Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants - CERI

Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants - CERI Our mission is to improve the social, psychological, and economic health of refugees and immigrants Our staff provide services in 15 languages.
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CERI is a community-based mental health, non-profit organization founded in 2006 by bilingual/bicultural mental health professionals. We are dedicated to providing culturally competent mental health and other social services to refugee and immigrant families with multiple layers of complex needs, exposure to violence and trauma both in their current environment and in their native countries, and w

eakening intergenerational relationships. CERI's focus is on individuals of Cambodian, Burmese, Lao, Vietnamese, Nepali, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Afghan, Indian, Rwandan descent. We currently serve about 400 families and 300 individuals yearly.

CERI’s elders had a field trip to Christmas in the Park in San Jose!
12/05/2023

CERI’s elders had a field trip to Christmas in the Park in San Jose!

Dear CERI Community, This holiday season, the most meaningful gift we can give each other is the gift of health and safe...
12/02/2023

Dear CERI Community,

This holiday season, the most meaningful gift we can give each other is the gift of health and safety for our families. At CERI, our commitment to the well-being of our community is unwavering, and in light of this, we are hosting another clinic to ensure everyone has the opportunity to receive protection against COVID-19 and influenza (flu). Join us at the CERI office, 554 Grand Avenue, on Friday, December 8th, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
COVID-19:
One dose of this year’s updated COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older, at least two months after their last dose. Children 6 months to 4 years of age and immunocompromised persons who have never been vaccinated are recommended to get additional doses.
People without insurance or whose insurance does not cover the cost of vaccines can get the updated COVID-19 vaccine for free through the Bridge Access Program. Visit vaccines.gov to find a location.
Influenza (flu):
Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. Children 8 years and younger need 2 doses the first year they get the flu vaccine.

· COVID-19 and flu vaccines can be given at the same time.
Roger Remera
Community Outreach

Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) has earned a reputation as a sanctuary for joyful and empowered com...
12/01/2023

Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) has earned a reputation as a sanctuary for joyful and empowered community of survivors by creating a safe and comfortable space for our clients, warmly welcoming all. At CERI we share food, art, movement, and togetherness while providing a space where all can get holistic support to alleviate emotional and psychological pain.

When a new client or newcomer walked into CERI’s doors, just by stepping into a space filled with so much love, joy, and a deep sense of unity and acceptance, they have told us they immediately experience a connection and feel better. They are dearly welcomed by their community members and out staff, who are the epitome of kindness, and survivors from other refugee communities. It is not only the staff, but the survivors who give out newcomers hope for a better future, meaningful relationships, and a sense of belonging to a community that feels like a second home.

Our focus is on healing the traumatized who enter our doors. Our mission is to support refugees and immigrants who have endured the ravages of war, torture, genocide, political and systemic oppression, loss, displacement, diaspora and other severe traumas.

CERI’s grassroots origins begin in 2006 in Oakland with a very small dedicated team serving less than 100 Cambodian refugees, all survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Now, 17 years later, with a team of 40 staff members and clinical interns, we serve 1200 elders, adults, youth, and children from 13 refugee and immigrant communities annually. 83% of our staff are refugees and immigrants themselves who, as trauma survivors, truly represent the communities they serve.

With the support of this dedicated team, we offer:

social and mental health services, workforce development, youth leadership, LGBTQ+ empowerment, anti-deportation advocacy, and activities that are culturally enriched and bring healing and joy to our community members. All services are provided in our 13 communities’ native languages and are free of charge.

The pride of CERI come from the cultural richness of our collective communities and out openness to learning from each other’s ethos and lived experiences. This is what allows us to share and celebrate our differences.

If you have yet to experience CERI, we extend a warm invitation to you to explore our wonderful organization in person, join our newsletter, and follow us on social media

Please consider a gift now to CERI, to maintain and grow our programs in order to support the work we do every day of the year.

