We hope to see you in our back to school night on Friday September 13th at 4pm. Come early get the free giveaways and stay to benefit from a presentation by Lori LaPointe, Family Engagement Resource Teacher.

sfshealthfairflier2013 3The Fifth Annual Health Fair in Honor of World Refugee Day is coming up on June 22nd 2013 and will be held in the City Heights Community Park from 1 PM – 5 PM. This year SFS is partnering once again with the East African Collaborative - a collaborative of 8 organizations working with East African communities in San Diego. The Fifth Annual Health Fair’s theme is Healthcare Reform, and this year SFS aims to inform the East African community about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The purpose of the Health Fair is primarily to promote health and healthy communities in San Diego, particularly with East African communities. Over the past 20 years, more than 30,000 East Africans have settled in San Diego, mostly concentrated in City Heights.

To overcome the unique cultural and linguistic challenges they face, SFS provides them special assistance with access to healthcare, enrollment in education, and business development. 
We are honored to have Council Member Marti Emerald as one of our guest speakers. So please come and join us for an afternoon full of health-related information, presentations and workshops on women’s health, and lots of fun activities for the whole family!

youth summit flyer2013.jpgYouth Summit 2013

Building our Legacy: Fulfilling our Purpose

Somali Family Service (SFS), in collaboration with Muslim American Society of San Diego (MAS), will host the Second Annual Youth Summit on Saturday, May 11th, 2013. The summit will take place at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation from 11 AM to 6 PM. Community members ages 12 and up are welcome.


The Annual Youth Summit is founded on the principle of bringing together Somali youth and their parents to formulate a healthy dialogue and discuss their differences. The mission of the Youth Summit is to provide safe space for the community to get educated and empowered on the realities of today's world and shed light on the importance of faith, education and family-life.

This year SFS is collaborating with the MAS to engage larger Muslim community in the dialogue. The theme for this year's Youth Summit is "Building our Legacy: Fulfilling our Purpose." The summit will aim to bring awareness of establishing a legacy, setting goals they hope to pursue, and determining the best ways to achieve the goals to the youth. The Youth Summit will focus on a significant topic to the Muslim youth of today—living a balanced and meaningful life while maintaining their faith and identity as Muslims and Americans. The Youth Summit will also provide workshops for students and parents on accessing and attaining higher education; and workshops for parents that will focus on developing better communication strategies, resolving conflicts with their children, and staying involved in their educational path.

Summit Highlights

- Education and career panel discussions
- Motivational keynote speakers
- Entertainment (spoken-word poetry)
- Opportunity to learn about resources available for youth and their families
-Giveaways for parents and youth

Join Us!
May 11, 2013
11 AM – 6 PM
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

For more information, Click here

The 2012 OceanLeaf Awards Celebration Focuses on Peace and Unity

The 2nd Annual Somali Family Service’s OceanLeaf Awards Celebration recognizes individuals who have helped to bridge the gap between the East African refugee community and greater San Diego

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We are hosting our 2nd Annual OceanLeaf Awards. Celebration to recognize the accomplishments of San Diego leaders who have contributed to the advancementof the Somali and East African refugee community in the city. The event celebrates the refugee journey to a new homeland (Ocean) and unity among cultures (Leaf).
There are an estimated 30,000 Somali and other East African refugees living in San Diego County. “San Diego has the second largest population of Somali and East African refugees in the entire nation,” said Ahmed Sahid, President and CEO of Somali Family Service (SFS). “So it’s very important that we are able to help the refugee community integrate into the larger San Diego community well.”
SFS works with a variety of community organizations, non-profit organizations and public offices to help address the unique needs of Somali and other East African refugees and immigrants. “It is very important to us that we work with other like-minded organizations to accomplish our goals,” Sahid added. “It takes combined efforts to see real progress and change happen.”
SFS will be honoring seven community champions at the OceanLeaf Awards on Wednesday,
October 17, 2012. Awards are being given in areas such as health and well-being, leadership, innovation and opportunity. Award honorees include:

            Health and Well-Being Award: Bonnie Copland and Shukri Adam, County of San DiegoCentral Region Public Health Center

            Leadership Award: Agin Shaheed, San Diego Unified School District, The Race/Human
Relations and Advocacy Program

            Opportunity Award: Murugi Kenyatta, Foundation for Women

            Innovation Award: Marjorie Blanchard, Ph.D.

            Spirit Award: Abdulkadir Mohamed

            Emerging Leader Award: Abdulmalik Buul and Ramla Sahid

The OceanLeaf Awards Celebration will take place from 6:00-9:00p.m. on October 17, 2012 at the Jacobs Center Market Creek Plaza. Nancy Sasaki, Executive Director of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation, will be the keynote speaker. The event will include a reception, live entertainment and an awards dinner. The event is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased online at For further event information, contact Hana Mandikova, Event Manager, here or (619) 265-5821.

Somali Family Service of San Diego was launched in 2000 to help meet the needs of Somali and other
East African refugees as they transition to a new life in the United States. Somali Family Service,
along with its community partners, helps Somali and other African families in becoming responsible,
independent and contributing members of San Diego. The organization focuses on developing economic,
health, youth and family strengthening programs. 


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