programs.


It will also expand our nation’s capacity to provide protection to refugees and walk alongside with them as they seek to build a future of their own choosing and creation.

Welcoming refugees.

Defending immigrants.

Supporting survivors.

Enriching communities.

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