~ From our hearts to yours.

https://www.cerieastbay.org/campaigns/view-campaign/b7O7x_lXp2k307hJhvrWvkohPKVPpvW8Y19UH6vC4daY1LP2EMy9siQ0YyQ8AG0VwPFhjJoSt_edT7O6pzVvBUx5iRcOViqv

Video Credit Roger Remera and Ariam Araya

Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) has earned a reputation as a sanctuary for joyful and empowered com...
12/01/2023

Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) has earned a reputation as a sanctuary for joyful and empowered community of survivors by creating a safe and comfortable space for our clients, warmly welcoming all. At CERI we share food, art, movement, and togetherness while providing a space where all can get holistic support to alleviate emotional and psychological pain.

When a new client or newcomer walked into CERI’s doors, just by stepping into a space filled with so much love, joy, and a deep sense of unity and acceptance, they have told us they immediately experience a connection and feel better. They are dearly welcomed by their community members and out staff, who are the epitome of kindness, and survivors from other refugee communities. It is not only the staff, but the survivors who give out newcomers hope for a better future, meaningful relationships, and a sense of belonging to a community that feels like a second home.

Our focus is on healing the traumatized who enter our doors. Our mission is to support refugees and immigrants who have endured the ravages of war, torture, genocide, political and systemic oppression, loss, displacement, diaspora and other severe traumas.

CERI’s grassroots origins begin in 2006 in Oakland with a very small dedicated team serving less than 100 Cambodian refugees, all survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Now, 17 years later, with a team of 40 staff members and clinical interns, we serve 1200 elders, adults, youth, and children from 13 refugee and immigrant communities annually. 83% of our staff are refugees and immigrants themselves who, as trauma survivors, truly represent the communities they serve.

With the support of this dedicated team, we offer:

social and mental health services, workforce development, youth leadership, LGBTQ+ empowerment, anti-deportation advocacy, and activities that are culturally enriched and bring healing and joy to our community members. All services are provided in our 13 communities’ native languages and are free of charge.

The pride of CERI come from the cultural richness of our collective communities and out openness to learning from each other’s ethos and lived experiences. This is what allows us to share and celebrate our differences.

If you have yet to experience CERI, we extend a warm invitation to you to explore our wonderful organization in person, join our newsletter, and follow us on social media

Please consider a gift now to CERI, to maintain and grow our programs in order to support the work we do every day of the year.

~ From our hearts to yours.

https://www.cerieastbay.org/campaigns/view-campaign/b7O7x_lXp2k307hJhvrWvkohPKVPpvW8Y19UH6vC4daY1LP2EMy9siQ0YyQ8AG0VwPFhjJoSt_edT7O6pzVvBUx5iRcOViqv
With gratitude to Roger Remera and Ariam Araya for Video Credit.

CERI is proud to be the recipient of Magic Cabinet's Fruitvale & Eastside generous donations and matching year-end fundr...
11/30/2023

CERI is proud to be the recipient of Magic Cabinet's Fruitvale & Eastside generous donations and matching year-end fundraiser!

The progress and work has been a collaborative effort for community wellness and advocacy.
Please Donate to CERI with the knowledge that the funds are vital to CERI's community.
With our appreciation!

https://ceri.givingfuel.com/donation

Very proud of Prem Pariya and his work with SB 403 a historic bill that aimed to add caste as a protected category to ex...
11/29/2023

Very proud of Prem Pariya and his work with SB 403 a historic bill that aimed to add caste as a protected category to existing civil rights acts in California and caste discrimination. It was recently passed in the Senate and Judiciary committee, but did not get written into state law. Prem, Sangita and friend came to gift CERI with their poster “I have a dream” and to thank us for our support!! Working together towards rights continues with Empowerment!! 💪🏽

11/28/2023

For Giving Tuesday, we invite and welcome you to CERI!!

Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) has earned a reputation as a sanctuary for joyful and empowered community of survivors by creating a safe and comfortable space for our clients, warmly welcoming all. At CERI we share food, art, movement, and togetherness while providing a space where all can get holistic support to alleviate emotional and psychological pain.

When a new client or newcomer walked into CERI’s doors, just by stepping into a space filled with so much love, joy, and a deep sense of unity and acceptance, they have told us they immediately experience a connection and feel better. They are dearly welcomed by their community members and out staff, who are the epitome of kindness, and survivors from other refugee communities. It is not only the staff, but the survivors who give out newcomers hope for a better future, meaningful relationships, and a sense of belonging to a community that feels like a second home.

