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SLO4Home is the current focus project of the Social Action Committee. 

SLO4Home is a broad coalition of religious organizations, veteran, and active duty military members, and community activists who are helping Afghan refugees establish new lives and livelihoods on the Central Coast.

COT has joined in supporting the work of this important non-profit organization.

You can be a lifeline for refugee families in need. In the coming months and years the influx of refugees will continue to play a role in our communities across the United States. These families have urgent and varied needs, many having left vibrant lives with only what they could carry. SLO4Home is working to ensure that San Luis Obispo County will be a welcoming and supportive new home for these families. We expect to welcome our first family in April!

This work needs the help of many hands. Our areas of focus include housing, job assistance, education, health, transportation, culture and hospitality. Currently the greatest need is for independent housing and household furniture in good condition. Lists are available below and will be updated as often as possible. 

If you have items you would like to donate, or if you would like to get involved in any other way, please contact

Of course, monetary donations are also needed and may be made at

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEWS UPDATE 5/13/22

We have great news -- the arrival of our first family. This is a family of 3 with an almost  3-year-old daughter. They were warmly greeted at the airport by a contingent from SLO4Home. They are both English speakers and are being housed in a private home. Our various committees will begin work to find long-term housing, employment, educational opportunities, transportation and healthcare. We are exploring the possibility of resettling more members of their family. In addition, we are working towards a goal of welcoming a new family every 4-6 weeks.


SLO4Home is in the news! In case you missed these recent articles, here's a link to one on the KSBY website and one in New Times. Both include interviews with the refugee family members who have arrived so far, while being careful to protect their identities.


Afghan family speaks about journey to U.S. and resettling on the Central Coast

Earlier this year, KSBY News spoke to the non-profit SLO4 Home, an organization aimed at helping Afghan refugees establish new lives on the Central Coast.
Read Article


Fresh start: Afghan refugees embark on new life in San Luis Obispo with support of local nonprofit

The first Afghan refugees to resettle in San Luis Obispo County since the U.S. war in Afghanistan ended described their past year as both a nightmare and a dream.
Read Article

NEWS UPDATE - August 2022
The first family’s names are Abdullah, Sophia and Arsh (toddler.)
We are excited to share the news that our second family, Sophia’s parents and sister, arrived in
early June! Their names are Ibrahim, Asifa and Negina. Both families have settled into
apartments in close proximity to each other in San Luis Obispo. They are learning about living in
SLO County and adjusting to the many changes that have taken place since leaving their home
NEWS UPDATE - November 2022
SLO4Home is now working collaboratively with a Santa Maria Co-Sponsor Team to help resettle
a Syrian refugee family in that area. The family is comprised of parents and two young-adult
sons, all well-educated. They will be staying with a relative for the first few month as they settle
into the community and find employment, which they are eager to do.

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