An increasing number of Iraqi refugees are settling in Sacramento and are looking forward to having their own media and culture. To meet the community’s needs, there’s the niche media and markets that import foods familiar to the growing community of Arabic speakers, some from Iraq, and others from various Middle Eastern countries, including Iran and Farsi-speaking communities that already have a large collection of books and films in the one of the Sacramento public library branches.
All around the community center and restaurants along Fulton Avenue in Arden Arcade, the Arabic-speaking community enjoys gathering around plates of ethnic foods, even when they discuss refugee resettlement issues. And there are numerous people in Sacramento who would like to learn Arabic that are not in that ethnic group. Food stores, chefs, and restaurants bring peoples together. One example is the Arabic-American Learning Center on Fulton Avenue.
Many Iraqi (and other Arabic-speaking areas) have resettled refugees in Sacramento that are searching for their genealogy roots. Some have relatives in various American cities and others are totally new to the USA and to Sacramento. Resettling families is a tremendous job. How do they find the services they need? It’s by forming community centers. When it comes to genealogy, searching for roots is one way of bringing Arabic-speaking people of diverse religions together.
One group that offers numerous services is the Arabic church in Sacramento. American genealogists may not realize that the Arabic Church in Sacramento includes both Muslims and Christians, for example, Iraqi refugees resettled in Sacramento who need all types of services to get them on their feet and established as self-supporting families in this city.
Did you know an Arabic church in Sacramento includes Muslims and Christians and offers numerous services to new, immigrant refugees, such as the sizable Iraqi refugees settling in Sacramento for the past decade? Also see the website for the Arabic-American Learning Center on Fulton Ave in Sacramento. The Arab American Learning Ctr is a private company categorized under Education Centers and located in Sacramento, CA.
As more Arabic grocery stores and restaurants blossom and thrive in Sacramento, especially along Fulton Avenue, a large-space Arabic community center is situated next to Malouf’s Taste of Lebanon restaurant.
A large Arabic community center has been flourishing in Sacramento, right next door to a Lebanese restaurant. The community center teaches Arabic to Americans and English to new Arab immigrants, mainly from Iraq. Numerous Arabic-style restaurants have opened along Fulton Street, in Sacramento.
There’s also an effort to encourage the Arab immigrants from Iraq (or any other Arabic-speaking country) that has been resettled as an immigrant or just living in the city to come to the Arabic Community Center and be given any information they are seeking related to being resettled in Sacramento.
The majority of the newcomers are from Iraq. Additionally, an Arabic church is located in Sacramento. It’s called the Arabic Church of Sacramento. According to the Arabic Church’s website, the Arabic Church of Sacramento is “a tool to expand God’s kingdom, and to be a source of blessing to the Arab and Muslim communities.”
According to its website, “the Arabic Church started with humble beginnings. Pastor Raed and his wife Manar had a burden for the Arab and Muslim community. In 1997, with the Lord’s direction, they began weekly Bible studies in their home. The Awabdeh family quickly became a lighthouse in the midst of darkness.
“In 2004, Pastor Raed took on full-time ministry. But he faced many challenges. The Church’s vision was to reach every Arab and Muslim household in the Sacramento area. But the Arab and Muslim community was scattered all over town. How could the Church reach all these people? How could they be the most effective for Christ? With the Lord’s guidance, Pastor Raed and the Church implemented a strong proactive strategy.”
I. Services: Many families in the Sacramento area attend services at the Arabic Church. Worship and teaching are in Arabic. Also, there are English youth services. Approximately 50% of the attendees are under 20 years old.
II. Community Center Outreach: The Arabic Church of Sacramento Community Center’s mission is to reach the unreached Arab and Muslim communities in Sacramento Metropolitan area.
The center is staffed with Church members and fellow Christians from the community. They are trained to be evangelical witnesses using the CPR system. First, they cultivate the ground by building relationships.
Then, they plant seeds in the hearts of Arabs and Muslims by offering classes such as ESL, Arabic, music, and computer. These services provide them an opportunity to strengthen their relationships.
As a visible shinning light in the community, they hope these relationships will manifest as a testimony for Christ and these unreached people will come to know the Lord as their personal Savior!
III. Casino outreach: Gambling is a serious problem that has been destroying families. In an effort to reach these people, the Church visits the nearby casino once a week from 11 to 1 a.m., to evangelize to the Arabs and any others there.
IV. Prison Ministry: The Church visits the prison once a week to evangelize to prisoners, staff, and visitors.
V. Homeless: Every Sunday morning, the Church collects the leftover pastries from the Damascus Coffee House, makes fresh coffee, and takes old jackets to downtown, where they minister to the needy. The youth from the Church are very involved in this ministry.
VI. Refugee Outreach Program: The Arabic Church of Sacramento works directly with agencies from the UN to welcome Arabic speaking refugees into Sacramento by providing a place for them to stay, teaching them about American culture, helping them obtain drivers licenses, jobs, and all the other common items that are required to successfully integrate into American society.
For further information and statistics on refugees resettlement in Sacramento and other cities, check out the website for the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Offices of Refugee Resettlement. Between 2000 and 2004, the United States admitted just over 340,000 refugees, who came from more than 64 countries. Cubans are the largest group, followed by those from countries in the former USSR and countries in the former Yugoslavia (primarily Bosnia).