Our focus is on healing the traumatized who enter our doors. Our mission is to support refugees and immigrants who have endured the ravages of war, torture, genocide, political and systemic oppression, loss, displacement, diaspora and other severe traumas.

CERI’s grassroots origins begin in 2006 in Oakland with a very small dedicated team serving less than 100 Cambodian refugees, all survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Now, 17 years later, with a team of 40 staff members and clinical interns, we serve 1200 elders, adults, youth, and children from 13 refugee and immigrant communities annually. 83% of our staff are refugees and immigrants themselves who, as trauma survivors, truly represent the communities they serve.

With the support of this dedicated team, we offer:

social and mental health services, workforce development, youth leadership, LGBTQ+ empowerment, anti-deportation advocacy, and activities that are culturally enriched and bring healing and joy to our community members. All services are provided in our 13 communities’ native languages and are free of charge.

The pride of CERI come from the cultural richness of our collective communities and out openness to learning from each other’s ethos and lived experiences. This is what allows us to share and celebrate our differences.

If you have yet to experience CERI, we extend a warm invitation to you to explore our wonderful organization in person, join our newsletter, and follow us on social media

Please consider a gift now to CERI, to maintain and grow our programs in order to support the work we do every day of the year.

~ From our hearts to yours.

CERI is thankful for our staff, our community, our partners & our funders. Our vision, passion and outreach for wellnes...
11/23/2023

CERI is thankful for our staff, our community, our partners & our funders. Our vision, passion and outreach for wellness continues with gratitude to shine. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🍁🍂

Master videographer Roger Remera and Ariam Araya at work recording Claudia Lam for our Giving Tuesday video!
11/21/2023

Master videographer Roger Remera and Ariam Araya at work recording Claudia Lam for our Giving Tuesday video!

CERI is extremely grateful to each and every one of you; who not only showed up for vaccinations but also generously off...
11/21/2023

CERI is extremely grateful to each and every one of you; who not only showed up for vaccinations but also generously offered your assistance. Special thanks to Ming Spohal for organizing a delightful breakfast that brought a sense of warmth and community to the event. Srey, your invaluable support with registration and translation played a crucial role, and we are truly thankful.

Aris, your efforts in setting up the clinic were instrumental, and your dedication did not go unnoticed. Jamila, Mohini, and Ariam, you guys were nothing short of awesome – your enthusiasm and hard work contributed significantly to the success of the day.

We are thrilled to share that our collaboration with Walgreens was highly successful. Their positive feedback and expressed preference for CERI indicate the strength of our community and the impact of our outreach efforts. They have expressed interest in participating in more events in the future.

Today, we took a significant step in safeguarding our community by administering 36 flu shots and 31 COVID-19 vaccinations. Notably, we served 6 children, contributing to the well-being of the younger members of our community. Together, we are making a positive impact on the health and well-being of our community.

On behalf of the OCPSC Team, we would like to wish you a fantastic Thanksgiving and happy holidays!

Roger Remera
Community Outreach Worker
Center for Empowering Refugees & Immigrants (CERI)

Hi team,Thank you to those that were able to join the letter writing event on Wednesday, it was an evening full of love ...
11/18/2023

Hi team,

Thank you to those that were able to join the letter writing event on Wednesday, it was an evening full of love and care! When you get a moment, can you write a message of solidarity and support to our New Light folks and those living abroad and impacted by deportation? This is a simple way to spread cheer to those feeling isolated during the holidays. Thank you for your support!
Please see the message from Nirvana & Asian Prisoner Support Committee
In community,
Elijah Chhum

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfu_Po6H-xrP301UHvmh1bUQJ3zSgGfJKhfGtLHQGNgEZEJ0w/viewform

Dear Friends,

It was such a joy to be in community with many of you at APSC's Mail & Care Package Night! Thank you for your support and for showing up with open hearts and minds. It was incredibly grounding to share space with a multigenerational community of folks.

