Our Impact

The population that CARECEN SF serves is truly representative of the Latino immigrant community in the SF Bay Area.

In 2016, CARECEN SF provided direct legal counsel to 6,616 individuals

CARECEN SF’s programs serve people from the entire Bay Area. The social services side of our programs serve primarily extremely low-income San Francisco residents from Districts 6, 9, 10 and 11. Our commitment to culturally rooted, responsive and accessible programs has proven effective. Reducing barriers to economic, social, cultural and civic integration for immigrant and disconnected families in the SF/Bay Area.

Below are examples of the impact of our work.

CARECEN SF has served over 150,00 people in 31 years of operation

Who does CARECEN SF serve:

  • 90% extremely low-income individuals and families
  • 90% of people who participate in our programs are Spanish speakers
  • 90% Latina/Latino
  • 80% of population is foreign born
  • 45% of population is Mexican
  • 40% Central American
  • 13% Non-Central American, Non-Mexican
  • 3% South American
  • 3% African American
  • 3% White
  • 3% Multi-Racial
  • 3% Other

Primary Countries of Origin:

  • Mexico
  • El Salvador
  • Honduras
  • Guatemala
  • Nicaragua
  • U.S.
  • and other countries in Latin America & the Caribbean

Immigration Legal Program serves:

  • 6,000–7,000 individuals per year
  • 90% low income

In 2016 the Family Health Program:

  • 21 Unaccompanied minors case management cases (UACs)
  • 27 Families going through SF Immigration court
  • 18 Comprehensive information & referrals
  • 14 individuals/families connected to mental health services
  • 3 Community celebrations (Holiday Party, Mother’s Day, Client Recognition Night) with participation of 323 individuals (more than 100 families)

In 2016 the Health Promotion Program:

  • 135 health workshops to the immigrant community with 335 participants
  • 55% participants in health promotions activities do not speak English
  • 7 Saturday Paseos (Fieldtrips)
  • 79% were women
  • 21% were men

In 2016 the Immigration Legal Program:

  • Connected 189 individuals with immigration attorneys to provide legal representation for their cases.
  • Adjusted the status for 80 individuals, 251 TPS (Temporary Protected Status).
  • Assisted 2,078 cases/individuals with various immigration processes, including but not limited to TPS, DACA, Family Petitions, U Visas, Naturalization, etc.

CARECEN SF is the fiscal lead for SFILDC. A coalition of 15 partner organizations, who combined are insuring access to legal representation for almost 449 Unaccompanied Minors and others detained at the US/Mexico border and are currently in deportation proceedings in San Francisco’s immigration court.

Number of cases successfully resolved for SFILDC: 613

Second Chance Youth Program:

In 2016, Second Chance Youth Program provided intensive case management to 80 young people, ages 14 to 25.

CARECEN SF has graduated two youth leadership program cohorts with a total of 22 young people. They received a total of 200 hours of leadership development training. Working with community partners to analyze people, place and power structures that can positively or negatively impact individual, family and community life.

Tattoo Removal Clinic:

  • 100 young people served in 2016
  • 58 females / 42 males
  • 53 intensive case management