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Support Center for Afghan Women

The Afghan Women’s Support Center, a program at the SALAM Islamic Center in Sacramento, CA!

Every Saturday, 10 am – 12 pm
2nd Term Orientation starts September 9th

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This FREE initiative supports our Afghan sisters and families who have arrived in the US within the past two years.

The Afghan Women’s Support Center is a 12-week program that provides essential guidance and support as you navigate and adapt to your new environment. Our classes, held three times a week, are tailored to meet your needs, covering fundamental topics in various fields, including government aid, regional resources, and adapting to your new environment.

Workshop Topics

Our FREE 12-week program will provide workshops covering vital topics, such as:

  • Immigration processes 🌐
  • Job readiness 📚
  • Enrolling kids in school 🎒
  • Learning English 🗣️
  • Family health 💪
  • And many more!

Program Highlights

  • Weekly Topic-Specific Workshops
  • Access to our Resource Hub
  • Connect with Fellow Afghan Sisters
  • Skill Development | 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
  • CA Driver Permit Classes
  • Classes delivered in Dari
  • Lunch and childcare provided
  • Transportation available as needed

Online Driver’s Permit Class

Saturdays, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Session Dates:

  • October: 21, 28
  • November: 4, 11, 18
  • December: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

– Delivered in Dari
– Meeting through Zoom
– Must be an ARSI participant and registered with SALAM, GERA, or CAIR.

Registration is Required – Register Here.

SBDC Home Business Development Program

Are you dreaming of starting a home-based business but don’t know where to begin? Join the SBDC Home Business Development Program and take the first step towards making your dream a reality.

Learn how to start a home-based business

  • Enroll in free home business training series
  • One-on-one advising
  • Learn business language and concepts
  • Help filling business forms
  • Dari Translation available

Interested? Register Here.

Upcoming Workshops | Saturdays

  • June 3rd | Welcome/Orientation
  • June 10th | Your Rights Your responsibilities
  • June 17th | Crimes and Court System with Joseph Gocke (Criminal Attorney)
  • June 24th | Mental Illnesses, Treatments, and Prevention with Najia Nafiz
  • July 1st | No Workshop – Eid Celebration
  • July 8th | Marriage and Family with Durriya Ansar
  • July 15th | Medical, Illnesses, Treatment options with Hasna Koudri
  • July 22nd | Small Business Development with Zinah Nassari
  • July 29th | English Language Development with Stephanie (HCCTS)
  • Aug 5th | Immigration Law Basics with Sahareen Manazar, Immigration Lawyer
  • Aug 12th | California Education System and Public Schools with Halima Aridin, SJUSD
  • Aug 19th | Housing Contracts and Responsibilities with Sara Zahbihi, Attorney at McCarthy Construction Inc.
  • Aug 26th | Dental Hygiene and Resources with Dr. Chris Nhan, Private Practice Dentist
  • Sept 2nd | 1st Term Cohort Celebration
  • Sept 9th | 2nd Term Cohort Orientation
  • Oct 7th | Cultural Competency: Understanding and Accepting Difference with Abdul-Qawiy Abdul-Karim, SALAM Project Director
  • Oct 14th | School System and Education with Halima Aridin, SJUSD
  • Oct 21st | Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault with Rehan Ahrari, Survivor Services Supervisor at IRC
  • Oct 28th | Understand Medical Issues and Treatment Options with Hasna Koudri, Registered Nurse at Sutter Hospital
  • Nov 4th | Nutrition and Health, Omar Noori, MD
  • Nov 11th | Navigating American Social Systems, Shafiqa Mangal
  • Nov 18th | Legal Contracts and Responsibilities, Sara Zahbihi, Attorney at McCarthy Construction Inc.
  • Nov 25th | Thanksgiving, NO Session
  • Dec 2nd | 3rd Term Cohort | Cultural Orientation, Sima Nafiz
  • Dec 9th | Immigration Laws and Crimes, Apura Behal, Attorney
  • Dec 16th | Social and Behavioral Challenges, Hinda Hussein, Behavior Therapist
  • Dec 23rd | Self-Defense and Awareness, Darren Dumas, Marshal Art School
  • Jan 6th | Learning English Made Easy, Olga Evans – ESL Linguist
  • Jan 13th | Family Conflict and Domestic ViolenceAhmad Masoud – Family and Marriage Counselor
  • Jan 20th | Motivation and Inspiration for Reaching Your Goals, Anne Kjemtrup, Research And Development Scientist
  • Jan 27th | Self-Defense and Awareness [Part 2], Darren Dumas, Marshal Art School

We invite you to join us to learn more about our program.

Help us spread the word to families in need! Your support can make a difference in many lives.

Get in Touch

For further questions and registration details, please get in touch with us. We are here to address any inquiries you may have.

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