I'm excited to share that we collectively:
⭐ Wrote 715 messages of solidarity to incarcerated folks
⭐ Prepared 14 care packages that are brimming with goods for community members abroad who've been impacted by deportation

Thank you so much for making this possible!

Interested in continuing your involvement with this work?
⭐ Write a holiday message to community members who have been impacted by deportation. APSC is sending holiday cards abroad and we'd love to include your messages of solidarity and support. Please take 2 minutes to write a message here.
⭐ Subscribe to APSC's newsletter (located at the bottom of our website) and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date with volunteer opportunities, community gatherings, and actions.
⭐ Make sure to also follow CERI and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, our wonderful co-organizers who are doing powerful work for the community.

Thank you again for your collective support! Sending everyone ease, joy, and rest as we close out the year.

Warm wishes,
Nirvana & APSC

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Nirvana Felix (she/her)
Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC)
PO Box 1031, Oakland, CA 94604
www.asianprisonersupport.org

CERI’s annual event for a Gathering of Gratitude for our community members is December 8th 12-4pm.
11/10/2023

CERI’s annual event for a Gathering of Gratitude for our community members is December 8th 12-4pm.

CERI’s objective is to keep our community's health safeguarded while providing an opportunity for everyone to gather for...
11/09/2023

CERI’s objective is to keep our community's health safeguarded while providing an opportunity for everyone to gather for the much-anticipated festivities without any fear.

To meet our shared objective, we kindly request that you share this important information with your constituents and encourage them to participate by signing up for the CERI VACCINATION CLINIC on Tuesday, November 21st 2023
· No Insurance, No Problem: The clinic will be open to everyone, regardless of whether they have insurance or not.
· Welcoming All Ages: We aim to accommodate individuals of all ages, ensuring that every member of our community has access to the vaccination.
· Creating a Safe and Festive Environment: By getting vaccinated, community members can enjoy the upcoming festivities with peace of mind, knowing that they have taken necessary precautions to protect their health and the well-being of others.
We kindly request your assistance in disseminating the following information:
· Event: Community Vaccination Clinic
Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Location: 554 Grand Ave Oakland CA 94610
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Questions: Contact Roger Remera
To register interest, individuals can sign up at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1U_NpTalEpm_LiA5AirND6kxA9pScyIVVyfGdyiMyun8/edit?usp=sharing

CERI welcomed Loren Farar from Magic Cabinet who is one of our funders! Always grateful to our wonderful funders who ali...
11/08/2023

CERI welcomed Loren Farar from Magic Cabinet who is one of our funders! Always grateful to our wonderful funders who align and fund our mission and goals! Thank you Min for arranging the delicious Burmese lunch of tea salad, roti, chicken & potato curry.

Thank you THANK YOU SONNARA! You have touched every single soul at CERi with your wonderful persona, giving spirit and c...
11/08/2023

Thank you THANK YOU SONNARA! You have touched every single soul at CERi with your wonderful persona, giving spirit and captivating energy! Thank you for all you did and will continue to do for your CERI Family! We will miss you but we know you won’t be far away; and always connected. We love you!! ⭐️✨🌟

Wash your hands for a full 20 seconds with soap and warm water frequently and throughout the day.
11/07/2023

Wash your hands for a full 20 seconds with soap and warm water frequently and throughout the day.

Join APSC, CERI, and IM4HI for a Holiday Card Signing & Care Package Night on Nov 15 from 6-8PM in Oakland! We'll write ...
11/03/2023

Join APSC, CERI, and IM4HI for a Holiday Card Signing & Care Package Night on Nov 15 from 6-8PM in Oakland! We'll write messages of solidarity to incarcerated community members and send care packages to those who have been impacted by deportation. RSVP at: bit.ly/MailNight2023.

