RefugeeNet equips San Diego's refugee families to become self-reliant, engaged, and contributing citizens.
Families have relocated here to escape religious, racial, and economic persecution. They have been forced from their homelands, becoming international religious or political refugees. Our goal is to welcome them and assist them in becoming productive citizens of this country. Refugees have been arriving in significant numbers in California at least since the Vietnam war.
In their effort to escape war or persecution, refugees may experience a life-or-death struggle to reach a UN Refugee Camp. There they wait for years for approval to go to a safe home in San Diego, where they face further challenges. These include learning a new language, adapting to a new culture, and finding a way to support themselves. RefugeeNet is dedicated to assisting refugees in that process. The Episcopal Refugee Network, doing business as RefugeeNet, is a non-profit organization that has been helping the refugee community for over 20 years.