Founded in 2010, Burma Refugee Families & Newcomers (BRFN) is a 501(c)(3) ethnic community-based organization (ECBO) initially established to assist refugees of all ethnic groups from Burma resettling in the wider San Francisco Bay Area. BRFN was founded by refugees, asylees and immigrants from Burma who saw the need for culturally and linguistically competent services for newly arrived refugees, or "newcomers". In recent years, we have grown to serve hundreds each year from many parts of the world. Primary groups of newcomers we work with are originally from Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan. Our native language staff conduct case management and social adjustment services in: Dari, Pashto, Farsi, Urdu, Tigrinya, and Amharic. We also serve newcomers from Central America, Haiti, Argentina, Burma, and many other home countries.
Our Board of Directors are active community leaders and our bilingual, bicultural staff are from the communities we serve. Read our Mission Statement and our History or contact us for support.
BRFN's main program is the Social Adjustment/Integration Program. In all our programs, we work collaboratively with other community-based organizations for coordinated care to address the multiple complexities that our newcomer communities face.