ចូលរួមជាមួយ APSC, CERI, និង IM4HI សម្រាប់ការចុះហត្ថលេខាលើកាតថ្ងៃឈប់សម្រាក និងកញ្ចប់ថែទាំពេលយប់នៅថ្ងៃទី 15 ខែវិច្ឆិកា ចាប់ពីម៉ោង 6-8 ល្ងាច នៅ Oakland! យើង​នឹង​សរសេរ​សារ​នៃ​សាមគ្គីភាព​ទៅ​កាន់​សមាជិក​សហគមន៍​ដែល​កំពុង​ជាប់​ឃុំ​ឃាំង ហើយ​ផ្ញើ​កញ្ចប់​ថែទាំ​ដល់​អ្នក​ដែល​ទទួល​រង​ផល​ប៉ះពាល់​ដោយ​ការ​និរទេស។ RSVP នៅ៖ bit.ly/MailNight2023។

Dear CERI community, the cold and flu season is here. Please get your Covid19 vaccination and your flu shots. Stay home ...
11/02/2023

Dear CERI community, the cold and flu season is here. Please get your Covid19 vaccination and your flu shots. Stay home if you feel sick, cough into your arm and mask up if you need to. Please stay safe and be well!

Dear beloved community! We want you to be updated about the COVID-19 new vaccination and flu shot. Please Stay Safe!
11/02/2023

Dear beloved community! We want you to be updated about the COVID-19 new vaccination and flu shot. Please Stay Safe!

CERI is grateful to David Dobras for hosting our CERI community at his beautiful home in Stockton this weekend! 🎉
11/01/2023

CERI is grateful to David Dobras for hosting our CERI community at his beautiful home in Stockton this weekend! 🎉

Please join our youth-led activity this Wednesday for our Tenants' Rights Workshop. This event, held in collaboration wi...
10/31/2023

Please join our youth-led activity this Wednesday for our Tenants' Rights Workshop. This event, held in collaboration with the Asian Law Caucus, will be from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. We welcome you to participate and gain valuable insights into your rights as a tenant, navigate the voucher system, and understand subsidized housing. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions to housing experts. Please share this learning opportunity with your family and friends.

Thanks, and we look forward to your participation!

10/31/2023

Please join our youth-led activity this Wednesday for our Tenants' Rights Workshop. This event, held in collaboration with the Asian Law Caucus, will be from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. We welcome you to participate and gain valuable insights into your rights as a tenant, navigate the voucher system, and understand subsidized housing. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions to housing experts. Please share this learning opportunity with your family and friends.

Thanks, and we look forward to your participation!

CERI’s support group enjoyed watching the Disney animation CoCo!
10/31/2023

CERI’s support group enjoyed watching the Disney animation CoCo!

10/26/2023

Empowering Communities: The CERI Outreach Team's Inspiring Journey

In a world filled with challenges, having a dedicated team that reaches out to communities and empowers them is truly a beacon of hope. The CERI Outreach Team, working in collaboration with the Calhope team and the Office of Community Partnerships and Strategic Communication (OCPSC), has been a powerful force in reaching out to communities and helping individuals become agents of change within their neighborhoods. At CERI, the doors are always open, and the mission is simple: to offer a helping hand to anyone who seeks assistance, provided they take off their shoes and step into the warm embrace of the CERI family and community.

Calhope and OCPSC: A Dynamic Collaboration

The power of collaboration cannot be overstated, and the partnership between the Calhope team and OCPSC has been a game-changer in community outreach. The Calhope team, with its expertise in crisis counseling and mental health support, joins hands with OCPSC, which specializes in psychological services, creating a formidable team equipped to address the unique needs of diverse communities. Together, they form the backbone of the CERI Outreach Team.

Ongoing campaign:

· COVID19 (2023). see the attached video
· SAVE OUR WATER
· EXTREME HEAT
· ITIN

The CERI Outreach Team, in collaboration with the Calhope team and OCPSC team, is a shining example of how community outreach can be a powerful force for positive change. By understanding the unique needs of diverse communities and empowering individuals within them, the team has not only provided assistance but also cultivated a network of ambassadors for hope and unity. As they continue their remarkable work, the CERI Outreach Team remains a symbol of inspiration and the embodiment of the change we wish to see in the world.

https://remerafilms.pixieset.com/we202355wellnessexpo/

Roger Remera
Community Outreach Advocate
Center for Empowering Refugees & Immigrants (CERI)

10/25/2023

Tai Chi movement at CERI with Irazema Guerrero Melendez after our all staff meeting was the perfect end to a productive meeting!

