Turning Trauma into Resilience for Oakland’s Vibrant Community

When a flood of Afghan refugees began arriving in the Bay Area this fall, their plight was immediately understood by […more…]

Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants

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Matching Challenge

Through January 15, 2022, the first $2,000 donated will be matched thanks to The Giving List’s novel matching program.

Join the Circle of Care

CERI needs your support, to not only continue its extensive community-based mental health services and social services, but to expand now to serve Afghan refugees. Your donation of…

$100 purchases a week’s worth of groceries for a family still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic;

$200 supports a trauma survivor to participate in three months of weekly support groups;

$500 provides care management, transportation stipends, and coaching for a refugee or immigrant client seeking employment and financial independence, and; 

$1,000 enables six months of trauma-informed therapy for a client who suffers from PTSD or anxiety, including to those newly arrived from Afghanistan.

For a donation of $1,000 or more, you will be a part of CERI’s Circle of Care and this will provide critical foundational support for the many services and healing provided by CERI. 


Our mission is to improve the social, emotional, psychological, economic, and physical health of refugees and immigrants

(510) 444–1671
Community Engagement and Development Director: Kathryn Winogura

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I am not the person I was before I found CERI… What happened to all of us [in Cambodia] was so hard, but here I get strength. Before, I was sad, and I had to deal with my problems by myself… before I knew CERI, I had bad dreams, I could not stop crying, and I was not clear-thinking. When I came to CERI, I felt peace and beauty and I am so proud we have a place to help people. Now, I am calmer, and I feel so thankful to CERI. I come to the weekly support groups, I go on field trips, and I have good friends here. I feel happy, almost all the time, especially here in the garden that I help to take care of. When I put seeds in the ground, I watch them grow and come up to be plants. It reminds me that things do grow.
Cambodian community member
Co-coordinator of the Community Garden

Key Supporters

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
Devata Giving Circle
Magic Cabinet
Episcopal Impact Fund
East Bay Community Foundation
Hella Heart Oakland Fund
San Francisco Foundation
JA Foundation
New Breath Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
California Endowment
The Wright Institute
Samuel Merritt University
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
A More Balanced World
Center for Justice and Accountability
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
TWANDA Foundation
Korean Community Center of East Bay
Asian Health Services