Nov 19, 2013

FW: Housing appeal for Transgender Iraqi Refugee on TDOR (from JFCS/East Bay)

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, as we mourn those who have lost their lives to transphobia, I hope you consider helping one transgender Iraqi refugee who has managed to escape with her life.  This is a wonderful opportunity to help directly -- and the help is needed right away!

The LGBT Refugee program of JFCS/East Bay serves refugees and asylees who have fled their country due to persecution based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We are eagerly seeking housing for a transgender MTF 38-year old Iraqi who is scheduled to arrive to the US for the first time mid-December.  

Do you have a room in your home in the East Bay or < st1:city w:st="on">San Francisco to offer?  Do you know a friend who does?  Could you offer a place for a few months?  Our program assisting these courageous people relies on help with housing from the community.  We are open to a range of price you might charge for rent, and the time you might offer. 

Refugees who come in to the US through this program are entirely documented and cleared by the government to be here.  JFCS/East Bay provides the many social services needed during the first months of their arrival, and clients do receive a small amount of government assistance for their first 8 months.  We also have a group of wonderful volunteers who help with appointments, learning English, and helping to acculturate.  Offering housing can be that one link provided that can make the difference!  If you have a busy schedule, you can offer the housing, and we take care of the rest! 


Please consider helping this transgender MTF. What a wonderful contribution you could make by assisting this person with a safe and accepting place to live.  If you could kindly pass on this message to anyone you know, it would be much appreciated.

For more info:   or contact Carol Palecki by e-mail at or by phone at 925-927-2000(x252). 

Carol Palecki
Outreach/Training Coordinator
LGBT Refugee Program

JFCS/East Bay

1855 Olympic Blvd #200
Walnut Creek, CA  94596

925- 927-2000 (x252)