10/20/2023

Our CERI elders in our Men & Women’s groups have some fantastic moves as we strengthen our bonds of commitment, wellness, friendship, family and welcoming space at CERi!

Our CERI team had a great experience at the COEBT Learning Session in Long Beach, CA. As part of the Cultivating Outcome...
10/19/2023

Our CERI team had a great experience at the COEBT Learning Session in Long Beach, CA. As part of the Cultivating Outcomes Through Equity on Behavioral Telehealth Learning Collective in partnership with the Native American Health Center, our team conducted a meaningful Community Based Participatory Research project to improve health outcomes for our community members! Thank you David Salinas of California Institute of Behavioral Health Solutions -CIBHS and our CERI team Tif Castillo, Kanley Souet Pich, Nirmal Ghimire & Patty Perez! 🌟⭐️✨

CERI’s youth team is very excited to announce our 2023 Halloween Party happening next Friday Oct 27 from 4-6pm! Our awes...
10/19/2023

CERI’s youth team is very excited to announce our 2023 Halloween Party happening next Friday Oct 27 from 4-6pm! Our awesome team and youth interns are working hard to make this a fun and memorable party for everyone. We will have so many fun activities for our youth and their families including trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, games, food, and more! Coming in costume is highly encouraged and will also make for an amazing costume contest. 🙂 Please share the attached flyer with your networks and clients with kids and youth, it will definitely be a fun and spooky time! 🎃🍬🦇

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With gratitude,
Audge Salindong

As Hindu Nepali's greatest festivals Dashain and Dipawali we honor the celebration of the festival at CERI this year. We...
10/18/2023

As Hindu Nepali's greatest festivals Dashain and Dipawali we honor the celebration of the festival at CERI this year. We, the Wellness in Action Family in collaboration with the Nepali Community Support Group and CERI overall want to extend an invitation to you all to celebrate with us. Not sure how much justice we can do to honor the festivals but we are very excited and hopeful to come together to share joy, laughter, food, culture, connections, and most importantly community love.
Sangita Gautam
Photo Credit: Roger Remera
Kanley Souet Pich

Please join CERI at the55+ Wellness Expo 2023!Wednesday, October 25th 9am-12pmAge Well Center at Lake Elizabeth in Fremo...
10/17/2023

Please join CERI at the
55+ Wellness Expo 2023!
Wednesday, October 25th 9am-12pm
Age Well Center at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont.

10/13/2023

Dear CERI Community,

Yesterday, I had the privilege of witnessing a truly powerful demonstration of unity and support that reminded me of the strength we possess when we stand together. The adage, "If one of us falls, we all fall," came to life in a profound way as we rallied around our dear brother, Chanda, during a pivotal moment in his life.

Chanda was taking a significant step in his life, checking himself into ICE, and the atmosphere was filled with a mixture of emotions. As he embraced each of us, it felt like a farewell, and disbelief swept over us. Yet, we stood resilient, united in spirit and purpose.

For the next 30-40 minutes, most of us were silent and held onto hope, awaiting Chanda's return from the ICE building. The moment we saw him emerge, there was an overwhelming sense of joy and triumph. It was a testament to the strength of our collective support.

Throughout this victory, I stole a glance at Chanda's mother, and her expression spoke volumes. It reflected a mix of relief, gratitude, and the pride of seeing her son return outside. It reminded us all why we came together—to stand up for justice, compassion, and unity.

To celebrate this victory and to share our gratitude for Chanda's safe return, we gathered to share a meal. It was a humble yet meaningful way to commemorate the power of togetherness and the resilience of the human spirit.

continues to resonate in my heart, Let us carry this spirit forward, drawing strength from our collective efforts and never underestimating the power of standing together. Here are the few moments I was able to capture. _To Chanda, thanks for allowing me to be there for you – A Luta Continua!

Roger Remera
CERI Community Outreach Advocate

Digital Literacy at CERI
10/13/2023

Digital Literacy at CERI

10/12/2023

Zumba with Maria after our DEI training. Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants - CERI

Thank you Yolanda Asia’s-Youngfor our Diversity, Equity & inclusion courses. “As we prepare for our final DEI session, I...
10/12/2023

Thank you Yolanda Asia’s-Young
for our Diversity, Equity & inclusion courses.

