Refugee Resettlement | 1998 Timelines: La Maestra History

La Maestra Family Clinic receives significant grant funding from Office of Refugee Resettlement, CalWORKs, and others to provide job training and placement for the “hardest to place” refugees.
In collaboration with MAAC and other partners, La Maestra provides entry-level medical and support staff positions to refugees and advances its innovative Medically Trained Cultural Liaison Model to improve cultural diversity in the healthcare field. Over 345 new jobs are created in the first year and hundreds more in the following years. Many of these motivated, new employees are able to move from receiving welfare into the workforce. Strong, ongoing alliances are formed with local employers from healthcare, adult education, children’s literacy, government agencies and legalization, among others.