“As we prepare for our final DEI session, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your heartfelt engagement on the journey towards racial equity. Perhaps, you might agree that this healing journey requires self-compassion, love, forgiveness, grace, empathy, vulnerability, and the willingness to engage wholeheartedly.

I believe that these qualities support the intention to co-create healthier communities and cultures of compassionate communication. I honor the courageous process of healing from the harmful effects of racial and cultural injustices, as their impact leaves all of us bereft - and often in repeated cycles of grief and loss.

With our collective healing from grief in mind, I have placed the poem that I read last Tuesday in community by Adrienne Maree Brown below, as I realize that it might be helpful to see the words, as opposed to hearing me read them to you. In honor of the community space, I removed a couple of words from the poetry piece, as I deemed them inappropriate for our purposes.“

SPELL for Grief or Letting Go

by Adrienne Maree Brown

Adequate tears twisting up directly from the heart and rung out across the vocal chords until only a gasp remains;

At least an hour a day spent staring at the truth in numb silence;

A teacup held with both hands, held still under the whispers of permission from friends who can see right through ‘ok’ and ‘fine’;

An absence of theory;

Flight, as necessary;

Poetry, your own and others, on precipice, abandonment, nature and death;

Courage to say what has happened, however strangling the words are…and space to not say a word;

A brief dance with sugar, to honor the legacies of coping that got you this far;

Sentences spoken with total pragmatism that provide clear guidance of some direction to move in, full of the tender care and balance of choice and not having to choose;

Screaming why, and/or expressing fury at the stupid unfair game of it all (this may include hours and hours, even lifetimes, of lost faith);

Laughter, undeniable and unpretended;

A walk in the world, all that gravity, with breath and heartbeat in your ears;

Fire, for all that can be written;

Moonlight – the more full the more nourishing;

Stories, ideally of coincidence and heartache and the sweetest tiny moments;

Time, more time and then more time…enough time to remember every moment you had with that one now taken from you, and to forget to think of it every moment;

And just a glimpse of tomorrow, either in the face of an innocent or the realization of a dream.

This is a nonlinear spell. Cast it inside your heart, cast it between yourself and any devil. Cast it into the parts of you still living.

Remember you are water. Of course you leave salt trails. Of course you are crying.

Flow.

P.S. If there happens to be a multitude of griefs upon you, individual and collective, or fast and slow, or small and large, add equal parts of these considerations:
– that the broken heart can cover more territory.
– that perhaps love can only be as large as grief demands.
– that grief is the growing up of the heart that bursts boundaries like an old skin or a finished life.
– that grief is gratitude.
– that water seeks scale, that even your tears seek the recognition of community.
– that the heart is a front line and the fight is to feel in a world of distraction.
– that death might be the only freedom.
– that your grief is a worthwhile use of your time.
– that your body will feel only as much as it is able to.
– that the ones you grieve may be grieving you.
– that the sacred comes from the limitations.
– that you are excellent at loving.

With love and gratitude,

Yolonda Young-Adisa, M.S.W., A.S.W.

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Covid vaccine remains a vital tool in combating the spread of COVID-19. We strongly urge everyone to ensure they are up-...
10/09/2023

Covid vaccine remains a vital tool in combating the spread of COVID-19. We strongly urge everyone to ensure they are up-to-date with their vaccinations and actively encourage fellow community members to do the same. Sharing is caring, and spreading knowledge about the effectiveness and benefits of vaccinations is paramount. Let's extend this awareness by sharing it with our families, and friends, and on our social media platforms.

General COVID-19 Updates: What You Need to Know

What: There is an updated COVID-19 vaccine
Why: The FDA approved and authorized the updated vaccine because it provides protection against the currently circulating variants
Who: Every 6-months+ are eligible to receive the updated vaccine
When: Updated vaccines are currently being shipped to providers
Where: You can get a vaccine from your healthcare provider or at a local pharmacy Bridge Access Program and Vaccines for Children program ensure COVID-19 vaccines remain free for all

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